Sure, you’re all about the writing. But if you want to write for kids, or teens, or even toddlers, then it might be a good idea to check out what kids, or teens, or even toddlers are reading (or chewing on, as the case may be).
That’s why I like this site I stumbled upon recently: Teens Read, too. At TRT, you can find the latest books, as well as great reviews. You can even find the TRT Hall of Fame, listing those books that the reviewers consider to be all-time keepers.
In a perfect world, I’d read all these books. But in the less-than-perfect world I live in, it’s pretty darn convenient to run to this site to check out a book. Then I can decide whether I want to read it. Or, at the very least, I can get enough info to sound somewhat intelligent at the SCBWI conferences.
Kidlit.com is another great place to check out if you write for the kidlit set. It’s the site of Mary Kole, associate agent at Andrea Brown Literary Agency. She writes about manuscripts, and books, and advice and agent stuff. Well, you get the picture. And if you want to get your picture book published, she might be just the gal to lend a helping hand.
So here’s something for you to chew on: make reading part of your writing routine, and see how far you can go!