How to Write a Children's Book: Beginner's Guide

If you are thinking of writing a children’s book, it is important that you know what you are doing. While writing a children’s book may seem easy, it is in fact quite tricky. 

Remember that you will be writing for children. Young kids have short attention spans, which means you will have to create content that is not only attention-grabbing, the content must also be immersive enough to keep your young audience’s attention.

Writing a children’s book is undoubtedly fun and worthwhile. You will get to entertain young children and help shape their imaginations. However, this does not make it any less difficult.

As a rule, you should have a set strategy on how to write a children’s book. Aside from that, you will also need a lot of patience, because writing any kind of book may be a long process.

Here are easy tips for writing a children’s book:

  • Take age into consideration
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The children’s book genre stretches to various age groups. So before you start writing your children’s book, you should make sure that you know your target market.

You should decide. Are you going to write for toddlers? Preschoolers? Preteens? By stating your target market, you will be able to pattern your writing and book marketing strategy according to their needs and preferences.

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  • Illustrations are key

It is important that your illustrations are of the highest quality possible. Your illustrations are a means to capture your potential reader’s attention. So make an effort to use good quality illustrations in your book.

If you have the artistic ability you can always try making your own illustrations. This can be advantageous because it can add a handmade quality to your work. But it is even more advisable to hire a professional illustrator because they do this for a living and their skills are usually good.

Just make sure that you do a thorough background check on your perspective illustrators. Remember that you are going to spend money on these illustrators, so you should choose the best one possible.

  • Remember you are writing for children

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Be very careful that your writing is free from violence, profanity, or any mature themes. This is because kids are very impressionable.

And they usually emulate what they see or learn from books. So it would really be damaging for the children who read your books if it is full of profanity or disturbing themes. And seeing as it is usually the parents who choose what books their kids read, it can also prove damaging to your reputation as a writer.

So when you write your children’s book, you should make sure that the themes you are writing about are appropriate for children.

  • Write for the parents as well

If you want your book to sell well, it is important that you write for the parents as well. Try to incorporate educational concepts and life lessons into your children’s book.

By doing so, you will show the parents that your children’s book is a good influence and should be a worthy read for their kids.

  • Know the kinds of children’s books

Yet another aspect of publishing a children’s book is the kinds of children’s books. Remember that there are varying children’s books, and they depend on age and topics. Before you even start writing your children’s book, you should know the types of children’s books and their key characteristics.

1. Board books

This type of book is made up of colorful images, and a simple premise. The books are made up of thick board paper so that they could withstand wear and tear. The age range for board books is 1 to 3 years old.

2. Picture books

This type of book is meant for kids aged 3 to 8 years old. The books are full of fun texts and beautiful illustrations. The images range from photographs to acrylic, and watercolors.

3. Interactive books

The interactive book format is meant for older kids and is designed to urge kids to do specific tasks such as lifting their feet or clapping their hands.

4. Alphabet books

This type of children’s book is designed to help children learn their ABCs. The most commonly used format for alphabet books is the letter being shown in very large fonts, and images that are associated with the letter.

5. Poetry books

This type of children’s book is filled with simplistic poems and illustrations to make the poems more immersive. They are meant to help kids learn how to rhyme.

  • Do your research on the children’s book market

Aside from knowing what types of children’s books you are going to publish, you should do your research on the children’s book market. Remember that you will sell your books once you have them published. There is already a great number of children’s books out there. If you want your book to sell, you should make sure to check the current trends in the children’s book market. You should also check which formats the children and their parents will prefer. Remember that you will have a lot of competition in the market, so you should make sure to stack the odds in your favor.

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You''ve gone through the writing process and finally have finished your children's book. So, what's next? Like any other writer who aspires to inspire, the main question is how to get a children's book published? You can partner with Writers Republic in fulfilling your publishing goal. To discuss more about your book and what service or package best suits your publishing needs, please contact us. You can also read Writers Republic reviews to know more about us and what our published authors say about us.

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