The blog of children's book author and illustrator Don Tate II
Monday, May 22, 2006
I'm so confused
I've just read my five picture books for the day. I picked them out randomly. All five books were written from the point of view of an adult -- not the child. Not one dealt with the child solving a problem. All were very nostalgic (adults recalling a childhood experience, every one of them, literally). Top it off, each book had a prayer, or someone prayed (though, none were religious books). All of these things go against what I've been learning about writing for children. Tell me, are there really any rules?