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Books for Children’s Writers

Books to bring out the very best in your own writing for children!

Whether you’ve written a story or you’re thinking of writing one,

whether you’re self-publishing or going through a traditional publishing company,

children’s author Jennifer Tzivia MacLeod will be with you every step of the way.

(Don’t forget to read and follow her Write Kids’ Books blog, too.)

★★★★★ Praise for The Seven Day Manuscript Machine and Writing the Bible for Children:

“This book is not only helping me…it also made me laugh aloud frequently… One of the super features about this guide is the fact that each chapter covers picture books, nonfiction and fiction. If you write for kids, you need it. (But the same info is applicable to writing for any age).”

“If you are a “newbie” in the writing world, you can’t afford not to buy this book, read it, and then get to work on revising your current manuscript.”

“By creating a to-do list for one week manuscript completion, this book gives writers a clear goal along with great suggestions for improvements. Procrastinator that I am, this book is ideal for ensuring that I actually get done!”

”Jennifer has written this valuable guide in perfectly digestable bite-size chunks….. I love her writing style – clear, humorous and straight to the point. The book is chock full of practical advice and useful nuggets.”

“Step by step and inch by Inch the author reveals ways to grab the right subject from the Bible, then shows what else the new writer can look for and write about.”

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  • Writing the Bible for Children:  Why write Biblical stories? Polls show that more than 90% of Americans believe in God. They may not all be deeply devout, but many are, and that means hundreds of thousands of parents looking for books that reflect their own family’s values. Obviously, this is a major market. So that is the Number One reason not to write a Biblical story for children. Don’t do it because you’re going to make a fortune. Do it because the Bible is full of fabulous, eternal stories. Demand will never run out for fun and fascinating contemporary takes on Biblical material. From the author of over a dozen kids’ books on Biblical and spiritual themes, learn how to create blazing Biblical stories that thrill and excite. Share these timeless tales with a new generation.
  • The Seven Day Manuscript MachineIf the world can be created in seven days, surely seven days is enough time to make your raw children’s story really sing. Author of the Write Kids’ Books blog, children’s writer and editor Jennifer Tzivia MacLeod guides you through an intense seven days, getting your manuscript ready for publishing. Feed your story into the Seven Day Manuscript Machine and crank the handle to …
    – Unscramble and pump up 3D characters
    – Zoom in on precise vocabulary that delights readers
    – Sculpt your story’s natural breakpoints and flow
    – Weed out the clichés that kill your originality
    – Polish your plot to a shine
    … And reveal the genius within your own story.
  • Coming soon – Children’s Story Magic:  30 days, 30 tasty bite-sized writing lessons!!!

The Jewish Monsters Series

This series lets kids explore universal themes in a fun way through the lens of Jewish festivals and observances, bringing out the monster in each and every one of us.

Hand illustrated in beautifully rhyming verse, these monsters’
precious stories will bring a smile to any Jewish child’s face.

★★★★★ Praise for Shabbat Monsters:

“A children’s book that manages to tie the themes of Rosh HaShanah–with its emphasis on making amends, with… Penguins! An unlikely combination? Definitely, and all the more enjoyable for that.”

“Shabbat Monsters is a sweet book of poetry that teaches kids about both Shabbat, and why the holy day is about more than games and good food. Lovely illustrations that really capture the essence of the story.”

“I read it to my 5 year old. We both loved the rhyming and the story. I occasionally stopped and looked at him for a moment and would ask, “what do you think?” He would smile and give his answer as he picked up on the moral of the story.”

“My 3 year old said “Read it Again Mommy!!!!””

“They are not monsters in the scary sense, children will want to cuddle them rather than hide.”

 Shabbat Monsters, by Jennifer Tzivia MacLeod Chanukah Monsters, by Jennifer Tzivia MacLeod Kosher Monsters, by Jennifer Tzivia MacLeod

Plus this FREE coloring book!

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  • Shabbat Monsters“Shabbat monsters love to play On their holy special day. Love to skip and dance around… Can’t you hear that rumbly sound?” Shabbat is a sad time for one newcomer who just doesn’t feel like he fits in. Will the other monsters let him join in the fun? Find out in a fun rhyming tale that’s sure to bring out the Shabbat monster in everyone!
  • Chanukah Monsters“Chanukah monsters light the lights, Time to enjoy the first of eight nights. Sniff and taste their Chanukah treats, Sing out loud to monstrous beats.” Chanukah is fun for everyone… until one monster gets a gift he just doesn’t love. Will his jealousy ruin their party, or will the monsters find a way to play happily (and safely) together? Find out in a fun rhyming tale that’s sure to bring out the Chanukah monster in everyone!
  • Coming soon – Kosher Monsters!!!

Watch the Shabbat Monsters trailer here:

The Jewish Nature Series

This series takes a fun, lighthearted look at Jewish holidays through the eyes of adorable young animals.

Yes, it’s a little bit silly.  And no, the books don’t teach about the holidays… as such.

Lots and lots of books are already out there to teach your kids what to do on Rosh Hashanah or how we celebrate Passover.  These books are all about the fun, and the pure love of the festival.

Explore the spiritual significance of the holidays in a fun, new way
and greet the Jewish festivals together, with a smile!

★★★★★ Praise for Penguin Rosh Hashanah:

“A children’s book that manages to tie the themes of Rosh HaShanah–with its emphasis on making amends, with… Penguins! An unlikely combination? Definitely, and all the more enjoyable for that.”

“It is difficult to find Jewish holiday themed children’s books that are well illustrated, fun to read, and brought down in easy and understandable language. This book does a great job at all three.”

 Otter Passover, by Jennifer Tzivia MacLeod Panda Purim, by Jennifer Tzivia MacLeod Penguin Rosh Hashanah, by Jennifer Tzivia MacLeod

  • Otter Passover:  When a young otter dreads having to say the Mah Nishtanah for the first time, a simple lesson from the holiday reminds her that there’s more to celebrating Pesach than getting the words exactly right.
  • Panda Purim:  Not everybody looks forward to Purim.  One young panda has a lot on his mind before the holiday… but ultimately realizes he’s kind of excited anyway.
  • Penguin Rosh Hashanah:  Rosh Hashanah is right around the corner. And, as children will discover in this delightful tale, featuring full-colour photographs of penguins in their natural setting, there are several important steps – beyond apples and honey – that go into preparing for a whole New Year.

Watch the Penguin Rosh Hashanah trailer here: