This course is ideal for: Anyone wanting to know how to create a chapter book series for early readers
Learn how to write a book that 6 to 9 year olds will love
Discover what goes into a story that enthrals younger readers
Find out how to work with illustrations
Receive personalised feedback on a writing exercise.
And much more.
Children’s books are among the biggest sellers in the publishing industry and avid readers are always hungry for more. In this course, you’ll learn the basics so you can get started with your own chapter book. Join award-winning author Lesley Gibbes as she explains the essentials in this introductory course.
If you’re thinking longer than a picture book but shorter than a middle grade novel then you’re on the right track. Chapter books have a tight word count but are complex enough to be divided into chapters with accompanying illustrations. They have a big story with a vocabulary and sentence structure modified to support newly independent readers.
In this course you’ll be fine-tuning your understanding of your target audience and how to meet their unique reading and motivational needs with a short illustrated story in a chapter book format.
– Liz Ledden
Fun, silly, quirky, scary, adventurous and even a little bit naughty – add in plenty of illustrations and what's not to like about this format of chapter books! It's a segment that has become ridiculously popular in the past two decades especially and kids simply can't get enough of them. They love the illustrated, high-impact story in a chapter book format (making them feel like a grown up!). Ultimately it's the vital first step for kids into a world of independent reading – which is why it's so important to make it such a fun experience. When you write early chapter books, you're writing books that will inspire kids to read for life! (But hey, no pressure…)
This is one of AWC’s 20+ “self-paced” online courses. But what does that mean? Allow us to explain:
– Debra Tidball
Lesley Gibbes is an internationally published children’s author and primary school teacher. Her books include the hilarious, internationally published chapter book series Fizz, illustrated by Stephen Michael King (CBCA Notable Book, Younger Readers) and picture books Scary Night (CBCA Honour Book, Early Childhood), Little Bear’s First Sleep (CBCA Notable Book, Early Childhood), Bring A Duck, Quick As A Wink Fairy Pink, Fluke and Bouncing Bouncing Little Joeys. She has a Bachelor of Education from the University of Sydney and 16 years teaching experience in Primary Education.
– Kerry Malone
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