7 Essential Tips & Tricks For Writing Children's Books

In this post, we discuss several tips and tricks for writing children's books.

7 Tips & Tricks For Writing Children's Books

The following is a list of tips and tricks for writing children's books:

Read a lot of children's books

A writer must be well-versed in the genre he is writing. This means that they have taken the time to master the craft and has read plenty of work from other writers.

When a storyteller reads tons of books, they get a better understanding of the stories being told, how to use tone, the standard story structure, narrative rhythm, and so on.

There are wonderful works for children in classical literature. These are excellent writing examples for authors who want to work in this genre.

Spend time with the target reader (children)

Sitting down with a group of children guarantees a list of good writing topics. They are completely sincere and truthful.

Observing them play and interact with one another will also help you get to know them better, to learn what amuses and bores them. You will see what topics pique their interest.


Good ideas can be found everywhere. Observing and paying attention to the environment will reveal a variety of situations that can inspire an author.

During this stage of brainstorming, no ideas should be discarded. Instead, it's time to write everything down, reflect on it, and decide what works best with the story we want to write.

Develop the characters

The child must be able to identify with the character he is reading about. He must connect with him so that he stays with him until the end and feels like he has shared an adventure with a friend.

Characters in children's books don't need to be perfect (none of us are), but they should face challenges and believably overcome them.

The main characters can be humans, animals, or even inanimate objects, but they must all have a childlike quality.


Pay attention to the illustrations

The illustrations must match up with the story's text. This helps children improve their reading comprehension and encourages them to finish reading their stories.

An illustrator knows how to tell stories with images, what pictures children enjoy most, and where to place these illustrations for maximum impact.

Typically, an illustrator takes a heavy financial investment, but it is very necessary for creating a good children's book.

Find a good title and an attractive cover

The first two things anyone notices about a book are the (1) title of the book and the (2) book cover.

You want the title to be short and memorable, while also unique. The title must also be relevant to the story.

The cover of the book should be as eye-catching as possible. This way a child, or an adult, will find it enticing enough to pick up and hopefully purchase.

Work with good professionals

A writer must recognize the importance of surrounding himself with industry professionals who can assist him with the publication of his work: illustrators, editors, proofreaders, designers, and so on.

They will be the ones to guide the writer through the narrative process as well as the editing and publishing stages.

This group understands the market, trends, and how the story should be approached.

To summarize, the author requires a good editorial team's talent, knowledge, desire, work, and assistance to write a children's book.

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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