Best Types Of Children's Books To Write

In this post, we go over the best types of children's books to write for an aspiring children's book author.

Do you dream when you're writing children's books? Observing a child smile after reading an incredible story is one of life's greatest joys.

But writing a children's book is not as simple as it first appears. Children are a picky audience, and if the book doesn't appeal to them, they will stop reading after the first page.

Similarly, being a talented adult writer doesn't automatically make you a gifted children's book writer. It is a distinct form of art!

Brief History of Children's Storytelling

Children's literature has not always existed. It didn't exist until the 19th century, and it wasn't until the 20th century that it was granted nobility. Most children's books in the past were fables with numerous metaphors.

The tale served as a cover to teach kids moral lessons like don't steal, don't lie, etc. These stories were written with both children and adults in mind.

Today, there are many specialized publishing houses, and children's literature has significantly advanced.

What Are The Best Types of Children's Books to Write

Knowing your potential readers' age is crucial before you write anything. A book for young children and a book for teenagers are, in fact, very different from one another! Everything depends on how sensitive you are as a writer.

Globally, the age groups are divided as follows:

  • 0-3 years: picture book only, intended to stimulate toddlers
  • 3-5 years old: picture book with a story to start getting the child to read
  • 5-8 years old: a colorful story for children who are still learning to read
  • 8-10 years old: the real story with chapters and a plot that holds up
  • + 10 years old: literature for teenagers and young adults

The most crucial thing, regardless of which age group you select, is to adjust for your audience. The number of pictures and sentences and pages in the book can increase as the child ages.

Avoid using complex words, and remember to respect the toddler's vocabulary.


What style of book should you write?

Once you have determined the age of your audience, you need to think about the theme of your book. Will the book be:

  • Fantastic?
  • History?
  • Instructive?

For example, your book can tell the story of a child or an animal. Some subjects naturally fascinate children, for example:

  • Vikings.
  • Dinosaurs.
  • Ninjas.
  • Dragoons.
  • Horses.
  • Etc.

It all depends on your audience. Similarly, you can choose to write a book with an objective, such as: to raise children's awareness of ecology or to introduce them to the world of space, and so on

Be careful, however, to avoid moral lessons that can quickly displease.

A children's book should remain fun and enjoyable to read, not be like a boring presentation.

Here are resources I recommend to get more in-depth knowledge

Storytelling 101 teaches you how to write compelling stories worthy of commercial success. This is best for screenwriters, novelists, filmmakers, videogame writers and storytellers.

Children’s Books 101 teaches you how to write stories that children will love. This is best for aspiring children’s book authors and storytellers.

Owl AI is the revolutionary AI-powered content production platform that helps storytellers, writers, and bloggers of all subject matter easily create highly-polished content.

Success, Money & Mindset Subliminal is a self-hypnosis recording that we recommend to new writers to help with focus, concentration, creativity, and motivation.

Shadow Work Journal: 240 Daily Prompts contains inner work exercises related to relationships, anger, anxiety, self-love, healing trauma, abandonment issues, depression, forgiveness, etc.


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