Monday, December 11th, 2017

Is it a Chapter Book or Middle Grade?

What’s the difference between a middle grade novel and a chapter book? The lines can often seem blurry – but the truth is that each is a unique format in children’s publishing. The table below clarifies the essential but often subtle differences between the two:   MIDDLE GRADE CHAPTER BOOKS AUDIENCE Reader is usually between […]

Beach Writes – The Southampton Childrens Literature Conference

“If you’re dreaming of becoming the next J. K. Rowling, we’ve got the perfect place for you—the Southampton Children’s Literature Conference!” So said School Library Journal last year after Rocco Staino paid a visit to the Stony Brook Southampton campus to observe the Conference in action. As Director of the Conference, I am delighted to […]

Did That Really Happen? Writing Historical Fiction

Historical fiction is a challenging medium in the children’s book world, but one that can really pay off – especially if it deals with an aspect of history that is curriculum-connected, such as the middle ages, the silk road or the civil war.  Some of the more successful authors who have made names for themselves […]