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Fun and Games! Free Downloadable Activities!

May 31, 2021– To wrap up our Children’s Book Writing segment, we wanted to share these awesome activity sheets for kids created by our intern Hannah Kim! Thank you, Hannah. All you have to do is click on the activity to download it. Check them out here:  Panda_WordSearch,   Darlene_Maze_Colour, Snakes_SpotDiff, Bookmark

We hope you enjoy the activities and if you want to share your completed work, send us an email at

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Fond of Font

May 31, 2021– I hope you’ve enjoyed our theme for May, Children’s Book Writing and that you learned a lot of valuable information. Today we wrap up and talk about one last thing that you need to know FONTS MATTER!

Did you know that there are 32,000 fonts available at this current moment? But what should you know about choosing the right font for your self-published book when there are so many options? (Please remember that whatever font you choose must be considered public domain as some are copyrighted). Do your research.

  1. Audience-Who are you writing for? The font should match who the reader is when combined with all of the guidelines below. Is your audience toddlers, mid-grade readers, early readers, or young adults? They all deserve their own fonts that compliment who the audience is. There’s no quicker way to put a reader off a book than by choosing the wrong font.
  2. Readability-Choosing fonts that are easy to read seems like an obvious choice, but you won’t believe how many submissions I’ve had that have been in tight cursive that is barely readable. When writing for kids, please remember that they are learning to read; we don’t want to create any barriers to that, so we must be aware of what looks complicated, unclear, and hard to decipher.
  3. Topic– When you see a spooky font such as Tango Macabre or Ghoulish Fright, you automatically associate the story with Halloween, ghouls and ghosts, and creepiness. The font should match the topic. You wouldn’t use Lunacy More for a bedtime book. The topic matters, and the font can make or break your book if it doesn’t help convey the message of your story!
  4. Visual Appeal– Think outside the box on this one! A great way to add interest and visual appeal is to change the colour, size, and font choice throughout your book. Be careful not to go overboard and take away the attention from the story. A perfect example of this is DJ the Terrible, written by Sam Nemeth available here: DJ (Djeaneautha) The Terrible! – Pandamonium Publishing House. We decided to change the font in certain paragraphs and bold some words for effect; it’s an easy way to keep the reader engaged in the middle-grade space without overwhelming them.

Well, that’s all from me on Writing Children’s Books, but you can check out our masterclass here: Children’s Book Writing Master Class – Pandamonium Publishing House.

Be sure to stay tuned tomorrow, June 1st, as we dive into a new topic! We’ll be chatting about Author Mindset and what separates actual authors from wannabe authors. Some exciting stuff is coming up; I hope you’ll join us.

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Too Cool!

May 28, 2021– As we wrap up our theme this month of Children’s Book Writing, we have a few more things to explore before moving on to our theme for June. This video is pretty cool! Check out this TedTalk by Artist Raghava KK as he demos his new children’s book for iPad with a fun feature: when you shake it, the story — and your perspective — changes. In this charming short talk, he invites all of us to shake up our perspective a little bit. Stay tuned next week as we announce what we’ll be talking about next month!


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Don’t Copy Us

May 27, 2021– This question comes up more often than you think! Authors want to know if they can re-write very old books using different words and settings and then publish it or submit it for publication. The answer is NO! 

NO. NO. NO. NO. NO. Do not do this. Copyright law explicitly states that the copyright on a work stays with the author/her successors until 70 years AFTER her death. Yeah, but what if the author has been dead for 100 years? I would urge you to be original and have some decency to not pass someone else’s work off as your own no matter how much you think you’ve changed it. How would you feel if someone ripped off your work that you spent your life crafting? Pretty crappy no doubt.

There’s a difference between retelling and stealing, a big one. Feel free to use books that you enjoy as inspiration to find a different take on a situation, plotline, or characters. A great example is our very own Tamara Botting’s retelling of the fairytale the frog price told as Unfrogged available here: Unfrogged – Pandamonium Publishing HouseIt’s a fresh take on the story with interesting characters, a dazzling setting,  and unique challenges.

Plagiarism and copyright infringement have no place anywhere to be honest, but especially in the creative arts. Artists spend their lives bringing art, stories, music, movies, and productions to the world, why would anyone want to destroy that or take credit for something they didn’t do?

Here’s an interesting article on five very famous copyright infringements and their outcomes: 5 famous copyright infringement cases (what you can learn) (

If you have even one iota of a feeling that what you’re doing could be considered stealing from an artist, stop and start over. Make your own art and give credit where credit is most certainly due.

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Bored Board Books

March 24, 2021-Happy Victoria Day, Friends! I hope that you’re finding a fun way to celebrate the holiday. We’re talking about writing for kids, and today we’ll focus on board books!

What are board books exactly? A subgenre of the picture book, these are a great way to get books into your kids’ hands at the earliest age possible. Board books are also known as ‘chewables’ because babies tend to stick them in their mouths (along with everything else); the books are made of thick cardboard that is specially bound and ranges from 16-24 double-sided pages.

Ages 0-2-year-olds enjoy this type of book the most due to the simplified content partnered with a few easy words. A minimum of 10 words with a maximum count of 20 words, with such a low word count, these books heavily rely on images and simple illustrations.

Board books are very simple concept books created by publishers with no outside help or by hiring authors to write to specifications. Usually, the names of the illustrator and authors are left off the book or the publisher uses in-house talent as mentioned above.  They cost more than picture books to produce but have to be sold at a lower price. This means that only when the publisher is producing a large print run that they know they’ll sell will they take on a board book. Honestly, don’t bother submitting to publishers for this genre because chances are 99% that we won’t publish it.

Stick to children’s picture books and above, that way; you’ll have a real shot of getting published. Check out our Children’s Book Writing Master Class here: Children’s Book Writing Master Class – Pandamonium Publishing House

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28% of Canadian Children are…

May 21, 2021– We’re talking about writing for kids all this month and in keeping with that theme, I wanted to let you in on something very special.

28% of Canadian Children (2.856 MILLION) are reluctant readers, don’t let your child be one of them! Children who are reluctant to read suffer from low-self esteem, short attention spans, illiteracy later in life, and behavioural problems that can impact their futures.

Did you know that ¼ of Canadian households don’t own a single book? Not one. Hard to imagine, I know, but it’s true, according to a study done by First Books Canada. As illiteracy rates in our country skyrocket, with as many as 12 million Canadians not being literate enough to complete everyday tasks, illiteracy presents a massive problem for our future and our children’s futures.

Illiteracy among school-aged children is caused by several factors such as:

  1. Poverty levels in local communities
  2. Lack of education among parents (1.44 million adults, working Canadians have never finished high school)
  3. Limited access to reading materials that engage, entertain, and educate children at an early age

What can we do about it? At Pandamonium Publishing House, I have spent the last six years tirelessly learning, studying and bringing engaging, fun, interactive books to children based on my education worldwide. I have studied under some of the brightest minds, including Jarrett Krosoczka (New York Times best-selling author and illustrator of the Lunch Lady Series) in New York, Michael Morpurgo (former Children’s Laureate and best-selling author of over 140 books, including The Butterfly Lion) in London, England, and Jack Canfield (founder of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series and best selling author of children’s book I Can Believe in Myself) in Toronto. I have studied writing for children for 2,400 hours over the last six years in continuing education to bring you the most fun, chaotic, and engaging stories that children will ask to read again and again.

Literacy is my passion, and my mission is to get children excited about reading! You won’t find boring books in our collection that preach to kids or are written for parents; instead, you’ll find larger-than-life characters and stories that kids care about and themes like friendship, teamwork, perseverance, and the power of imagination! We know that the time you take to read with your child at the end of the day is sacred; thank you for inviting us into your home.

For one day only, Sunday, May 23, until Midnight EST, we’ve got an exclusive offer for the first 51 people that respond; we’re slashing our prices on our children’s books because our printer made a mistake and printed too many copies of multiple titles. We can’t send them back, so we’re offering them to you at a special discount. Each book is usually $14.99 plus tax, but for one day only, we’re offering you three books for $30 taxes and shipping included. That’s a savings of $18! Think of the fun your child will have when they receive their surprise books in the mail and the beautiful memories you’ll be making as you read with them while igniting their love of literacy.

Call 905-979-4949 or email to place your order now! Remember, quantities are limited and only available to the first 51 people.

Thank you for helping us fight illiteracy in Canada and helping to get kids excited about reading again!




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Children’s Books Squared

May 20, 2021-As we continue our theme for children’s book writing this month, we need to talk about an important element of kid’s books; we’re not talking about margins, bleeds, or gutters, although those things are essential and will make or break your picture book, we’re talking about orientation!

Did you know there are hard and fast rules for the type of book that you’re writing when it comes to orientation? You should know what the standards are, especially if you’re self-published. You MUST choose your orientation immediately because this will affect everything going forward. The last thing you want to do is piss off your illustrator and make a change at the end when everything has been formatted and oriented for a specific way. Choose the orientation early based on these guidelines:

  1. Vertical– Character-based books are best showcased this way. A vertical orientation with a big illustration of the main character is an excellent way to draw readers to your book! It also looks great on the shelf in the bookstores. Think Panda the Very Bad Cat available here: Panda the Very Bad Cat Collection! – Pandamonium Publishing House
  2. Horizontal-Books that illustrate a journey are best orientated this way. Stories about a journey through time or an adventure of adoption from the eyes of a puppy! Think Oswald’s surprise by Jake Evanoff available here: Oswald’s Surprise by Jake Evanoff – Pandamonium Publishing House
  3. Square– Instructional books are what’s best for square orientations. Subjects can include potty training, bedtime routines, and how-to. Think Berenstain Bears or Clifford the Big Red Dog books.

There’s a lot to know about writing books in general, but even more to know about writing books for kids!  If you’d like a price quote on how we can help your self-published book get off the ground, we’re happy to help! Send us an email to for a personalized, free quote.