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How to Write a Children’s Book

Have you, or someone you know, ever wanted to write a children’s book but had no idea how? These 5 easy steps will show you where to start and give you some basic techniques so that you can share your story with the world!



 

Step 1: Outline

Before starting your book, you need to first ask yourself some questions…

What is your story about? If you are having trouble with this, you’re in luck! You have access to inspiration right here at your fingertips.

Try googling “Children’s books” and add a key phrase that describes your idea. Use these books as a reference for how to make yours stand out.

Don’t be discouraged if your book idea is already published by someone else. That just means it is sought after by young readers!

What is your goal for the story? Is it a teaching book? If so, what lessons are you trying to teach?



 

Step 2: Formatting

A standard children’s book (for ages 5-8) has 32 pages, back-to-back, including the dedication.

The words are typically found on the left page, while the illustrations are on the right.

The basic format for writing a children’s book is:

Beginning- Introduce your character(s) and their quirks along with the main problem.

Middle- A problem fights against the character(s) three times, each time getting harder to overcome. They give up after the third problem.

End- The character(s) have a breakthrough and solve the problem, taking an important lesson away from their experiences.


These are all things you can play around with to better suit your book.


 

Step 3: Character Development

If you want your book to have substance, your characters need to as well.

In order to do this you need to know a few things about your character:

What do they want/desire?

Are they too brave or do they have too many fears?

What kinds of things do they say that makes them stand out?

The main protagonist AND antagonist should learn a valuable lesson that changes them by the end of the book.



 

Step 4: Writing

It’s time to think about who you are writing this book for…

What age are they?

Who will be the one reading it- the parents or the child?

Always remember that children’s books are meant to be simple so they can be understood by their audience.

Therefore, repetition is a good thing.

Avoid the use of complex words and metaphors.

Make sure you dive right into the good stuff when starting the story. This will help you keep the reader’s attention.


After the climax, you should end the story within 3 pages so you don't lose your readers.



 

Step 5: Illustrations

Are you artistic? If not, that’s okay!

There are plenty of freelance artists that are willing to do illustrations for a decent price: https://bit.ly/3a9WStF or https://www.strictlygeekproductions.com/graphic-design

However, if you would like to attempt your own illustrations, that’s great too!

If you choose to do this yourself, you should first choose the style of art you want for your book.

Here are some of the illustration styles you could try: Metal etchings, Woodcutting, Pencil, Charcoal Watercolour, Acrylic, Collage, Digital, Vector



Now you’re ready to get started! Try not to stress about it.


If you don’t enjoy writing the book, will children enjoy reading it?

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