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

Making the Distinction Between Facts and Truth in Historical Fiction

Making the Distinction Between Facts and Truth in Historical Fiction

On Writing Historical Fiction: Marilisa Jiménez García and Donna Jo Napoli

On Writing Historical Fiction: Marilisa Jiménez García and Donna Jo Napoli

Read a Verse Novel a Day for Poetry Month

Read a Verse Novel a Day for Poetry Month

Get to Know Your Character on a No-Limit Shopping Spree

Get to Know Your Character on a No-Limit Shopping Spree

Get Involved at the Highlights Foundation

Stories from Our Highlights Foundation Alumni

Chat with Artists-in-Residency Meg Medina, Jerry Spinelli, Eileen Spinelli and Suzanne Bloom

Chat with Artists-in-Residency Meg Medina, Jerry Spinelli, Eileen Spinelli and Suzanne Bloom

Eric Rohmann: The Best Mentor is Curiosity

Eric Rohmann: The Best Mentor is Curiosity

Denise, Ducks, and Getting Dressed: An Interview with Denise Fleming

Denise, Ducks, and Getting Dressed: An Interview with Denise Fleming

Don Tate on Career, Mentorship and the Path to Publication

Don Tate on Career, Mentorship and the Path to Publication

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