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Friday, January 4, 2013

Writing a Children's Book

Now I have grandchildren, I'm looking into writing some children's books for them and started researching how to write a children's book sites. Here's what I've found out. If you have anything to add, I'd love to hear from you in the comment section.

  • Typical size for ages 2-6 years is 32 pages.
  • Bad guys never win
  • The ending has to be happy (think ugly duckling turns into beautiful swan)
  • If something is scary it should never touch the child (or animal)
  • Like any story it has to have a beginning, middle and end.
  • Illustrations can be scanned or to get a better resolution, get a photographer to take a picture and save as a JPEG file.


Note: I'm not endorsing anything on these sites, but you may find some useful info. that you can use.
http://www.wikihow.com/Write-a-Children's-Book
http://thepioneerwoman.com/blog/2011/04/twenty-steps-to-writing-a-childrens-book/
http://www.patmora.com/tips.htm
http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/writing-childrens-books-for-dummies-cheat-sheet.html
http://suite101.com/article/how-to-write-a-childrens-book-a115096
http://www.ehow.com/videos-on_2524_write-self_publish-children_s-book.html
http://www.ehow.com/video_2372055_properly-formatting-printer-children_s-book.html
http://www.ehow.com/videos-on_2524_write-self_publish-children_s-book.html

2 comments:

Joanne said...

Have fun with this project. I have no doubt you'll delight the grandkids, et al.
I know kids like rhymes, too - Dr.Seuss sticks in the brain, the kids remember and they start to read themselves thanks to rote memory skill. It works - i.e. Abby and Makyla.

K9friend said...

That sounds like an interesting new venture. A writer friend, Margo Dill, just pubished her first novel for young readers set in the Civil War. I bet she'd have some ideas on her blog.

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