How To Write Children's Books for Beginners (7 Tips)

In this post, we go over seven in-depth tips on how to write children's books for beginners.

7 Tips on How to Write Children's Books

One of the best things we can give a child is the joy of reading. Many children love words and most of us remember at least one story that is interesting and taught us something in childhood.

But writing for children isn't as simple as it looks. The stories are short, the language is simple, and the bad guy is clear from the start.

So here are seven tips to help you write a children's book that will be remembered for a lifetime:

1. Know your audience!

This is important for any author, whether writing a guide to the Antarctic, a historical thriller, or a microbiology book. Children, on the other hand, are not as patient as adults. If you give them too much boring description and useless dialogue, they will close the book or refuse to listen to the story until the end.

Keep an eye on the kids around you! What gets them excited? What do they worry about? How do they laugh? What are their dreams? How do they act when things go wrong? Take notes, read many children's books, both old and new, think back to your childhood, and try to live in your readers' world.

2. Find a suitable topic!

Remember that children change as they get older. Something that would thrill a 7-year-old girl would bore their 12-year-old brother to tears. On the other hand, kids usually like stories with adventure, mystery, discovery, a challenge, humor, or all of those things. Children's literature's "eternal themes" include courage, friendship, belonging, family, loss, growing up, anger, suffering, jealousy, and love.

Trust your young readers, and don't be afraid to discuss "hard" things like death, divorce, racism, and violence. Children run into them often, either directly or through their friends, and no book can keep them from going through something so painful. However, hard topics are part of growing up, and a good writer can talk about them in a way that makes their readers feel better and gives them hope.

3. Write for today's kids!

People who read your work probably know more about computers, the Internet, and Facebook than you do. People use cell phones, fly, and eat food from around the world daily. But they may think a buffalo is a cow or don't know how to talk about family and kinship in English. Putting them in a world made up, abstract, and out of touch with modern (American) life is unnecessary.

But listen up! Don't use too many references to pop culture. Unless the hottest boy band or video game is an integral part of your story, bringing it up will likely make people who listen to other bands and play even newer games laugh at you. As we've already said, kids tell it like it is when they read. They can always tell when the author doesn't care about the subject and act accordingly.

4. Create interesting characters!

Even more so than with books for adults, young readers turn to books when they need company and support. So your work should do more than entertain them. It should also help them grow by giving them more confidence in their strengths and skills, giving them ideas from someone else's experience, or teaching them something new.

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One of the things that makes this possible is that the characters have to be believable. This means that they have to have flaws, make mistakes, feel sad, unsure, or disappointed, and generally be people with whom the audience can connect. Of course, they don't even have to be people. Depending on how old they are, kids can easily see themselves in dogs, elephants, objects, mythical creatures, aliens, and vampires.

5. Take readers on an adventure!

There must always be something going on in a book for children or teens. Not only do young readers get bored more quickly, but they also understand more through empathy than through reasoning. But don't think too little of them. If they feel the writer is trying to teach them something, they will immediately choose their phone or computer over the book.

Children love to read stories about people a few years older than them and have to deal with problems that are a little harder than the ones they face. So it's crucial that their literary "peers" solve problems through their creativity, courage, and strength, not just because adults help them.

6. Write clearly!

Your story needs to be told in a way that people can understand. Say what you want to say in as few words and as clearly as possible, focusing on the action. This doesn't mean you should use "baby talk" or avoid using the proper name if it seems hard. Toddlers are naturally curious and can understand complicated ideas as long as you explain them. Even older kids are happy and proud when they learn a new word or phrase.

You can always get help from an illustrator, especially if the book is for children. A picture book for kids should be a conversation between the author and the artist. If you write the text first, think about how to tell your co-writer how the characters should look, where they should be, what scenes they should show, and what they should imagine.

7. Enjoy writing (and reading)!

Last but not least, children's books are a way for the author to connect with the parents of his young readers. They're a way for people from different generations to talk to each other, so it's good that they appeal to people of different ages and social backgrounds. But, of course, everyone can find something for themselves in them. Great works for children are just remarkable works of literature; some were written for adults at first. These are the kinds of books people return to at different points in their lives.

There's a chance that your book won't be as good as The Little Prince or Pippi Long stocking. But for it to be helpful and loved, it needs to have a little bit of that magic dust that made you stay up all night reading with a flashlight and reread your favorite books until they fell apart in your hands. Because behind every good writer is a hungry reader who can't get enough.

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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