New parents tend to have a lot of teaching paraphernalia up their sleeves for the kids, especially now that we all need to stay at home.
To prove my point, many moms and dads have been trying the Patience Challenge at the time of this writing, for instance. They bring out a yummy treat, tell the children to wait for them to come back before eating it, and see if they can follow the order well. Others create picture games to test their memory, word association to improve their vocabulary, etc.
Another rising trend among parents is making children’s books during the quarantine. They see it as a worthwhile experience since it gives the kids something that they can read and pass down to the new generation. Some even publish their work for the other kids whose parents are too busy to do the same.
If it is you are planning to create a book—or a series of books—for the little ones, here are a few things to think about:
What Book Format Works For Your Kids?
From the get-go, you need to consider the type of book that your children may enjoy, and that typically depends on their age group. For instance, toddlers may be into picture books because they cannot read yet. As they grow older (around six to ten years old), they can become interested in stories with illustrations or books with chapters. Then, you may let go of the pictures altogether once the kids graduate from elementary school.
What Is An Ideal Writing Style?
The children are tricky audience since they have different levels of knowledge about language. If you have little ones between the ages of zero and three years old, you don’t need to add words. In case they are over the age of four, you may use short sentences and simple verbs and tenses, which are suitable for new learners. Beyond that, you can try turning stories into poems or adding dialogues and using more complicated tenses.
What Characters Do They Like?
Another way to make sure that your work will pay off and get the reaction it deserves from the kids is by putting their beloved characters in the book. Whether they are into princesses and magic castles or dinosaurs and safaris, you should be able to showcase them in the pages. If possible, the story may even revolve around them.
Don’t worry if your young children can only appreciate picture books at this time. As long as you can draw the scenes well or find someone who can, it will turn out fine. The text may still be useful when they grow up since they can interpret the story independently.
What Moral Lesson Do You Wish To Impart?
The moral lesson is a vital aspect of every children’s book. The latter gets published to teach something to the kids, be it humility, kindness, etc. It should also give them a glimpse of what can happen if you bully or hurt other people. Without a moral lesson, the book may be incomplete.
Wanting to be a part of your youngsters’ learning experience is admirable. A lot of kids have had to grow up without their parents to help with homework and other school stuff. The fact that you are going out of your way to create a book for them genuinely shows that you don’t want them to live like those other children.
Considering you can make a children’s book and publish it for the little ones, there is no doubt that they will be pretty proud to have you as a parent. Good luck!