Writing children’s book might be a creative pursuit that you’ve never considered before, but why not try? Children are avid readers, and the market is thriving – in the US and the UK, the growth of children’s book industry outstripped that of the overall print book market, with ever-increasing sales in 2017. Personalised children’s book is also on the rise, with more and more companies offering the customisable service/item.
Interested in joining the industry? Here are a few tips from established writers on creating a children’s storybook.
Research the Category
What kind of book do you want to publish? Children’s book could be divided into six categories:
After you’ve decided on the category, it is a great idea to look into two demographics: the child readers, and their guardians who will purchase and read the book with the children. “Your book will have to please parents and teachers just as much as children,” says author Eevi Jones. She recommends spending time with parents and teachers to get to know the buying audiences better. Don’t forget to read up on other books in the same category as yours to find out the popular themes, vocabulary and layouts.
Make Attractive Character(s)
This applies to all writing in general, but it’s especially important in children’s books to have appealing, multi-dimensional characters. “If you’re bored with a character, your reader will be, too,” say Lisa Rojany Buccieri and Peter Economy, co-authors of Writing Children’s Books For Dummies. Make sure your characters are relatable to kids and serve a purpose to the story’s development and/or message.
Keep It Simple
“Keep sentences short and easy to follow,” says Alan Durant, author of Daddy, I Can’t Sleep. In writing your story, Durant recommends a focus on rhythm or repetition to “make the language sing… Remember you are writing for an older reader (a parent or sibling perhaps) and a child listener.”
How will you write your children’s book?