I want to write a children's picture book, submit it to a publisher, and get it published. Now what? [more inside]
Looking for lists of memes, themes and repeated elements in children's stories that I can use in entirely new stories I'm making up for actual children. [more inside]
Help me find the name/author of a short story with the following plot: human children are the work slaves of gremlins (goblins?), and made to do manual labor underground. Those with good behavior and who are getting older are "graduated" and told that they're being freed, but after a gremlin-only "ceremony," are killed for food instead. [more inside]
Help me find the (possibly Italian) origins of a story I was told in my childhood about a little boy who carried goods from his mother's to his grandmother's home and vice versa.
I'm looking for a story (or folk tale) my grandfather used to tell me as a child. His parents came to the US from Italy when they were in their 20's, and had him shortly thereafter. So the story may have originated in Italy. [more inside]
I'm trying to track down something I remembered watching on television a long time ago. The only thing I can really remember is the climax of the story, which I vaguely recall was about these parents or caretakers (babysitters, perhaps) telling two young children about some kind of bogeyman. At the end, a giant arm reaches through the front door and grabs them while the children watch. I have a feeling it could have been an episode of an Outer Limits type show, or maybe a Trilogy of Terror type thing.
Children's Story Filter: I'm trying to remember a picture book about a train conductor who had retired. He ended up building a working train that ran through a park, and he gave children tours. [more inside]
I need a version of the Christmas story that is simple enough for children to understand in a story format rather than reading scripture. An online version would be nice!
I was looking at mathowie's weblog: a.wholelottanothing.org, and he talked about the "theme" of the baby shower they just had - "bring your absolute favorite book you owned as a child". What was yours? [more inside]