Creating and developing a children’s book is easier said than done.
Unlike fiction novels for adults, you have very few pages to work on, leaving you little room for character and plot development.
You also have to think with the mindset of a child to figure out if they’ll understand your story.
If they don’t understand what you’re saying, they will put the book down.
What habits do successful children’s book authors do to create beautifully crafted picture books?
1. They have an age group in mind.
Choose the age group, and use this to allow consistency in your story’s language, tone, and overall plot.
Use direct and simple vocabulary together with bright pictures.
When you’ve determined the age group, know that thinking like a child is very helpful. See next.
2. They think like a child.
Know what type of characters that children root for.
Use magical creatures—fairies, pirates, superheroes, and princesses always keep children elated.
What topics should you talk about? See ideas on the next item.
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3. They try new topics.
Think of unique topics instead of the usual ones like first day of school, wanting a pet, and visiting grandma and grandpa.
Compare your idea with existing children’s books. Think about what makes yours original and make sure to count every word. Know about word count on the next board.
4. They make every word count.
Write a picture book that is no more than thirty pages with five hundred words or less.
Get to your plot quickly, and think about each word you use. Say them out loud. Decide whether they make your sentences lively.
Do your words rhyme? Do you need to make them rhyme?
5. They consider NOT rhyming.
Rhymes are fun, but children’s books don’t have to have rhymes. When your rhyming attempts produce words that don’t actually sound the same, you could ruin the reading experience.
There are times when a story develops into something different once you get deeper into it. When this happens, rethink how to present your story; it may be more effective if you considered a different age group.
You need to make sure your rhymes go with the right images. Work with your illustrator. See next.
6. They work with the best illustrators.
Work closely with your illustrator, as they may picture your story differently. This might annoy you, but it’s all for your book’s art, effectiveness, and profitability.
Also, experienced illustrators know what interpretations of stories work. When you’ve finished words and images, it’s time to publish your picture book. See how you can start publishing on the next board.
6.1 They want to see their story published.
Turn your children’s story into a book. Self-publishing can be done in as easy as three steps.
Do you know how self-publishing works? We’ll provide a self-publishing guide for you.
Children can learn new concepts, words, and sounds from picture books. Happy writing!