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Confidently Write Your First Children's Book!

Learn how to write a children's book that kids enjoy reading in this easy-to-follow course!

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"I have learned so much from this course. I literally knew nothing about writing a book, let alone a children's book. All I had was an idea inspired by my children. I am truly grateful for this course and am so grateful for you!"

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So you thought writing a kid's book would be easy . . .

After all, it's only 500 words. Yeah, 500 words you need to keep a 5-year-old entertained.

Let's be honest -- kids will tell you if they don't like something. Including your story, if you don't write it well enough. And they can sense a lesson coming from a mile away.

You might have a good idea. But you don't want them to chuck your book on the floor in search of a better one because you couldn't write it well enough.

The truth is anyone can write a Word Doc and call it a children's book. But that's not good enough. In order to write a GOOD children's book, something that kids actually want to read, you have to know what you're doing. (For real know.)

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The simple 4-step process to write a children's book that kids ENJOY!

Kidlit Writing 101 - 4 step writing process

1 - Gather Your Story Assets

Kidlit Writing 101 - 4 step writing process

2 - Write Your First Draft

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3 - Edit Your Story to Perfection

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4 - Prepare to Publish It!

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"Your course has been very helpful. It gave me great perspective on how to change the things that I can make better. My first manuscript is finished and because of your course I’m more confident in writing and will continue to write more stories."

- Deb Wade -

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Hi, I'm Brooke Van Sickle!

And I want to help you write a children's book that kids LOVE to read!

I started writing children's books in 2014, but couldn't get my idea from my brain to paper. No matter how hard I tried, I kept receiving rejection letter after rejection letter.

I knew I needed to do something different in order to make my publishing dreams come true.

So I learned EVERYTHING about how to write an awesome children's book that kids ask to read again and again. Then finally, in 2020, I published my first picture book!

Since then, I've become an award-winning author of 3 picture books with accolades such as Mom's Choice and Distinguished Favorite Picture Book for Preschoolers. And a children's book publisher of 20+ books with 5-star reviews!

Now I'm sharing those hard-learned secrets with you in Kidlit Writing 101.

In the introductory course, you'll learn the complete process to write a good children's book. Use this simple-to-follow format to alleviate any confusion and help you write your book faster. So you can share your own with kids all over the world!

Learn all about children's book writing from an award-winning instructor:

Royal Dragonfly winner | Brooke Van Sickle
Moonbeam Award Winner Brooke Van Sickle
Mom's Choice Award Brooke Van Sickle
Reader's Favorite Review | Brooke Van Sickle
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Hi, I'm Brooke Van Sickle!

And I want to help you write a children's book that kids LOVE to read!

I started writing children's books in 2014, but couldn't get my idea from my brain to paper. No matter how hard I tried, I kept receiving rejection letter after rejection letter.

I knew I needed to do something different in order to make my publishing dreams come true.

So I learned EVERYTHING about how to write an awesome children's book that kids ask to read again and again. Then finally, in 2020, I published my first picture book!

Since then, I've become an award-winning author of 3 picture books with accolades such as Mom's Choice and Distinguished Favorite Picture Book for Preschoolers. And a children's book publisher of 20+ books with 5-star reviews!

Now I'm sharing those hard-learned secrets with you in Kidlit Writing 101.

In the introductory course, you'll learn the complete process to write a good children's book. Use this simple-to-follow format to alleviate any confusion and help you write your book faster. So you can share your own with kids all over the world!

Learn all about children's book writing from an award-winning instructor:

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It's more than a writing course. It's a writing TRANSFORMATION! 🖤

"I would highly recommend this class to others. I loved the length, the information, and the homework to keep everyone accountable. I would recommend to anyone wanting to write children’s books."

-Ashley Koney

"The writing class was extremely helpful. I'd never written a children's picture book before, but Brooke's expert guidance helped me nail my plot and characters. And her lesson on editing helped me polish my language to truly bring out the right voice and tone for my story. I now have a picture book manuscript I'm truly proud of!"

- Sarah Graves

"It's ALL been good and editing was an eye-opener! I'm taking mega notes, writing down titles of books (to purchase and read), and applying what I have learned to my current story. Thank you! I would recommend your course to anyone who is interested in writing (and reading) for children."

-Ramon Rojas

"This course has been a lifesaver for me! You discuss items that don't get discussed in a "normal" how-to book on children's writing. So I'm recommending this course to the other writers in my other groups I belong to."

- Bruce Benson

You are a wealth of knowledge, and your communication and presentation were excellent! Thanks so much – Much to do now, but feeling super pumped about the process.

- Simon Lovell

"Oh my goodness I’m not sure where to start but you’ve led such an incredible framework for how the business of writing a children’s book works there’s so much tangible information that I didn’t have yet that YOU did. You took all the things you’ve learned over the years and you distilled it down to this few weeks. So valuable, so thank you."

- Courtney Denee

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"All of the lessons have helped me to really understand just what a picture book is, the elements that should be included, how to make those elements come together.  I think that is great so I think that it is well structured. I love it!"

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HERE'S WHAT'S ALL INCLUDED IN KIDLIT WRITING 101 . . .

Kidilit Writing 101 - Gather your story assets

Step #1 - Gathering Your Story Assets

Before you can begin writing, you first need to know where your story takes place, who's the star of your story, and what the story's goal/purpose is.

This lesson shows you how to complete all 3 of these items by showing you how to:

  • Establish rules for your setting (And actually stick to them.)
  • Choose your main character (Including stories who don't have a character -- like concept books and nonfiction.)
  • Set your story goal -- both internally and externally (Including real-book examples of what that looks like.)

Lesson includes: 6 video lessons, companion workbook, story set-up guide, + character profile card


Kidilit Writing 101 - Writing Your Children's Book

Step #2 - Writing Your Children's Book

The next step is to begin writing your first draft! This lesson shows you how to:

  • Choose your point of view and tense for your story
  • Outline your story plot (Including a concept book or nonfiction story.)
  • Improve your writing skills with formatting and advanced writing techniques (Including real-book examples of what that looks like.)

Lesson includes: 9 video lessons, companion workbook, 2 bonus video lessons on plotting and leaning into your theme, + plot outline worksheet


Kidilit Writing 101 - Editing Your Children's Book

Step #3 - Editing Your Children's Book

The next step is to edit the first draft you've newly created. This lesson shows you how to:

  • Avoid rejection by knowing what an editor's looking for
  • Edit your story by conducting both a developmental edit + a line edit
  • Make your words count -- not just fit into a specific word count

Lesson includes: 8 video lessons, companion workbook, 6 bonus feedback example lessons on what to look for in your story, + editing checklist


Kidilit Writing 101 - Finalizing Your Children's Book

Step #4 - Finalizing Your Children's Book

It's finally time for the moment you've been waiting for -- how to publish your story! This lesson shows you how to:

  • Finish your book + find a critique group
  • Critique yours and other people's stories + resources to improve your writing
  • Publish your children's book with the 3 publishing options (Includes traditional publishing, self-publishing, & hybrid publishing)
  • Pitch your story like a professional

Lesson includes: 3 video lessons, companion workbook, manuscript submission checklist, + publishing resources cheat sheet


Intro to the children's book market

BONUS: Intro to the Children's Book Market

New to children's book writing? This mini-course walks you through what it's like to write for today's market. Including the children's book categories you need to know and the different markets you can sell a book in.

Includes - Video lesson, companion workbook, guide to the children's book market, + children's book categories cheat sheet


Kidlit Formatting Mini-Course

BONUS: Kidlit Formatting 101 Mini-Course

Your complete guide into how to format your children's book story. Whether you're writing a picture book, chapter book, or novel -- this course will show you the steps to get it ready to send to publishers.

Includes - Video lesson, companion workbook, formatting checklist, + sample manuscript


Kidlit Digital Resource Binder

BONUS: Digital Kidlit Resource Binder

Over 30 worksheets for each step of the children's book writing process! Includes things like picture book plotting worksheet, the hero's journey plotting guide, character profile card creator, title creation worksheet, and so much more!


All of which is included when you sign-up for the course.

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But wait . . . if you upgrade to the premium level, you'll also get these bonuses:

Kidlit Idea Creator Bonus

ADD-ON BONUS: Kidlit Idea Creator

A mini-course to teach you how to choose a new children's book idea + make sure it's a good one by vetting it against the market. Also, shows you how to find your comp books which you need before you start to pitch!

Includes - Video lesson, companion workbook, Kidlit Idea Decoder, + Competition Finder worksheet


Children's Book Illustration Bonus

ADD-ON BONUS: Illustrating Your Children's Book

A mini-course to teach you the role of a children's book illustrator, how to think about the illustrations when you're not the artist, and how to find an illustrator when it's time.

Includes - 3 video lessons, companion workbook, guide to children's book illustrators, + the dos & don'ts to illustrator notes cheat sheet


Picture Book Perfection Bonus

ADD-ON BONUS: Picture Book Bootcamp

A mini-course to jump-start your picture book story! Learn how to write a picture book in 4-quick lessons to help you create a first draft in a weekend.

Includes - 4 video lessons, 4 companion workbooks, Picture Book Perfection, picture book dummy layout, picture book plot worksheet, and picture book character profile card.

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"It was just fantastic. Without these videos, I would be totally lost on how to write a picture book. I loved the course, and I go back and listen to the lessons all the time. All I can say is that I love it. I think it’s great."

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Choose the option that works best for you!

Kidlit Writing Academy Tier 1

Kidlit Writing 101 - Basic

Work through the lessons at your own pace. Level includes:

  • Lifetime Access to all Video Training Sessions with award-winning author Brooke Van Sickle
  • Four Digital Companion Workbooks to help you go deeper into each session
  • Introduction to the Children's Book Market mini-course - Includes lifetime access to video lessons + guide to the children's book market ($97 value)
  • Kidlit Formatting Mini-Course - Includes lifetime access to all 3 video lessons + formatting workbook ($67 value)
  • Character Creation Worksheet
  • Picture Book + Novel Plotting Guide
  • Kidlit Digital Resource Binder - Includes over 30 worksheets for every step of the writing process ($97 value)
  • Access to the Private Facebook Community

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(or 4 monthly payments of $85)

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Kidlit Writing 101 - Premium

Add extra bonuses to help you improve. Level includes:

  • Lifetime Access to all Video Training Sessions with award-winning author Brooke Van Sickle
  • Four Digital Companion Workbooks to help you go deeper into each session
  • Introduction to the Children's Book Market mini-course - Includes lifetime access to video lessons + guide to the children's book market ($97 value)
  • Kidlit Formatting mini-course - Includes lifetime access to all video lessons + formatting workbook ($67 value)
  • Kidlit Idea Creator mini-course - Includes lifetime access to all video lessons + Kidlit Idea Decoder ($115 value)
  • Illustrating Your Children's Book mini-course - Includes lifetime access to all video lessons + Guide to Children's Book Illustrators ($115 value)
  • Picture Book Boot Camp - Includes lifetime access to all video lessons + Picture Book Perfection ($165 value)
  • Character Creation Worksheet
  • Picture Book + Novel Plotting Guide
  • Kidlit Digital Resource Binder - Includes over 30 worksheets for every step of the writing process ($97 value)
  • Access to the Private Facebook Community

$1495

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(or 4 monthly payments of $100)

 "I would try to get some freebies that were like piecemeal all over the place and I was like, just stop. You know what you need. You need a whole kit and caboodle. So then, when I saw your course, I was like this is for me. I love that I can go at my own pace, and it’s very thorough. It's wonderful!

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JUST IMAGINE HOW IT WILL FEEL WHEN YOU CAN . . .

  • Shorten the time it takes instead of letting another year pass by.
  • Choose the best idea instead of having no clue which to start with first.
  • Write from a child's perspective instead of wondering if your voice is something a child will enjoy.
  • Edit your draft, like an editor, instead of wondering if your story's any good.
  • Hold your finished book in your hands instead of waiting another year to achieve your dream!

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"I just love how Brooke talks to us, to me. She is kind, patient, and has a nice voice. I like how she tries to help us understand what is a plot, how to build a story, and how to write a children's book to sell, not just for a hobby. She is great and because of this class I am more determined. Thank you!"

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Answers to all your questions...

WHAT'S INCLUDED WITH KIDLIT WRITING 101?

The introductory course is a self-paced class with all sessions available at once. It walks you step-by-step through the 4-step process to write a children's book through both video lessons, digital workbooks, and real-life story examples.

WHAT WILL I LEARN?

In Kidlit Writing 101, you'll learn how to:

  • Know if you have a good idea
  • Brainstorm and outline a compelling plot
  • Create characters that readers love
  • Write a children's book from beginning to end
  • Edit your story and add in elements that make it an enjoyable read
  • Prep your story for publishing

HOW'S THIS COURSE DIFFERENT THAN ALL THE REST?

Most writing instructors make you take multiple courses to learn everything you need to know about writing children's books. But not this course! Instead, Kidlit Writing 101 walks you step-by-step through each part of the children's book writing process, in the order you need to focus on from idea to completed manuscript.

Plus, Brooke's approach is easy-to-understand and implement right away. You'll feel confident knowing you can ask questions at anytime, too!

WHAT'S THE INVESTMENT?

Kidlit Writing 101 has everything you need to write an awesome children's book that's ready to publish. Your purchase includes lifetime access to all video lessons, lesson companion workbooks, and all the bonuses for just a one-time payment of $297. (Or break it up into 4 equal payments of only $85!)

HOW DO I KNOW WHETHER THE WRITING CLASS IS RIGHT FOR ME?

Kidlit Writing 101 is perfect for anyone who is new to writing. You have an idea for a children's book, but no idea how to get started -- this course will walk you step-by-step through the entire process.

Even if you've been writing your book for a while, you'll benefit from the course! Especially if you're feeling frazzled or overwhelmed by all your ideas yet still not able to finish your manuscript.

WHAT IF I DON'T HAVE MUCH TIME TO COMMIT?

That's okay! The class is self-paced, meaning it can adjust to your schedule. Plus, with your lifetime access to the entire course content, you're able to watch and rewatch the trainings again and again as you improve as a writer.

HOW DOES THE CLASS WORK?

You'll receive access to Kidlit Writing 101 through our course platform. From there, you'll create an account to login and view all the content at once.

The course will step you through each intro to download your worksheets for each lesson and view a short video about what to expect.

When you've finished viewing each lesson, you'll have a homework assignment at the back of your workbook with next-step instructions.

Plus, you will be able to log in and out of the platform as many times as you need! The course is built with lifetime access.

HOW SOON WILL I GET ACCESS?

Right away! You'll receive the login to the course via email once you've completed your registration. Should see it in your inbox within 15 minutes of purchase.

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"The most helpful for me has been editing. That was something of mine that was a real weak point when I first started. I think my picture book that I first started was about 2,000 words. Through the process, though, I got it down to less than five hundred words. It has been a learning experience, definitely, but it’s been a good one."

- Suzanne Morreale -

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EACH WEEK OUR STUDENTS HAD SO MUCH GOOD NEWS TO SHARE:

"I went into the class feeling that something was missing from my story. Now I feel that I am headed in the right direction and getting closer to writing a story that can be published. Thank you for all the wonderful information you have given the class. It has been the most helpful class I have taken in writing a children's book."

- Dana Fraley

Your class has definitely made an impact on me. The first time the step-by-step lessons have been so helpful. Your reading my manuscript is the first time I’ve put it out there. Big step all thanks to you.

- Cathy Sladek

It has been a tremendous class! Your deep knowledge about writing for children and your enthusiasm makes the class interesting and fun. I have learned so many things to make the second draft of my picture book better.

- Pia Conte

"This was such an informative class. I found value in looking at the potency of voice in my story and I definitely need to establish showing vs telling in my current story. It is also helpful to hear about the lateral thinking required in regard to the whole team involved in publishing. It invites me to be more flexible."

- Erin Murphy

I am loving it. I am working my way through this course and find that your style of teaching is so easy to follow and understand. I feel comfortable knowing that I can email you at any time if I have questions. I appreciate how genuinely sincere you are, and it comes through in your teachings. Thank you so muchI!

- Coreen Craft

Your sessions were terrific . . . not only from a knowledge/experience standpoint, but your style and demeanor are on the high end of personable and engaging. It was all very aspirational while being grounded and realistic. Thank you!

- Douglas Myers

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"I loved being in this course. My favorite and most helpful sessions were about the rule of three, the standard plot elements, and the manuscript formatting. Most of all I loved your encouragement that I could make this work and become successful!"

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