Two Hands to Love You
By Diane Adams
Illustrated by Paige Keiser

Various family members tell how their hands will help a baby as he grows. Two hands will “rock you to sleep,” “raise you up high,” “help you squeeze lemons for juice,” and so on. All end with the same couplet: “For you are my baby; I’ll never be far./I’ll love you, think of you, wherever you are.” The story starts with an infant and ends with a toddler. The text is written in carefully metered anapestic tetrameter with end rhyme, which gives it an easy rocking feel when reading it aloud. Each stanza is narrated by a different person. The soft ink and watercolor sketches are done mostly in black and white; the only colors are touches of yellow and pink. This sweet book would make a good choice for baby programs or a one-on-one read. Pair it with Mem Fox’s Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes (Harcourt, 2008) and Robert Munsch’s Love You Forever. —School Library Journal

 

Tips for New Writers

People always ask me how I became a writer. It was a long learning process, and I hope that by sharing these tips with you, it will be a little bit easier. Hope these help.
  1. Buy The Children’s Writers and Illustrator’s Guide.
    This book lists the names and addresses of publishers, art directors, and agents. It also tells you what style of writing or art they're looking for, and if they accept unagented material. A must have.
  2. Join the SCBWI - Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.
    The SCBWI is a professional organization that sends out a bi-monthly newsletter about the publishing industry. It also hosts national and international conferences that bring in top writers, illustrators, publishers and agents. It's a great way to make contacts.
  3. Take writing or illustration classes at local colleges.
  4. Visit libraries and children’s book stores. Read as many children’s books as possible. Find out what’s out there, and what isn’t. Ask teachers and librarians what subjects aren‘t covered. Maybe there’s a niche you can fill.
  5. Join a writer’s group or create your own.
  6. Revise. Revise. Revise.
  7. Submit. Submit. Submit.
  8. Always include a self-addressed, stamped envelope with your manuscript.
  9. Send in a one page letter with your manuscript, describing the story in two to three sentences. Tell about yourself in two to three sentences, including anything special you’ve done in your life. Don’t be afraid to say that this is your first manuscript. Thank the publisher for his/her time and include contact information. Be prepared to wait 6 – 8 weeks for a response.
  10. Never give up. Writing is personal. If one publisher doesn’t like it, another one just might. Be creative. Have fun. This is an adventure that you won’t regret.

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