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Last night, I taught a class on how to write and publish children’s books.  I heard myself tell those who attended that I’ve had a blast with this avocation.  It’s true.

I started to write children’s books over 20 years ago, and I enjoy every minute of it.  I pick topics with which kids can identify, ones that will keep them entertained.  So far, it’s worked.  While my books are very eclectic and focus on a variety of genres and writing styles, children always seem to enjoy the plots and themes as they revel in the colorful artwork.  My two bestsellers continue to be Don’t Pick Your Nose and What If? However, Ethan the Ending Eater, a story that encourages reading, has pulled into a strong third place and is especially appealing to boys.  (Incidentally, the illustrations were drawn by former students of mine, once they entered college.)  My other two books, Puddles and Nurse Robin’s Hats, have lively rhyme schemes and are adored by many who have an interest in the subject matter.

Although it takes a lot of work to write and publish books, what fun it has been for me.  Work can be very gratifying and satisfying.  That was the point I emphasized last night.

~Debbie Ladd

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