Considerations When Writing Books for Children

When writing for children, it's important that authors understand the age group classifications and the content expectations for those age groups. A children's picture book, for example, is quite different from a middle-grade chapter book. Each category of children's books has recommended page counts, word counts, language usage, subject matter, and more. It's also important that authors understand what type of content will resonate with their target readers. Whether it's fiction or nonfiction, if the content is too advanced, too preachy, or too dull the readers will lose interest. Watch this collection of interviews with children's authors and industry experts to learn more.

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  • Very helpful and thank you very much

  • Thanks!  I'm working on a Christian historical fiction book for teens right now.  It is based in Holland during the Holocaust, and the main character loses her parents but finds a Jewish baby she chooses to care for.  I was wondering how many words it has to be, as I am still working on the first draft and am almost near the end, with only 35,000 words.  But I guess I could add in more plot, because some parts of the story could become more developed.  By the way, message me if you would like to join my author circle to be a beta-reader for my book (a beta-reader can read my book for free and give me feedback).  —Kayla Wong, December 2020

  • This video was very helpful. Thank you.