Whether a newbie at children's book writing and learning basic terminology or someone more experienced, it always pays to have a handy reference for the many terms in the field we encounter. Have you ever found yourself wondering ... what is back matter? What's the big deal about Bologna? (and no, it doesn't have a first name.) And exactly how is a graphic novel defined?
Wonder no more! Simply refer to Harold Underdown's all-encompassing glossary of publishing terms and jargon from his book "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Publishing Children's Books." In addition, Underdown's web site, The Purple Crayon, will provide a wealth of information on writing and publishing in this field. There are sections which not only define the different genres, but have entire articles on them, as well as ongoing updates of which editors and agents are moving where, plus a just-revised section on the state of children's publishing in the current economy.
Lots to read and learn ...