Children's Book

How to Write a Children’s Book

Books are a great source to gain knowledge. It’s good to have a habit of book reading, especially for children as it helps a lot to improve their vocabulary. Writing a children’s book is way different from traditional book writing. As a children’s book writer, you need to be aware of child phycology, children’s liking, and interest.

Types of Children’s Book

 A material written and produced for the information or entrainment of children’s is called a Children’s Book. There are different types of children’s book:

How to Write a Children’s Book

Many aspiring writers dream of publishing a children’s book. Writing children’s literature is not an easy feat. Here is a simple guide for you on how to write a children’s book:

1) Find an Idea

To write a book for kids you have to come up with a great idea. Whether you are writing comics and fiction, fantasy or a fiction book you have to come up with a strong story idea. To ensure that your idea is right do check for the following things:

  • Why do you want to tell this story?
  • What the story is about?
  • Is it relatable to children?
  • Will it be easily marketable?

2) Choose the age group

Book you start writing you need to determine your target audience. Children’s book ranges from baby boards all the way up to young adult novels. So you need to choose the group and write accordingly.

BooksAge GroupWord Count
Picture BooksUp to 6 300-500
Early Readers6-72000-5000
Chapters Books7-95000-10,000
Middle Grade9-1230,000-50,000
Young Adults12-1850,000-100,000

Understanding the right group age, their interest and the word limit will help you a lot in writing the book easily.

3) Words Length

Keep in mind the word length according to the age group and write correspondingly. Words limit plays a very important role in the readability score of your book. Kids always like short stories which are easy for them to read and understand.

4) Choose the format

Choosing the right format for the book is another important thing. To become a children’s book writer you need to research for this thing which format is most demanded and is liked by kids.

Paperback is the most popular format while the EBooks format is not very popular among kids. Although EBooks are handy and cost-effective yet parents prefer printed books for their children.

5) Keep a Catchy Title

Choose a catchy and suitable title for your book. Make sure that it is according to the story. Try to keep such titles that are simple and which depicts the meaning of the story.

6) Write in Simple Words

Use age-appropriate vocabulary. Write in simple words that are easy for kids to understand. Children lack interest in book reading if they have to consult the thesaurus again and again. Be careful with the rhyme. Children’s book agents will be able to spot a bad or derivative rhyme from a mile away.

7) Use images

Try to add more images to your book. Kids are more attracted to imagery representations rather than long text. It becomes easy to understand a thing when it is depicted visually. Adding different and colourful pictures in the book will be a great idea to attract kids.

8) Engaging Story

You need to make the story engaging. Try to keep some thrill and surprising events that will unveil at the end of the story. Children are always keen to read such kinds of stories where there is some thrill and excitement. It is a great way to grab their attraction towards your book.

9) Solid Characters

Your story should have interesting and unforgettable characters. The most common characters towards which the kids are most attracted are:

  • Around their age group
  • Colourful personalities
  • Bold characters that move the story along
  • Have relatable dreams and desires

10) Edit

Last but not the least, Proofread and Edit. After you have finished writing the book it’s time to edit it. Editing plays a very important role in making your book more presentable and readable.

Proofread your book to look for vocabulary or grammatical errors, There are many tools available through which you can check your text for grammatical and other writing errors

Along with all these steps ensure that your story has a strong message that inspires the children to achieve something in life. Follow the appropriate beginning, centre, and ending format. With all these things in mind, you are good to go to publish your children’s book.

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Written by javeria daud

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