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About the Book

How long have you held the dream of creating a children’s picture book? Whether you intend to give the gift of words and images in book form to your loved ones, write the next children’s bestseller, or help others to bring their ideas to life… child writes is the book for you!

Emma Mactaggart, picture book author, publisher and founder of the unique Child Writes Program, shares her proven methodology for creating picture books.

Child Writes provides comprehensive, commonsense and creative inspiration for anyone who has ever wanted to make a picture book. It’s not just for writers, not just for illustrators. It’s for anyone starting out a picture book creator, whether they wish to pursue commercial publication or self publication. From the very beginning of creating an idea, to writing it, through to publishing and marketing it, every step of the way is clearly explained.





Believing everyone has the right to see their words in print has become a slight obsession for Emma. This has inspired her latest publishing project - the 'how to' guide for inspiring writers. Child Writes: Creating a Children's Picture book is Child's Play, was published in May 2012 and it won a GOLD Best Non-Fiction Adult eBook at the 2012 IPPY Awards. Imagine, illustrated by Ester De Boer has just won a GOLD Best Children's Illustrated eBook at the 2015 IPPY Awards in New York, USA and one of the illustrations 'Lyrebird' was selected for exhibition in the Book Illustrated Gallery, for the Asian Festival for Children's Content in Singapore.

She is a regular on ABC South East Queensland, with a monthly book review with Belinda Sanders and often, happily, fulfils the role as guest judge for painting competitions and book week festivals – whatever she is asked to do!




Ainsley Shepherd is passionate about writing, her children, and all things Australian. She aims to encourage her readers to value their uniqueness and be true to who they were made to be. The experiences of her children, combined with their rural Queensland lifestyle, provides the perfect environment for creating inspirational stories that children will love.


She is the editor of the award winning Child Writes: Creating a Children’s Picture Book is Child’s Play. Ainsley lives in Gayndah with her husband David and their four children.

What they say

I feel privileged to have had the opportunity to review this book. It is a step-by-step guide to writing and illustrating a children's picture book. It could be used as the children's story book writer's bible. It is so comprehensive and covers, in plain English, all that you need to know when writing for children.

It answers all the questions that an emerging writer asks and can rarely get the answers too. As the author of over 12 children's books I have learned quite a bit from reading this book. Emma has put so much research into her books which it is shown by the multitude of knowledge she reveals to the reader. I consider this a must to anyone who wants to write a children's picture book.

Coral Nicholls

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