Children's Book Manuscript Advisors
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David Greenberg
David Greenberg
Poetry Picture Books, Novels

Books in Print

  • Slugs, Little, Brown
  • Bugs!, Little, Brown
  • Skunks!, Little, Brown
  • Snakes!, Little, Brown
  • Whatever Happened to Humpty Dumpty, Little, Brown
  • The Book of Boys for Girls — The Book of Girls for Boys, Little, Brown
  • Don't Forget Your Etiquette, Farrar Strauss
  • How Many Bubbles in a Bar of Soap?
    Dutton Publishers has just accepted Greenberg's first novel which deals with Martin Luther King's Selma to Montgomery Voting Rights March of 1965.

A Word from David Greenberg

Don't Forget Your Etiquette

"Picture books, so apparently simple, are fiendishly difficult to write well. They require all the elements of a novel, but must be written with intense economy of language. Only those most skilled can convey the illusion of effortlessness. And only effortless writing is compelling to a young reader or listener.

"Poetry, the inner music of prose, likewise must seem easy, almost inevitable if it's going to compel a young reader. And, likewise, crafting this illusion of simplicity requires great skill.

"Much of the ability for writing picture books and for writing poetry is innate. As musicians have an ear for music, writers have an ear for words. But much can be learned about how to craft words to fit seamlessly and lyrically, so they tell a story that grabs a reader in the beginning, takes them on a ride, and satisfies in the end. There is much to be learned about writing successfully in meter and rhyme.

Whatever Happened to Humpty Dumpty

"I have blossomed slowly as a writer. My early writing was uneven, for the most part poor. Writing prolifically, I have, poem by poem, manuscript by manuscript, slowly improved. I have learned, often through trial and error, how to connect the cartilage, bones, and tissue of language into tightly knit compelling poetry picture books likely to be published. Publishers have a strong appetite for writing of this quality. I wish to share my knowledge and experience with other writers so they may reach their highest potential."


  • Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 02138 (1979)
    Graduate of Publishing Procedures program.
  • Reed College, Portland, OR 97202 (1972-1976)
    B.A., Philosophy of Religion.


  • Author of numerous poetry picture books published by Little, Brown & Co., Bantam, Farrar Strauss, and Dutton.
  • Director of and Instructor at Oregon Coast Children's Book Writers Workhop, a week-long seminar held on the Oregon coast designed to give writers the skills to get published. (
  • Residencies in over two thousand schools and districts nationwide, presenting Author assemblies and writing workshops to students of all ages.
  • Have delivered keynote presentations nationwide to various educators groups (including the IRA and NCTE) as well as at Young Authors' conferences.
  • Have been hired by over two thousand schools and districts nationwide for inservice presentations in the area of writing instruction ranging from short lectures to multi-day symposiums.
  • Bugs
  • Have presented full day symposiums for teachers on writing instruction in all major cities in U.S. and Canada.

University Teaching

  • 1979, 1980, 1983: Instructor, Portland State University.
  • 1980, 1981: Instructor, Lewis & Clark College.
  • 1988, 1989, 1990: Instructor, University of Idaho.
  • Lecturer for University of Puget Sound, Evergreen State College, Lewis & Clark College, Portland State University, Oregon State University, The University of Oregon, and Oregon College of Education, among others.

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