Everyone is a book critic these days. The internet, for better or worse, has given voice to anyone with a connection and a few moments to spare. Customer reviews on Amazon.com, personal blogs, fan websites, and comments on publisher websites; the opportunities to share one’s opinion are countless. But does the average Joe or Jane know what makes a good children’s book? I’ve worked in children’s publishing most of my adult life, and sometimes I wonder if I actually know.
I’ve done a little research and rounded up the following articles addressing this very subject. What makes a good children’s book? Give these articles a quick read and see what conclusion you come to.
New Yorker article by Adam Gidwitz “What Makes A Good Children’s Book?”
Publishing Perspectives article by Dennis Abrams “What Makes a Children’s Book Great?”
Today.com article by Sarah Maizes “7 Tips on How to Write A Good Children’s Book”
Time article “100 Best Children’s Books of All Time”