Writer Abroad was up at 4 a.m. this morning reading Goodnight, Moon, Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You?, and Corduroy to Baby M. Some of these books were read at least five times in a row. (Note: Writer Abroad usually reads on demand.)
|Children's books can teach us a lot about good writing|
Most writers don't study books for very young children in order to improve their writing. But, as Writer Abroad discovered, studying the short story (the 200-word version) is possibly the best way to learn about good writing.
Writing should have rhythm.
Great example: ABC by Dr. Seuss
The story should have a forward momentum.
(The words should beg you to finish them, even after the tenth reading in a row...)
Great example: Barnyard Dance by Sandra Boynton
There should be a lesson.
Great example: Little Pea by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
Parallel construction is nice. Especially when it's done with humor too.
Great example: But Not the Hippopotamus by Sandra Boynton
Ok fellow writers, Writer Abroad needs a nap! Anyone else have examples of what a great children's book can teach us?