Creating Books for the Youngest Readers
In this webinar, best-selling author-illustrator Joyce Wan reveals:
- Essential elements of effective books for the very young.
- What makes these books engaging, enriching, and entertaining for repeat readings?
- Different types and formats and how they fit into this genre.
- Ways one can find inspirations for concept/novelty book ideas
- Key ingredients for creating a series.
- Strategies for making your idea unique.
- Things to know for submitting and selling a book in this genre.
Award-winning author-illustrator, Joyce Wan, designed a greeting card when she was in first grade for a city-wide greeting card design contest. The design won first place and was subsequently sold through a major department store. Twenty years later, that design would inspire her to launch her own design studio called Wanart where she was creating greeting cards again. These greeting cards led her to children's book publishing after meeting an art director at a trade show. Her first book GREETINGS FROM KIWI AND PEAR was published in 2009. Since then she has published over 2 dozen books for children including the best-selling YOU ARE MY CUPCAKE. Her books have now sold a total of over one million copies worldwide.
Joyce is the recipient of the Mills-Tannenbaum Award for Children's Literacy from Reach Out and Read of Greater New York which recognizes children’s book authors dedicated to promoting a lifelong love of reading in young children. She was also twice chosen to be featured at the Society of Illustrators Original Art Show which showcases original art from the year’s best children’s books (2011, 2016).
Joyce is originally from Massachusetts and currently lives in New Jersey with her husband and daughter. She hopes to spread joy through all her work and inspire people to embrace the spirit of childhood and follow their dreams.