This is my first post of the 2017 AtoZ Blogging Challenge. My theme this year is "For Writers and Readers" and today's word is "Animal." For Writers, I'll be sharing my ideas about when it's OK to have anthropomorphic animals in your story, and tips on how to do that effectively. For Readers, I'll talk about nonfiction animals, and why you might sometimes find them in the picture book (fiction) section.
For Writers - Anthropomorphic Animals
With talking-animal movies rising in popularity, you might think it's more acceptable to have anthropomorphic animals in your book.
And you would be right.
Recently Dr. Mira Reisberg of Children's Book Academy fame gave some wonderful examples of picture books with anthropomorphic characters.
BUT you can't just assume that putting clothes on a Squirrel or a Tiger, giving it a name and letting is act like a human will make your picture book a great marketable work. Here are some things to keep in mind when writing anthropomorphic characters:
For Readers – Nonfiction Animals
The realm of picture books has become more of a spectrum between fiction and nonfiction than any hard, fast lines. However, there are three key categories within nonfiction picture books that serve as primary hallmarks. (Shout out to Melissa Stewart for teaching me about these through her blog.)
Links (and Disclaimer)
I mentioned a lot of links in this post and I recommend you check out them all! (But probably one at a time...)
And for further Reading about the Subject...
And Of Course
Now the disclaimer: I have chosen not to post in the comments of the official blog because I am offline today. This is a scheduled post. I wouldn't be able to visit anyone else today, but on 'B' I promise I'll be around to visit and comment on others.
That said, feel free to leave a comment and I'll put you at the top of my list of visits on Monday
Happy A to Z!
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