Writing is a challenging and intimidating work, especially when you know that what you’ve written will be published in a book. You might be able to sit down and write responses on a wide variety of subjects; yet, the moment you realize you are writing a book, you begin to be harsh on yourself. You start having second thoughts about yourself and it seems as though every sentence you write has room for improvement. Despite the fact that the process might be demanding at times, it can also be highly gratifying.
When it comes to books for children, the first thing you need to do is to make a decision regarding the genre of the children’s book that you intend to write. When compared to a novel for middle grade readers, a picture book is on a whole different level. There are also early readers, chapter books, and board books, in addition to possibly some other categories of children’s books that I’m forgetting about at the moment. After that, you should read a ton of these works, paying particular attention to the most current editions. Research the industry to have an understanding of what is anticipated in terms of language, word count, story, topics, and so on.
It is always fun and a good time to read them. Due to their interesting and engaging pictures, even adults can find themselves being sucked into the story. To write them well enough for youngsters, you will need to have certain qualities, all of which you should keep in mind while you work.
My point of view is just one of many, though, because I have never before attempted to compose a children’s book. I think you should begin with selecting the title of your book because it is the most important marketing instrument. The title of your book is the single most essential factor for determining whether or not a reader will pick it up. So, deciding on a title is likely to be the single most significant step you take. Then, the next step to keep in mind when writing in this genre is to make sure that the book appeals to a child’s sense of being open to wonder and, or better rephrased, fantasy… in other words, the book should spark a child’s imagination.
I’ll use Peter Pan and Harry Potter as examples of well-crafted writing that broadens rather than narrows your perspective and offer them as models and touchstones for other writers to aspire to.
While still young, children’s minds are only somewhat malleable in terms of their ability to imagine the world around them. My advice is to look for opportunities to inspire children to look beyond their immediate circumstances—perhaps to some characters living in parallel worlds or from very different situations—thus inspiring them to reach for new and better storylines and growth opportunities for themselves. Rather than portraying life and its various episodes or experiences as predetermined lessons or strictly some sort of moral evolution, my advice is to look for opportunities to inspire children to go beyond the confines of their current situation.
The plot of the book ought to be interesting as well as approachable. The youngster should feel an emotional connection to the story’s characters and the events that are taking place. A youngster is more likely to remember and take something away from a story if they can follow along with it and comprehend what is going on. The reader shouldn’t have to struggle too much with the book’s selection of words. The use of rhyming as a method of narrative is popular among children and is utilized by a number of authors.
In a word, my point of view is that the novel should not have characters that are characterized solely by their genders, work titles, career accomplishments, or physical features. As the book’s author, you have complete control over how the plot of the book develops. But, it appears to me that the purposes and intentions of the author are directly related to the degree to which it serves young readers well (or fails to serve them effectively).
I’m going to defer to someone else’s consideration of the contentious issue of social stereotypes (such as lifestyles, including conventional versus contemporary marriage possibilities). My point is that it is preferable to free and extend a child’s worldview rather than to restrict or limit it in any way, so that they can, to the best of their abilities, make healthy choices and lead lives that are productive, fruitful, and happy. Although it’s an ambitious objective, providing children with access to quality books is just as important.
The process of writing a book that is directed specifically toward children is carried out in the same way that one would carry out any other writing project: one sentence and one chapter (or other portion) at a time, typically in accordance with one’s overall outline and plan for the work. This is true for every single part of the process of writing.
You also need to determine what you mean when you say you’re going to make a book for youngsters. Are you a published writer? An illustrator? Both? Do you intend to seek publication from a traditional publisher, or do you intend to publish your work on your own?
If you are considering self-publishing, you should be aware that it is never simple for an independently published author to build a readership, but I believe it is especially challenging for authors of children’s books. The vast majority of children’s books are sold in the form of low-cost physical books, and it might be challenging to provide this through self-publishing. It is also quite difficult to enter educational institutions such as schools and libraries.
You need to be familiar with the process in order to be successful if you choose to go the route of traditional publication. Instead of submitting your work to publishers directly, you should usually look for an agent who will do it for you and submit it on your behalf. Also, if you are an author but not an illustration, you should avoid employing an artist. The artist will need to be chosen by the publisher, who will then wish to hire them.
In spite of the common perception that children are nothing more than audiences whose minds are malleable or easily influenced, I have one more and final suggestion to offer, and that is the idea of soliciting feedback from young readers in order to inform the scope and tone that will shape the work.
Do not, under any circumstances, fall into the trap of erroneously believing that it is simple to write a successful book for children. This may be the single most crucial piece of advice. Indeed, they are not that long. They are able to be straightforward, yes. Nonetheless, a lot of work goes into them. You need to have a fantastic idea, and you also need to be able to carry it out successfully. You need to utilize language that is not just understandable, but also lovely, and enjoyable. You need to come up with something that not just kids will want to read over and over again, but that will also pique the interest of their parents and instructors.
In general, the shorter your children’s book is, the higher the chances are that publishers and agents will enjoy it, as well as the better the chances you’ll have of pleasing youngsters and their parents.
Have a good day! 😊