Writing for children can be as much difficult as writing for adults. In fact, even if you’re already an author and have one or two books published, it doesn’t guarantee you success when writing for our little ones. Why? Simply because when it comes to writing for children, we have to adopt a new mindset and put ourselves in the shoes of those we want to write for. Besides, there are also different categories of children books therefore it’s important to identify which audience you want to write for before starting composing your story.
Here are 8 tips that might help you to write a good book for children:
- Identify your reader.Â The first step is to identify your audience. To do so, you have to choose one category which will lead influence your style of writing and the very content.
Here are 5 types of books suited for little readers:
1. BOARD BOOKS (age 0 to 3)
2. PICTURE BOOKS (age 4 to 8)
3. PICTURE STORY BOOKS (age 6 to 10).
4. CHAPTER BOOKS (age 7 to 10)
5. MIDDLE GRADE & YOUNG ADULT BOOKS (age 8 to 12)
- Get to know your target audience. It is vital to clearly understand your potential reader. So, in order to write an engaging story for kids you first have to read this kind of stories. So, go grab a few books if you haven’t and spend some quality time reading and learning from all the sentences, the author’s voice, style, and every other little detail. Also, a good way to start knowing your target audience would be spending time with it. This way you can find out what interest these kids the most, what they’re eager to know, basically what they live and breath. It is also important to note thatÂ your book will have to please not only children but both parents and teachers, so you have to meet expectations of all of them.
- Invest time in illustrations.Â There are a few options when it comes to pictures of the story and it depends on the type of the book. Below is an example of how the illustrations can be chosen:
- Start with a hook. Consider starting the book with anÂ intriguing action that will instantly catch the reader’s attention. Also, try keeping with the consistent action throughout the story so it won’t let go of reader’s attention until the very end.
- Provide a happy ending. This is what every kid is looking for when starting reading a book. They fall in love with the character and hope the best for him or her until the very last page. So, note that you should meet this expectation in order to leave your reader satisfied after the story ends.
- Develop strong characters. Such characters are usually unstoppable when it comes to going after their dreams and overcoming the obstacles. It’s important because children (like almost any other reader) are tended to see themselves in those personalities we create. Kids want to be like their superheroes and follow them. So, your little reader should be able to relate themselves with the story’s main character this way making the whole story more memorable.
- Write realistic dialogues. Even though kids are smart, they don’t talk like the adults in everyday life, especially the smallest ones. Thus, you should pay attention to how children communicate with each other and with the adults, what language, tone they use. Again, readers have to be able to relate with the characters and dialogues are an important factor.
- Choose a winning title and a cover. No matter how many times you’ve said someone not to judge a book by its cover, kids will definitely do that. Therefore, you should consider both the title and the cover very carefully.
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