Books play an important and vast role in mental, psychological, social and aesthetic development. When writing for kids, choosing a book for kids or even planning to teach them the basics of any course; you have to bear in mind that kids get bored easily, they’re something fun-loving and exciting that can stay in their minds for a long time. Because of their high energy level, kids want everything to be as thrilling as they are. Through early childhood books to pre-primary books, and from primary to youthfulness, every child will be interested in books if the book will explain what it means by illustrating it to them and clearing their imagination.
Creating a book for children is as difficult as the minds of the children. It’s very hard to determine what they want to be taught or what they want to understand. When we design and create stories for children, they are also social factors. You need to incorporate these few main components in your book to attract the attention of children and play a role in improving their creative powers to make your book effective.
Yes! I remember it…
The reaction we generally get from kids when they remember certain character or story, they read once in lifetime. Sometimes, kids remembers the story through a character’s name or the illustration the book carries on its front page. So, the mood of your story should be a perfect title, enjoyable, interesting and easy to fit. Poem or alliterate, highlight your book theme, try using the primary character’s name, you can also use your book’s catch dialog or statement.
Children love personalities. They love it more when you create a personal relationship with situations with private life. Create an interesting character for them, this will give you the chance to write ever more stories based on that character, and the child will tell their parents to get the series of books related to that personality.
The main key to have a successful career in book illustrations is to draw. Drawing your imagination, developing a unique idea through it will create a good impact on children’s imagination. Children love to draw, they start drawing when they are toddlers if a paper and pencil is given to them.
They have sketchbooks in their playing room, whenever they feel like drawing they do the activities. Once you start illustrating your stories on the book, those books then will increase your sells and demands. Children will love your stories and will be able to relate their drawings with yours.
Theme is essential
Children love action and stories of suspense which expand their point of view of creativity and thought. Such stories make them curious to know what’s going to happen next or why their rivals win the game. Kid’s book illustrations must-have dinosaur’s scene, spacemen, dragons, and dolls (for girls). These themes always inspire them on different occasions in their lives. Sometimes, they want to have Frozen thematic birthday celebrations, sometimes cars, Toy Story, these all are the themes once used in the stories and now alive in the memories of kids.
Moral stories help them to develop standards and fundamental values that will help them to live a successful and ethical life ahead. Suspense cliffhangers act as prompts and in children’s routines create a continuous reading habit to know what will happen next. So, never miss the suspense energy in your children’s stories.
Characters play a basic role in the story. Children love how the character talks, reacts in certain situations. The name of the characters plays in their mind when kids are playing, they call each other with those names and imagine themselves as the character’s itself.
Make the character as memorable as you can, this will affect their imaginations. How the character lives, what kind of food it eats, how they talk to their elders, teachers, fellows are some points to be cautious about. These details of the characters appeal to children in their good and bad times.
Like the memorable characters are the key to a memorable story, the plots and their ending are the same. One of the best ways to do this is to create an issue that needs to be solved in the story early. Of course, this shouldn’t be too dark or distressing, as your book is for children. Nonetheless, the main character should be put in some kind of dilemma or circumstance that has to be resolved by the end of the story.
By nature, children are adventurous, they love to explore unpredictable things, the stories ‘ roller coaster rides and happy endings in addition. Books are a happy place for children, so it should begin with an adventurous problem or situation. Illustrated books are read and re-read at night as bedtime stories, so stories must-have details for kids and parents as well.
Read Out Loud
Reading an activity that must be a habit of every child. Kids love to read books loudly so they can understand and clear the imagination in their mind. Sometimes the rhyming words, help them learn poems in school. Kids are always taught in a loud and clear voice, this guides them in learning and focusing on what someone is saying.
The flow of the story helps them in learning what comes next, and what must be the next step of the proceeding. Emotions must be display while reading to make the acquaintance with certain faces and similes.
You will build something that stands out in a child’s mind when you master the writing blend of character, plot, and dialogue, and make sure your book is at the top of their list whenever they visit the library or bookstore. Often developing a story with a lasting meaning is as easy as combining two familiar things in an unexpected way. If you can find a way to put on a tried and tested formula a different and interesting twist, you will have a great opportunity to create a story with a lasting identity that children love.
I spent time examining in detail each of the above elements–playing with the characters, plots, themes, and identity. Illustrators use storyboards to help visualize the turns of the page. I was having fun! Let us know what else you’d like to learn?