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5 Styles of Children's Book Writing


As a children's book author, I am always seeking information on how to make my writing and my books better. If you have every thought about writing a children's book here are some writing styles. Your writing style is most often determined by the target age and content for the book.

1. Point of View

The first thing to consider is the point of view. The most used in the children book market are the first person and third person. And among them, the first person is preferable, if your story revolves around the main character. The best way to do this is to believe that the person telling the story is a child. You can represent the character by the tendencies, dialect, simple words, and frame of reference. And if your main character is not always in the limelight, the third person will give you more flexibility and freedom.

2. Rhymes

While writing a children’s book, you have two phrasing options: rhymes or verse. While rhyming, you must avoid the lines with the extra syllable, don’t skip the rhymes and at the same time don’t force them where they don’t fit.

3. Past or Present Tense

The trend in writing children’s book suggests the use of present tense. The publishers, teachers, and our readers prefer to read the book written in the present tense because they engage the readers actively in the story. The reader feels to experience as it happens, rather than being something that happened somewhere in the past. Still, you should be careful about the requirement of your book. If you are telling about a certain event or time, you may need past tense to describe it. The most important point here is to pick one and stick to it. Never switch between the tenses.

4. Vocabulary and Sentence Structure

Children’s Book is not the right place to show off your grandiose knowledge of the language. While choosing words and constructing the sentences, your audience should be at your forehead. You can’t use the heavy vocabulary and long convoluted sentences here. Although children are capable of understanding complexities, the complexity of the plot and complexity of language are two different things. The best way to make your language appropriate is to keep a register and stick to it. And test your first draft on children, to assure its consistency with them.

5. Picture Your Text

Although you use the illustrations to enhance your story, let the words in the text create an imaginary fantasy land where the children roam around with the characters. I hope these tips will help you if you decide to write a children's book.

Happy Writing!

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