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!

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