How to Write Books for Children. Is It Important for Children to Read?
what is the first step?
Firstly, it would come in handy if you have a qualification in any English study that may be able to help you write a children's book.
you also need to consider/understand what age group you would like to write for. Say you wanted to write for children between the ages of 2-3 the book has to be very simple. the book should contain one or two sentences and a big colourful picture. Another example, if you are writing for viewers between the ages of 9-10 the story can be more complex. this book can contain a big paragraph, but at the same time the words cant be too tricky for them to read or understand.
Another point you may want to consider is a child's book needs to be happy and positive. you cant have a character die. sometimes its a lot easier to have a child's book to rhyme, this will make the story more eye catching and interesting for the child.
children ages between 4-5
how many pages does a children's story have?
do young children learn a lot from books?
what does a child learn from reading a book?
when children of any age read a book they are developing their skills even further. reading books from a younger age can help the children understand certain words early on and they can even learn how to spell certain words if they are see frequently by reading a book.
Also a child can learn how to communicate with other people by reading a book. This is because they are learning new words.
should parents be involved?
should parents of children influence them read more?
children need encouragement, and they need to feel like they have achieved.
what you should when writing a childs book.
Choosing a theme is a crucial aspect of writing children's books. There needs to be an appeal for your target age group. What is important to them? What kinds of situations are they concerned about in their everyday lives? For example, you don't want to write about a man who works every day at a fast-food restaurant when your target audience is pre-school children. Even if you have cute drawings and a fun story, that character's problems most likely won't resonate with very young children. The child needs to be able to identify with the characters visually as well as narratively.
There needs to be a clear beginning to your story, a clear middle or peaking point, and a clear ending with closure. Children's books don't need to have cliff hangers if there is a series of books. Children like resolutions to the story.
The middle of the story needs to have some clear peak moment. What problem did the main character encounter? Did they meet someone special that day? Did the character maybe learn something new? Children can learn alongside the characters, especially when there are pictures and drawings to encourage a visual connection.
Just because your story has a message for children doesn't mean that it needs to be made loud and clear. The children are reading the story first and foremost to have fun. You aren't writing for the parents, either. To help you know if the moral of your story sounds too loud and clear, compare it to a fable. If you can see clear similarities to Aesop's fables, then the message is probably too loud. While you might want to teach life lessons to the children through your story, it needs to first be a fun story.
what you shouldnt do when you write a childs book.
Write books that preach or lecture.
Talk down to children as if they’re small, idiotic adults.
Write books that have no real story (nor a plot with beginning, middle, end).
Use art that is totally inappropriate for the story or vice versa.
Pack picture books with lots of text.
Pack nonfiction books with too much text and too few visuals.
Create characters who are boring or unnecessary to the development of the story.
Create main characters who have a problem they don’t solve themselves or who don’t change throughout the course of the story.
Tell instead of showing by using narrative as a soapbox.
Anthropomorphize animals or use alliterative names (Squishy Squirrel, Morty Mole — Wretched Writer).
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