Books – A Child’s Gateway To The World!

Books provide a great outlet for children! They help them learn, they give them ideas, they teach them about different cultures, and all the while, allowing them to stay close to home until they feel they are ready to face the world! Books can help prepare children in so many ways and are always there for them if they ever need them again. Just ask yourself – how many times have you re-read a book? And why? It held your interest, it helped you solve a problem, or it just gave you joy and made you smile!

Books help children learn about success in life.

When children read books about people who succeed, give back to the community, and create a better world, they learn valuable lessons. Those books will show them how to face hurdles and win. Books will give them examples to use to model their own life around. Mom and Dad are the great role models, but reading widens their ideas of the global world around them.

Books help children to develop their interests and passions.

Children read books that are their ‘favorites.’ The book is about what is important to them. It makes them think about possibilities. When a boy reads a book about space, he begins to get ideas, learns about the planets, and how they impact his world. A girl who builds with Legos will now think about what she could build on a larger scale and play a vital role in today’s world.

Books help children learn about other interests in life.

Books are a gateway for children to learn about art, music, the great novelists and famous artists. By being able to access and read about these subjects, they will be able to begin thinking on a higher level. These types of books will help them in their studies and give them the courage to try new things and not be afraid to fail.

Books will increase their self-confidence and identity.

Reading books will lead to children being more self-confident as they go through life. They will be able to take part in any number of activities or adventures (and we all know how children ‘love’ adventure!). This will help them feel safer and stronger in today’s changing world.

Books will help children learn at all levels.

Books come in a wide variety of topics for learning. For babies and toddlers, you have picture books that help them learn numbers, colors, shapes and letters. For young children you have books that teach the ideas of sharing, helping others, and how to cope when bad things happen like a family break up or someone dies. Fiction helps develop imagination, while non-fiction gives them a sense that they are not the only ones with feelings and questions. Books are thought-provoking and provide meaning and answers for everyone.

That’s why if you have any ideas about writing books for children – start now. Begin by putting down ideas and then do your research. Ask your own children, nieces, nephews, cousins, a friend’s children – get ideas from all over. Listen to their ideas and reasons why (or why not). Even the negatives can give you wonderful ideas for books. And it does not have to be a 500-page book either! Some of the best books for children are short, with colorful pictures and easy to read words. You need to come down to their level – which means maybe going back to your own childhood for those feelings, ideas and pictures.

Don’t be afraid! Give it a shot. You might be surprised at how well it turns out. Remember, writing is an ongoing process – so don’t give up!

Some Fascinating Books for Young Readers

In spending the afternoon doing my favorite thing – strolling through my local book store – I saw some great books that I have a feeling kids will really love.

The first one that caught my eye was Doreen Cronin’s The Chicken Squad: The First Misadventure. Now considering my age and era of enjoyment, I immediately connected to The Chicken Squad, not only because it brought back memories of my favorite TV show, The Mod Squad, but because the chickens on the cover reminded me so much of several of my friends. There are some great illustrations in the book, it reads very easy, and my 7-year old God-daughter enjoyed it immensely!! And I consider her a 1st-rate book critic as she’s always finding her way to books racks no matter where we go!

According to the School Library Journal, Jennifer Ward’s Mama Built a Little Nest is another great choice in books. Once I found it, I thoroughly enjoyed it, even though it is recommended for 4-8 year olds! The illustrations are beautiful and it gives children a lot of information about birds, while teaching them through the use of poetry, interesting and descriptive facts on birds and their nest-building skills.

Helping children learn to love books is easy. There are so many interesting ways to present life to them and help them learn valuable lessons that will benefit them as they grow older. Books give children another perspective to think about, or helps them to solve problems which will be helpful as they face different situations in life.

Writing books help children get ready for the ‘big world to come’ before they go out into it. They get to use their imagination, stimulate their sensory awareness, and get ready for taking part in the ‘grown-up’ world of Mom and Dad.

Books can also help kids become more confident, discover who they are and who they want to become, and how diversity is an important part of meeting people and finding friends. Books can help develop compassion, understand values, and build community.

Got an idea for a children’s book? Then start today! Build an outline, develop a story line, but most of all – use your own experiences to teach lessons and help children grow, learn, and become the best they can be. It may not happen right away, but with time, dedication and love, you will soon have your story. Ready to publish? Let us know and we will be glad to help you on that journey.

Books are highways to other worlds – full of fascination, learning, and growth.

Why Do People Like Books?

Books take you to places you have never been before. It’s like seeing the world without ever leaving your favorite chair.

Books help you build ‘yourself’ to the next level. Books can inspire, help improve your self-confidence, help show you the similarities in others, let you know people have problems similar to yours – it really rounds out your view of life.

Books help you communicate and share. Someone may mention an idea they have and because you read something like that idea in a book, you can tell the person what you read and then talk about if it the idea is right, wrong, or you need to do more reading to form a better opinion or option.

Books help you open up your creative energies and boost your imagination. It helps you see that anything is ‘possible.’ It all depends on how you go about it, and what you want out of it in the end. That’s how inventors made better products than the originals. That’s how you make mac and cheese different. All from reading that stretches your mind.

Books are ‘cool.’ You don’t have to spent every minute with your nose in one. Books will ;help give you a wide array of topics to use when talking with people. Books help you find ‘common ground’ that is a great building block of friendships.

To help your child get interested in books:

  1. Read with them. Show them it is ok, no matter what your age is, to take some time to read. By reading with them you are making ‘special time’ with your children to show them you care about them.
  2. Pick books that interest everyone. Just reading one type of book can get a bit boring. When you mix it up, it helps your children think about things and gives you a chance to help them ‘see’ the world in a more informative way.
  3. When you read with your children, try to make a play out of it. Think about what the character looks like and then act it out for a bit. It will bring laughter into your time together and again – stir the imagination.
  4. Books are a good way to always be learning and growing. There are many genres of books – fiction, non-fiction, thrillers, sci-fi – and each can help ideas grow, improve life, make relationships better, and really help add to the ‘specialness’ of each person.

Take advantage of reading all you can, when you can. You don’t have to pick up a physical book each time you want to read either. The Internet, book stores, and many libraries let you read ‘online.’ So if you don’t feel like going out to get a book, just let your fingers and the Internet find the book you want. Want to try a new flavor of tea? That would be a great time to brew the tea, get a book, and then sit and enjoy both.

Books are not just for children – but for all ages! Start enjoying the mysteries of the Orient today. Build your first space ship. Cook your first casserole. Dream about where you want to live when you graduate college. What kind of work would really be right for you. All of this can be found in books. All it takes is a few minutes of your time and soon you will be on top of the mountain, or deep down on the ocean floor. It may even inspire you to write a children’s book. You can do anything because the choice is all yours!

 

Important Basic Steps When Creating Children’s Books

Ideas for children’s books come from all over. Ideas spring from family, friends, and other children. Ideas grow from reading books, plays, and poetry. There are even ideas if you look back at your own childhood days. You want children to learn all that is new. You want to help them build good habits. Most of all, you want them to have fun while reading. Making your children’s books interesting, exciting, and simple will help turn your stories into tomorrow’s classic favorites!

Here are a few simple steps to start with:

  1. Read, read, and read even more! Reading what other writers have done will help you focus. Reading what others write will show you how they took their idea and made them kid-friendly. Don’t be shy! It’s a great way to brainstorm for future books.
  2. Find out why children read certain books. What is so special about them? Look for things other writers have in common. Review their characters, favorite subjects, how they shaped their ‘plot.’ Do other books make children think better? Do other books blend fantasy with reality? Reading other writers will give you more ideas to make your own idea even better!
  3. What do you want your children’s books to talk about? Do you have an idea to help babies learn better? Do you have a great way to get a child to like a new idea? Put your ideas down on paper. Work your ideas from start to finish. Create an outline to keep you on track for characters, story lines, and endings.
  4. Once your ideas are set out on paper, what age-range do you want to attract? For babies, they tend to like books that are soft, full of color, with lots of pictures. For a 10-year old who needs help with math problems, an easy, step-by-step guide will be a great success.
  5. Remember to keep your ideas simple. When children read, they read from their own point of view. Let your story reflect one point of view. If there is a conflict or problem, make it easy – but not too easy. Make sure the lessons they learn can be used over again at some other time in their life.
  6. Above all, do not be afraid to fail. When we fail, we push ourselves to see what we did wrong. When we fail we begin to think about how to make the story better the next time. Writers write every day, about anything and everything. Most writers did not start out with a best seller. Keep trying, keep writing, and let the ideas flow!

For more tips and information on ideas and how to start writing children’s books, visit http://www.theguardian.com/childrens-books-site/2013/jul/10/top-writing-tips-childrens-books-editors