“Writing children’s books: How hard could it be? The truth is that because the typical children’s book ranges from thirty-two pages (picture books) to eighty pages (middle readers), it can actually be more challenging to write. Why? Because there is less content with which to communicate, meaning every word counts. Our discussion today includes the basics of writing for children: creating story and character arcs in a smaller spaces; why eye-catching, complimentary artwork is so important; why to avoid rhyming; and much, much more!”
“At eight years old, his family shattered. At nine, he left his house and friends to move to an apartment beside a busy road where dogs bark, kids shout, and he isn’t allowed to run inside because it might disturb the neighbors.
“But he isn’t concerned with childish things; he’s too afraid, too hurt. The first weekend he spends with his father is agony. He feels disloyal; he feels angry. When he says ‘Goodbye,’ his voice is breaking, and his mother later tells him, ‘If you need to live with your dad for a while, I’ll understand. We’ll work it out.’ ”
From Divorced Moms.
“Children’s picture-book writers must deliver a solid narrative, strong characters, and lovely language. These tips will have the audience begging, ‘Read it again!’ ”
Want more help? Check out Illustrating Children’s Books: Creating Pictures for Publication.
“Why should books for children require any less attention to the craft of writing than books for adults? The answer is that they shouldn’t.”
Want more help? Check out Children’s Writer’s & Illustrator’s Market 2016: The Most Trusted Guide to Getting Published.