One of the most challenging tasks anybody can undertake is writing a children’s book. It may look easy, but it isn’t an easy task in any way. There is no doubt that there are lots of individuals with the potential to write an amazing children’s book, but having the potential isn’t just enough. You need a combination of dedication and focus to be able to create and publish a best-selling children’s book.
If you are an aspiring children’s author, the following 5 five tips will assist you in curating a successful children’s book.
Message, Theme, and Central Ideas
Is it going to be a fictional story, educational book, or do you want to teach a life lesson? If you already have the message your book will carry, then good for you! You are on the right track. But if you are still searching, then you can get useful ideas by researching topics revolving around children’s books. Also consider what parents might like as well since they are likely the ones reading to their children or purchasing the book for them.
Kids are of different ages and grades. You have learning and growing toddlers, kids in preschool, and elementary school-aged children who have a bit more experience reading. There’s also the “tween” stage, the group of kids whose age lies between childhood and teen years who still enjoy a fun chapter book. Answering the question of “who is your target audience?” will help you structure your book and ensure your book connects with your target audience better.
Originality and Individuality
Making your book original and different from other popular books will help it stand out better in such a vast market. It is easy to fall into the common themes of fairy tales and princesses but remember there are other avenues to explore. If a common theme is still your goal, be sure to do something that is different to make your book stand out from the rest. Listen to your inner child for inspiration—ask yourself “What would I have loved to read as a four- or seven-year-old?” Answering that question will help put you on the path of originality.
Don’t Talk Down
Your book should encourage learning and also bolster curiosity in your readers. If your book misses these both traits, it might end up a boring read for your readers. Even if your goal is to educate and help children learn about a particular subject, be careful in your word usage so that your book does not talk down to its readers. Kids may be smarter than what many adults give them credit for, but there is still a limited vocabulary they can truly grasp.
Illustrations, photographs, and drawings combined with texts are always a winning combination for younger readers. Ensure the images are in synergy with the text and they are of high quality.
As a rule of thumb, when you are done with your first draft, you should be confident enough to have your kids, neighborhood kids, other parents, teachers, or daycare workers go through it and give you their input. This will help you shape the outcome into something that will appeal to both children and adults. Open yourself to constructive criticism, ideas, and advice. Be willing to learn when others offer sincere corrections. These will ensure you grow as a children’s book author, and it will also make your written work more successful.