Besides writing non-fiction how-to business books, I also enjoy writing children’s picture books for 3-5 years.
To write for children you need to bring out the child in you. By this I mean:
● Watch children’s TV.
● Read children’s stories.
● Have things a child would have such as cuddly toys or action figures.
● Play like a child would play – On diggers or swings.
● Go to kid’s club at the cinema and watch kids movies in a room full of kids.
● Go on day trips to where children would go – The beach, zoo, theme park.
● Play with and be around children.
● When you are with children, act like a kid, make animal noises, be energetic, make up stories, use your imagination.
● Think young, act young, be young.
If you get the chance, watch the Sooty Show, like I did at Brean Leisure Park.
You may have noticed quirkybooks.net is developing.
I have taken on-board my first new illustrator and he is working on illustrations for my debut children’s picture book for 3-5 year olds.
So what makes compelling characters for kids in terms of the writer/illustrator partnership for that age group:
- Character expressions mimic that of the kids’.
- They behave in the same manner as a kid would.
- They speak the kids’ language.
- Even the more scary animals are cute, cuddly and approachable.
- Each character has their own character that makes them memorable in some way.
- They are colourful.
- The story is told from the point of view of the main character.
- The main character is likeable and approachable.
- Kids can relate to the main character in some way.
- Each character could have a story of their own to tell.
My debut children’s picture book © “The Owl Who Couldn’t Hoot” will be out in a few months.
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Write soon. Sandra.