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Understanding moon phases. Why does the moon seem to change its shape every night?

Understanding moon phases

The answer is the moon is a world in space, just as Earth is. Like Earth, it’s always half illuminated by the sun. In other words, the round globe of the moon has a day side and a night side. From our earthly vantage point, as the moon orbits around Earth, we see varying fractions of its day and night sides. These are the changing phases of the moon. As the moon orbits Earth, it changes phase in an orderly way. Waxing CrescentFirst QuarterWaxing GibbousFull MoonWaning GibbousLast QuarterWaning CrescentNew Moon … and here are the names of all the full moons. The primary key to understanding moon phases is to think about the whereabouts of the sun. Another key to understanding moon phases is to remember that, like the sun and all the planets and stars, the moon rises in the east and sets in the west each and every day. Also, remember that the moon takes about a month (one “month”) to orbit the Earth. Seuss » Nine Kinds of Pie.

Every March 2nd, Americans celebrate the birthday of Dr.

Seuss » Nine Kinds of Pie

Seuss (a.k.a. Ted Geisel) by reading his work… and by sharing words he neither wrote nor said. I understand why. Seuss could be pithy. He’s far from the only aphoristic writer to be credited with phrases he didn’t coin. But finding something on the internet does not confirm that what you’ve found is true. 1. The sentiment here is congruent with Seuss’s public statements and some of his children’s books, but he never said this.

The Business of Self-Publishing Children's Picture Books: Two Literary Agents Weigh In. Today’s guest post is by Sangeeta Mehta (@sangeeta_editor), a former acquiring editor of children’s books at Little, Brown and Simon & Schuster, who runs her own editorial services company.

The Business of Self-Publishing Children's Picture Books: Two Literary Agents Weigh In

Back in 1901, aspiring writer Beatrix Potter was frustrated with rejection letters from publishers, so she “privately published” 250 copies of her first book for distribution to friends and family. Within a year, The Tale of Peter Rabbit was picked up by Frederick Warne, one of the publishers that had originally turned it down. Summer Edward- Children's writer and Caribbean children's literature specialist. I recently had a client who was confused about the different children's book formats.

Summer Edward- Children's writer and Caribbean children's literature specialist

This is not unusual. I remember when I first started out to learn about children's publishing, I was confused by all the jargon myself. Early readers? Chapter books? Picturebooks? If you want to succeed in this field, it's important to know the standard genres and formats associated with books for children and young people. Board books are the "baby" of the children's book family. Board books are also small in size and typically (although not always) square-shaped– the standard size being 6×6 inches – making them easy for the small hands of very young children to handle.

Since these books are for pre-emergent readers (babies and toddlers who are just beginning to grasp the basic concepts of books, letters, and print) and early emergent readers, they have very simple subject matter and basic plots. Picturebooks Picturebooks are written for children ages 4 to 8 (or 3 to 8). Your Subscribe & Save Items.


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How to Write a Picture Book with Fabulous Rhyme and Meter. R & M comes naturally to some writers.

How to Write a Picture Book with Fabulous Rhyme and Meter

To others, combining rhyme and meter with a neat story is an exercise in frustration -- however, a great picture book must have all three. The subject of rhyming picture books often comes up on children's writing lists. Will kids root for your main character? After countless rewrites, and knee-deep forays into your rhyming dictionary, are you happy with the results, or do you scream, "Ahaaaaaaaaaaa! " A Few R and M Clues: Meter is akin to singing on key. A Rhyming Dictionary and Thesaurus are Invaluable Tools: Click any of the links below for rhyming help. Rhyme Zone Write Express Word Central-Rhyming Dictionary The Story Counts Too! The story you tell is just as important as your rhyme and meter.

Kids love to hear a favorite story over and over. Below are a variety of excellent resources that will help you unravel the mystery of writing rhyme and meter. "To Rhyme or Not to Rhyme" by Dori Chaconas. Understanding and Explicating Poetry (no author noted). Tactile Picture Books Project. Tactile Picture Books Project. Creating a storyboard for children's picture books.