Three Tips to Consider When Writing Your First Children’s Book

Published February 16, 2018

Writing a book can be a daunting concept. Writing a children’s picture book can be especially daunting. If you’re passionate about writing and think you have a concept that would make a great children’s story, here are some tips to consider, based on what I have learned so far:

Understand your audience.
There isn’t much difference between writing for children and adults. Both audiences look for characters that are relatable. A strong plot also is important. Take into consideration the problems and attitudes of children and incorporate them into your story. Obviously, the complexities of characterization increase with the age of the reader, so try to put yourself on the level of your readers.

Write for yourself. 
In other words, write from the heart. Write about the things that you love or would have loved as a child. Or ask the children in your life the kinds of stories they like to read. You are bound to produce a story that not only resonates with your young readers, but one that you love.

Revisit your favorite children’s books.
Explore the works of beloved children’s books authors, such as Sandra Boynton and Mo Willems. Two of my absolute favorites.  Or any book you read when you were young or those that were read to you. Then, ask yourself what makes them so memorable. This exercise is a great way to get a feeling for how stories for children are written.

Don’t be afraid to take the plunge. Just start writing. Put pen to paper (or fingertips to keyboard) and let me know how it goes!