BLOG BREAK Classic and Contemporary

Nick Cross presents his selection of must-read SCBWI-BI member blogs.

Clare Helen Welsh is trying to cover all the bases this week. As part of her blog tour for How Messy! (yes, ANOTHER new picture book), she contributes a guest post for Rachael Davis's Picture Book Perfect blog about how to write a picture book series. Then, as a helpful follow-up, here's Clare blogging for Picture Book Den all about successful query letters and routes to publication.

Here are another pair of posts, this time from different authors discussing the slippery business of generating ideas. Vanessa Harbour discusses the challenge of writing her new novel, Safe, reopening a story that she'd closed off at the end of a previous book. Meanwhile, Claire Fayers offers a tongue-in-cheek guide to brainstorming (plus some genuine tips).
Claire Watts is thinking about the tension between classic and contemporary children's books. Should parents leave their childhood favourites behind to introduce their kids to modern stories and characters?

Finally, here is a writer living her best life. Rashmi Sirdeshpande blogs about her exciting experiences as an official World Book Day author for 2022.

*Feature image: Blog Break logo by Nick Cross


Nick Cross is Words & Pictures' Blog Network Editor. An Undiscovered Voices winner, he both writes and illustrates for children, and was honours winner of the SCBWI Magazine Merit Award for fiction.

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