Introduction to the genre of Children’s Books.

For my final genre experiment, I have decided to explore the genre of Children’s Books. As I reflect back on my childhood, bedtime books were my favorite part of the day. Every night my parents would read me my three favorite books and I would fall right asleep. These books consisted of “Franny B. Kranny, There’s a Bird in Your Hair,” “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt,” and “Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse.” Not only were these stories a huge part of my childhood experience, but my brother and sister both loved the same three books—we still talk about them at family dinners and parties! The reason I have decided to explore the genre of children’s books is because I feel as if my knowledge of the children’s book culture is unfinished! I started my research in high school when I started to create my own book about being Gluten-Free, but it never took off due to the college application process and my involvement in clubs and organizations throughout my high school years! I never really took the time to learn about the background of the this genre and the different aspects of what goes into creating a children’s book. Through this project, I would love to share some of the work I created as a high school student, and expand on it now as a junior in college…four years later. 

            Children’s Books have many different genres within them. As I learned through this source, all of these different genres can compliment a children’s book in their own unique way. Starting with classic picture books, picture story books, and traditional literature—including folktales, fairy tales, fables, legends, myths. Next is historical fiction, modern fantasy, realistic fiction, non-fiction, informational books, biography, poetry and drama! Something that encouraged me to choose the children book genre is that before this experiment, my previous experiment was about the fairytale genre. I realized at the end of this experiment that the idea of a children’s story excited me, but because my origin piece is about a very serious, life-changing moment in my life—I wanted to be more real when discussing my experience, without incorporating a fairy or a villain in my story. Although a children’s story still has a young voice—real information can be portrayed, as I will not be talking in the fairytale language. The genre within the overall genre of children’s books that I hope to explore is Picture Books, which are Children’s books that provide a “visual experience.” I hope to include digital images and illustrations in making my children’s book an online book, as technology is so important today.

          Lastly, as I approach diving into this genre—I wanted to know some facts on what makes a good children’s book. The Write Practice, which is written by a bestselling children’s book author explains what exactly distinguishes a mediocre children’s book and a great children’s book. The following three things really intrigued me and inspired me to start my writing this book. These include— strong characters who evoke strong emotion, a story that teaches, and mind-expanding illustrations, vocabulary or concepts! I am excited to begin my children’s book journey that I never got to finish, and for all of you to experience my gluten-free journey with me! 🙂

Introduction to the Genre of Fairytales.

For my second experiment, I plan to create a fairytale story. I loved learning about the blogging genre in my first experiment, but I now am interested in using a genre I enjoyed throughout my childhood, instead of a genre I use daily in this digital age. 

Ever since I was a little girl, I enjoyed a good fairytale bedtime story. Some of my favorite fairytale stories included Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, The Little Mermaid, and The Twelve Dancing Princesses. What I enjoy about fairytales is that they are all are consistent—they usually begin with “once upon a time,” or “very long ago.” Additionally, the story usually takes place in an imaginary land with magic elements. 

What is a fairytale? The dictionary definition of a fairytale is “a children’s story about magical and imaginary beings and lands.” The fairytale genre is one that has always excited me, and I look forward to exploring this culture!  I researched a few different sources about how to construct a fairytale and the conventions of a fairytale. I cited them below! 

Fairytales are made up of many fun, intriguing aspects: the moral lesson, an animal, a mysterious character, an obstacle, and a happily ever after ending. To make a good fairytale, each of these components need to be included. For example, in the very well-known fairytale Cinderella she faced the obstacle of having two evil step sisters and an evil step mother, all of whom made her do chores and suffer. The aspect of magic was the Fairy Godmother, and the moral lesson was “kindness towards all, forgiving others for doing wrong, and never letting bad things ruin your heart.” Easily one of my favorite childhood stories! 

I plan to take my personal statement essay of my experience and challenge being diagnosed with Celiac disease as my origin piece and turn it into a magical fairytale about being a young gluten-free girl on this path. I hope to include all aspects of a fairytale: a gluten villain, a magic gluten-free fairy creating all food to be gluten-free, and I am brainstorming some more ideas as I learn more about this genre! I hope to add some illustrations to my experiment as well. 

This is one of the sources I explored, where I learned some skills on how to get started creating my own version of a fairytale!

Introduction to Blogging- Draft

I have always enjoyed blogs. Whether they be fashion blogs, food blogs, lifestyle blogs, television blogs, or book blogs—they all intrigue me. I am interested in the blogging genre, as blogs are a work of art. Blogs can be anything the author envisions them to be. From blogs that include New York Fashion Week highlights, to Game of Thrones blogs, to blogs on the Hunger Games series—the blogging culture is one I am fascinated by. I read an online journalism blog, and two quotes stood out to me. “Blogging, above all else, is conversational. It is social. It is networked. There are two key features to the blog: links, and comments. Fail to include either, and you’re talking to yourself.” A huge part of the blogging genre is communications. As a Communications major, I have studied all different aspects of communications and how technology influences the way we interact. I would define myself as a communicator—I am someone who always wants to hear the most recent news, see the latest post, and analyze it! “Blogging is also incomplete, open, and ongoing. It is about process, not product. It is about a shared space.” This is another quote that caught my eye. It portrays the aspect that blogging is what you make of it. One writer could be short and sweet with their words, while other writers can write essays upon essays about whatever topic they are interested in. As I read on another blog, I found a quote that speaks to the debate of separating what is a blog post and what is not a blog post. The author of this blog, Kevin, says “why do I make the distinction? If one piece feels like an essay and the next piece feels like a blog post, but both were intended for publication on a blog, why not just publish them as intended?” Blogging lets my mind travel to places of creation, positivity, and excitement. I look forward to transitioning my personal statement essay into a blog filled with the adventures of being a gluten-free girl in the times of unfamiliarity to popularity of this now—healthy, cool diet everyone wants to try!

Attached below are some pictures of blogs I have explored, and the source of where I found my quotes is there too!


Hello! My name is Isabelle Mark. To most people I’m around, I’m known as Izzy. I was born in New York City and now live on Long Island, New York. I am the first born of three in a family that we refer to as the ‘Mark Five.’ My parents are named Stephanie and Ira Mark. My brother Benny just turned seventeen and my sister Lilly is eleven. Growing up, I was always a curious little girl who loved a good story. Learning about people and discovering new places excites me.  I love to travel with family and friends, document my experiences with photography, and follow every fashion trend.  Writing has always been a passion of mine. From blogging in high school about being the first Gluten Free girl in a time where Celiac was very uncommon, to now reading and composing fashion pieces for the Michigan Fashion Media Summit on campus, I still carry this love for writing with me wherever I go! As a Writing Minor, I hope to learn even more about myself as a person and as a writer. I have already learned so much through our creative class exercises, which have brought up previous moments in my life that have significant meaning to me. I am eager to embark on this new writing journey and see where my writing can go! 

Below I attached a picture of my family, a screenshot of the MFMS Instagram account, and some of my photography I just took in Italy. I hope you enjoy! 🙂