Some aspiring writers may be under the assumption that it is easy to write children’s books. However, writing something imaginative yet simple for children to understand is not that simple. Moreover, these books should ideally teach these young minds a lesson that will be with them for a long time. We have tried to give a set of most useful tips to keep into consideration for those attempting this challenge. We hope it will prove fruitful for you all.
You cannot attempt this task without never having read or gone through a children’s book before. Go to the library or bookstore and devour all the illustrations, stories and vocabulary used in children’s books. This will give you an idea and somewhere to start with.
- Know your audience
A book for a primary school student will vary greatly as compared to a book for a student at secondary school. Firstly, the child will be able to read longer sentences in a higher class and their vocabulary will also be better developed. So first, know which audience and age group you want to write for so that you can write according to their capabilities. Also, knowing your audience will help you get in touch with your inner child also and hence, help you write a more engaging book.
- The message
You should be clear on what message you want to give your audience before starting the book. Maybe you are just telling a story or your aim is to teach the children a lesson. For this, consider what you as a parent would like your children to learn or know. Also, have a look at some books to see the message delivered in them.
- Be original
You of course want to make your book different from the hundreds of books available in the market. It is very easy to get wrapped up in the clichés like princess, fairy, talking dog and flying horses. However, you should try to deliver something unique than the things which are done over and over again. Also, try to think of what stories and characters you would have liked to read about when you were young.
- No talking down
Make sure to write sophisticated and creative books which take children into a totally new world. Do not write a book which is so simple that it becomes boring, but also is not too complex. Use rich language which can still be understood by the age group you are targeting.
- Graphics and pictures
Children’s books are incomplete without images and pictures. Whether you choose real photographs or hire an illustrator draw the images, they need to be high-quality images. Also, the pictures should be detailed enough to explain the text to the children just by seeing the visuals.
After reading these points, we are sure you can attempt your task of writing children’s books better. It would be wise to show your first draft to family and friends and gain their input as well.