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

Discovering the Magic of the Whole Novel Workshop

Discovering the Magic of the Whole Novel Workshop

3 Questions With Rob Costello and Nora Shalaway Carpenter About Writing Short Fiction

3 Questions With Rob Costello and Nora Shalaway Carpenter About Writing Short Fiction

3 Questions With Editor Harold Underdown About Submitting Your Manuscript to Agents and Editors

3 Questions With Editor Harold Underdown About Submitting Your Manuscript to Agents and Editors

3 Questions With Author Sarah Aronson About Writing the Novel Only You Can

3 Questions With Author Sarah Aronson About Writing the Novel Only You Can

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Stories from Our Highlights Foundation Alumni

Studying Picture Book and Nonfiction Craft With Support from  PJ Library Scholarship

Studying Picture Book and Nonfiction Craft With Support from PJ Library Scholarship

Celebrating Rhonda Roumani’s Book Birthday!

Celebrating Rhonda Roumani’s Book Birthday!

Attending the Jewish Symposium with Support from the PJ Library Scholarship

Attending the Jewish Symposium with Support from the PJ Library Scholarship

Celebrating Nathalie Alonso’s Picture Book Debut!

Celebrating Nathalie Alonso’s Picture Book Debut!

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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.