Enter the characters you see below Sorry, we just need to make book to teach children to read and write you’re not a robot. Remember what it was like to curl up with your favorite book as a child, completely absorbed in the world of the story?
We write stories for children to teach them lessons we have learned, to provide them with sources of delight and inspiration – and perhaps to reawaken those feelings in ourselves, too. This article outlines the steps involved in writing a children’s book, from generating ideas to pitching your finished manuscript to publishers. As you begin thinking of ideas for your children’s book, it’s very helpful to read others’ work. Go to your library or children’s bookstore and spend a few hours browsing.
Think about which books appeal to you most, and why. Do you want your book to have illustrations, or will it be text-only? Do you want to write fiction or non-fiction? Non-fiction or informational books require research or knowledge of the subject matter and can be good if you’re an expert about something like dinosaurs, meteors or machinery. For good fiction inspiration, read the classics. For example, check out such books as: Goodnight Moon, Where the Wild Things Are, The Polar Express, and other favorites.
The entertainment industry is currently experiencing a greatly revived interest in fairy tales and turning them modern. Since the majority of fairy tales are in the public domain, you’re free to snaffle up characters and plots and take them to completely new places with totally new attitudes! Consider which age group interests you as a writer. Starting with easy-readers through to teen novels, there is a great deal of scope here but there is also likely to be a lot more writing and researching involved. Don’t neglect the potential for a book of poems or short stories. If you write either, you’ll find children love both too.
Decide whether your book is mostly words, mostly pictures, or a bit of each. If your book is for younger readers, you’ll want to include a lot of artwork that complements your writing. If you’re an artist, you may draw your own illustrations – many children’s book authors do. If you’re not, you may want to hire a professional illustrator to create the artwork for your book. Illustrators have very different styles, so it’s important to conduct thorough research before making a choice.
Do an online search for illustrators and look at professional portfolios. If hiring a professional isn’t in your budget, you might want to ask a friend or family member who is artistic to create artwork for your story. Consider photography as another option for adding images to your book. If you enjoy taking photos, you can use real life scenery, stills using stuffed toys and so forth.
You can also use a digital photo program to add elements that you can’t photography easily. What type of books target younger children with a basic level of reading comprehension? Board books generally target infants and children who are just learning to read. They generally have very few words per pages and very few pages per book.