Are you planning to write a children’s book and have done the plot and characterization? Then you are at the most important stage of writing a children’s book: the writing style. Your writing style depends upon the target age group, decided word count, and content. We discuss the best styles of children’s book writing in the article that can make your book loved by publishers and readers.
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. While using the first person, you must care about its voice. The best way is to believe that our first-person telling the story is a child. You can represent him by his 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.
While writing a children’s book, you have two phrasing options: to rhymes or verse. And according to most of the experiences and research, Rhymes is the best unless you are a writer best enough to compete with Dr. Seuss. While rhyming, you must avoid the lines with the extra syllable, don’t skip the rhymes and same very way don’t force them where they don’t fit.
3. Past or Present Tense
The trending immediacy in the children’s book market suggests the use of present tense. The publishers, teachers, and our tiny 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
The picture book does not always mean to use pictorial illustrations. You have to create a word picture in addition to illustrations to make it the best read. Let your text create an imaginary fantasy land where the children roam around with the characters through reading the text.
Now if you have a children’s book in hand with all the above writing recommendations in it, you have a popular book in your hand that would be loved by the publishers, teachers, parents and our ultimate target, the children. About all the different styles of children’s book writing which one did you like the most? Don’t forget you should include them all in your next book!
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