Is It Easy To Write Children's Books? (5 Tips on Writing for Kids)

Today we answer our reader's question: Is it easy to write children's books?

No, writing a children's book is not inherently an easy venture. You have to consider the varying age ranges there are and which groups your writing can resonate with. If you're planning to work with a publishing company, then you are forced to abide by their standard. Or if you're trying to self-publish, you will need to outsource certain tasks and figure out how to market to your target audience effectively.

How Easy Is It To Write Children's Books

Many assume that writing a children's book is more straightforward than writing for adults. Believe it or not, writing a children's book is not always easy (and that's coming from a children's author!)

However, that doesn't mean you can't learn how to make writing children's books easy. With a firm grasp on some of the fundamentals, you'll have no issues writing your first children's stories.

5 Basic Tips on How to Make Writing Children's Books Easier

If you want to be a children's author, here are five golden tips:

  • Be Wary of Reading Level When Writing a Children's Book

Since children's literature includes a broad age range, the demographic has been divided into several genres and age groups. Each age group has children that span a widely varying reading level comprehension.

Short sentences and simple syntactic structures are required if you write for young readers and children. This is because the youngest age groups are still learning to read and don't have a very large vocabulary to draw from.

Typically, reading skills and comprehension improve as the child grows. As you target these age groups you will be able to write with more complex words and story structures.

Over time, you'll figure out which ages your writing is naturally geared. Some people are more successful at writing targeted at teenagers, while others find more success writing for eight-year-olds.

When you're first starting out, ask yourself which age group you want to write for. Because writing a children's book doesn't mean your story will be received by the entire children's demographic, only a subset of it.

  • Maintain a Clean Language with Your Target Audience

In real life, you might get away with a fleeting swear word in front of a child on occasion. But when it comes to writing children's stories, that's not allowed.

You will not use vulgar language in your children's stories if you are serious about being a successful children's author.

Children are not the ones purchasing your books—adults are. And no serious adult will be introducing inappropriate literature to their child.

This is moreso true with publishers, who will not accept any vulgarity in children's books at the risk of their reputation with buyers.

  • Maintain Word Count According to Your Reader's Age Range

You've probably noticed how there are books targeted at younger children that are usually under 32 pages in length.

This is because there is a general consensus on word count among each age range.

Although there is no official standard word limit, here are the general numbers you're working with per age group:

0 to 5 years: This will range between 0 and 5000 characters. Lots of illustrations.

6-7 years: 1000 to 5000 characters, and occasionally more. Lots of illustrations.

7-8 years old: From 10,000 to 15,000 characters. Fewer illustrations.

9-10 years: Some publishers state that they are looking for texts with 30,000 to 60,000 characters. Little to no illustrations.

Eleven years and over: We fall under the adult literature calibrations. You will be writing for advanced readers at this point.

  • Choosing the right topics to cover in a children's book

You want to address topics and lessons that are most relevant to your target audience's age group. Some examples include: learning to share, being kind, don't hide secrets, etc.

There are examples of children's books that deal with complex issues (illness, grief, abuse, war, etc.). However, these are targeted toward teenagers and older. Where life experiences can vast greatly, allowing authors and storytellers lots of flexibility in their work.

  • Illustrations for Younger Readers

Let it be said that under a certain age, you will have to rely on illustrations. This means that your writing will have to be closely tied to what's happening in the pictures in your book.

You want to take advantage of your illustrations as much as possible. Since your word count is very limited, you want your illustrations to tell as much of the story as possible. That way each word you have written on the page serves a purpose and drives the plot forward.

You don't want your words to be redundant alongside the pictures in your book.

Writing a children's book is a practice of writing with images in mind. This involves letting an illustrator take over the pictures of your book and hoping they can faithfully reproduce what's going on in your head.

Sometimes these illustrations will go above and beyond your expectations. Other times, not so much.

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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