Tell Your Story: Novels

Novels are an exciting genre in children’s literature, whether they are middle grade (ages 8-13) or  young adult (ages 13 and up.) There are seemingly endless novel categories, too: novels in verse, contemporary, horror, fantasy, historical fiction, mystery and narrative nonfiction.

Whatever your novel interest, we’ve got resources and workshops to help you begin, revise, plot, outline, receive feedback, develop characters and more.

No matter where you are on your journey, we’re glad you’re here.  We can give you the skills you need to create the very best novel for kids and teens.

Novel Workshops

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Inspiring Children Through Story

“My picture book … deals with parents separating. One little boy, who parents recently divorced, went to bed with [it] many nights. This deeply moved me to know this picture book helped this little boy.

“I tutor 2nd grade reluctant readers. My understanding of picture book structure and prose allows me to help them learn more than words. Rather than just read the story, we talk about it.”

“You mean I get to keep this book forever?”

…Spoken by a child in tears who was gifted with one of my books at a school visit and had never owned a book before.

“When I hear kids giggle while I’m reading [my book] I feel like I’ve done the job I intended to do.

Novel Resources

Congratulations to Our Faculty 2020 ALA Youth Media Award Winners!

Congratulations to Our Faculty 2020 ALA Youth Media Award Winners!

Step Away From Your Manuscript & Shake Things Up With Writers’ Bingo

Step Away From Your Manuscript & Shake Things Up With Writers’ Bingo

Lights, Camera, ACTION: The Importance of Starting in a Scene

Lights, Camera, ACTION: The Importance of Starting in a Scene

Novel Writing Regrets? Avoid These Oops, Oh Nos, & Uh Ohs

Novel Writing Regrets? Avoid These Oops, Oh Nos, & Uh Ohs

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Stories from Our Highlights Foundation Alumni

Jennifer Jacobson and Ruth Behar About How Each Genre Requires a Different Creative Process

Jennifer Jacobson and Ruth Behar About How Each Genre Requires a Different Creative Process

Jennifer Jacobson and Melissa Sweet on How One Book Leads to Another

Jennifer Jacobson and Melissa Sweet on How One Book Leads to Another

Student Spotlight: Crafting Author Visits

Student Spotlight: Crafting Author Visits

Ashley Hope Pérez and Alisa Alering on How Source and Story Go Together

Ashley Hope Pérez and Alisa Alering on How Source and Story Go Together

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The Highlights Foundation positively impacts children by amplifying the voices of storytellers who inform, educate, and inspire children to become their best selves.  Learn more about our impact.