Writing children’s books can be downright fun and rewarding. It allows you to perceive things like a child again, bringing out that small voice from within. It can also be a steady source of income once it gets published and catches children’s attention. Children’s books have been proven to sell in gigantic numbers because of there immense popularity even in a time when the sales of most books are dropping.

The question of how to begin to write one, however, is a common question. The key is to think like your target readers would think. As mentioned earlier, writing children’s books allows the author to bring out to the world that small child within him, and by perceiving things as your readers do, helps you in plotting the story.

The first thing to consider is the target market. If the desired audience is between five to seven years old, then try to think of the fun filled moments you had when you were still about that age. Everyone will agree this would be a difficult thing to do because if one can vaguely remember what happened two years ago, then it would be asking too much to have a recollection of moments two decades ago. Concentrate instead on the general perspectives and feelings you had when you were still a child.

In plotting your book, collate all the necessary characters and events that are involved. Clearly identify each character and the role that they are going to play in the story. Plan the events that happen in the story, making sure that they would have an impact on the life of the characters in your book. Most importantly, children or a child should play a center role in the story and their acts should be the deciding factor in the story’s conclusion.

As a child, you might have wondered why your father or mother is so engrossed in reading that small book they always carry when in fact it does not have any pictures inside it. It is an accepted fact that children love pictures. You might have noticed that they first look at the pictures then read the caption later. So it is very important that you put in related illustrations as your story unfolds. The illustrations or pictures on your book should be able to tell the story to a child even though they have not yet read the words that you put in.

If you are writing for a five year old child, always remember to keep the story simple, short, and easy to understand. Above all, you should constantly bear in mind that a child would usually expect happy endings. You probably would not want the child to end up crying bitterly and throwing away your book because the main character was swallowed by an alien mutant, would you?

Children are the most dynamic readers. They may change books halfway through because they suddenly become disinterested with the story. However, once you catch their drift, they will surely ask for more stories from you.