How to Write a Children’s Book

How to Write a Children’s Book Will Start You on Your Way to Being an Author

Whether you want to have a full-blown career writing children’s books, be traditionally publish, self-publish, or simply want one book to hand down to your own children and grandkids, How to Write a Children’s Book will help you.

Here's What You'll Learn from How to Write a Children’s Book:

  • Where Do You Get Your Ideas? Bestselling children’s authors like Judy Blume, R.L. Stine, Jane Yolen and more share their answers. You’ll find out how to know when an idea is worth following, and how to write a smart book.
  • How to figure out which readership is right for you.
  • How to target and hit the mark with your reader and make sure you’re writing to the right age.
  • How to get going, using writing prompts provided
  • How to get to know your main character
  • How to plot a great story
  • What editors wish writers knew
  • Five good tools that can get you into bad trouble
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Amazon review:

5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read!

By Mara Kim

March 13, 2016
This is another great read from the Institute of Children’s Literature. I signed up for their online class several years ago and I never regretted it. I have almost all of their books that they’ve sold through the Institute. When I saw this particular one, I grabbed it immediately. It’s a short book but full of great information. The book includes experts who share how they came up with their ideas and which ones should be developed further.

This book touches upon reaching the readers at the appropriate age and being able to market it accordingly. A story for a middle school child would be approached differently than a teenager. The book includes a fun exercise to get your writing muscles moving.

A quote from the book – “Think of yourself as an artist with a sketch pad, jotting down a detail here, balancing it with another there, noting the main elements to be included in the finished painting.” I love that. We may not be painters but we do paint our stories through our characters, setting, theme, plot, dialogue, and description.

This book is a great addition to a writer’s (whether published or not) shelf. If you read this book and enjoy it, I highly recommend their writing courses. You receive feedback on your work from published authors. You will be encouraged but also pushed to make your story from good to great.


5.0 out of 5 stars READY, SET GO, PUBLISH!

By Barbara Mojica

March 10, 2016
This book is useful for readers who are thinking about writing and those who have already published. It covers a lot of ground. I thought the section on finding your readers useful. Too many novice writers write and publish before deciding exactly who they wish to target. The interview with a mystery editor presented many different scenarios by using the question/answer format.

Most likely the section that will ultimately be consulted over and over is the checklist section at the end of the book. Before hitting that permission button for publishing, writers need to submit their manuscripts one more time to scrutiny for organization, characters, setting, sentence structure and mechanics. Posting these steps on your wall may save you lots of headaches later on.


By Selmie

February 11, 2016
I’m just getting started with the idea of writing a children’s book. I found this book and thought it was great. The structure of the book makes it very approachable and allowed me to absorb the content quickly and feel more and more confident that I can do this!
What I found most helpful were:

  • the discussions and insights on coming up with an idea and how to write for your audience whether it be younger kids or teens.
  • the list and rundown of the common flaws and the organization checklist (especially loved the point to ‘resist the desire to teach a lesson’ – that made me laugh as it is what adults do but what kids don’t really want.
  • the tips on editing my own work.

I feel that after reading this book, I can better channel my energies, feel more confident, and be able to reach this goal.


By RevGinger

March 13, 2016
I bought this book with some reservations, having been disappointed in the past with similarly titled books. To my surprise and pleasure, I found it to be very complete and very thorough, with down-to-earth advice on everything from where to find ideas for stories and how to develop those ideas for different age groups, through the actual writing and the process of marketing. There was just enough mention of the writers’ personal experiences with each step to make the book not only interesting but fun to read, and those personal touches went a long way to help the aspiring author build self-confidence in her/his ability to actually DO this. When I finished the book, I started reading it all over again because it is such an enjoyable “read” and I wanted to glean every bit I could from it. I am sure it will be on my bookshelf for a long time to come, and will be frequently referred to.