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How do you write a children's book?


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January 02, 2009 2:36AM

You write a children's book the same way you write any other book - browse through the Creative Writing section for specific ways to improve your craft. The main difference between adult literature and children's literature is the reading level. Children's books need to be on a lower reading level with fewer words. Here are some tips to help you get started: * READ! The best way to know what children like to read is to read what's already popular. Read other books to get a feel for language, topics, and reading levels. * Read Aloud. It is extremely important for a children's story to have good rhythm, and the best way to make sure your story has it is to read it out loud. Hopefully, you have some actual children somewhere that you can read to. * Learn the Lingo. You aren't going to be able to sell your story if you use dated language and obsolete ideas, so do some research to find out what today's kids are reading and talking about. * Be original. Avoid the usual cliches (like making inanimate objects talk) and don't talk down to the children. Today's market will give you brownie points for including realistic multi-ethnic characters! Children's literature is usually divided into the following categories: * Read-Aloud or Early Chiildhood books for very young children - mostly pictures with a few easy words - also called board books or picture books. Early Childhood books also include concept books to teach skills like counting and colours, pattern books, and wordless books * Easy Readers for children just learning to read (Ages 5-7) * Chapter books - books with a higher reading level, but broken down into shorter chapters for shorter attention spans (Ages 7-11) * Young Adult books - books for teenagers