Updated: May 21
Writing a children's book series is a thrilling adventure that allows you to connect with young readers and leave a lasting impression on their lives. However, creating a successful series that captivates children's attention can be daunting, especially for new authors. In this blog post, we will share some tips on creating an award-winning children's book series that will entertain and educate as well.
Know your Audience
Before you begin writing your children's book series, it's important to research what kind of books and stories resonate with your target audience or if you are the expert in your subject, like me being an identical twin. Children have different reading preferences based on age, gender, and interests. Once you know what your readers are looking for, you can craft a story that will appeal to them.
Develop Your Characters
Characters are the driving force of any children's book series. Creating memorable, relatable characters will keep readers engaged and invested in your story. Develop your characters by giving them unique personalities, backgrounds, and quirks. Make them the hero of their own story, and create a world around them that children can get lost in.
Keep it Simple
The language used in a children's book series should be clear, concise, and easy to understand. It should also be age-appropriate. A good rule of thumb is to write for a reading level one or two grades below your target audience. Children want to be entertained, so make sure your book is fun, engaging, and easy to read.
Create a Plot that Will Engage Young Readers
Your story should have a plot that is captivating, exciting and moves at a fast pace. Young readers have short attention spans and will quickly lose interest in a slow-moving or boring story. Create a world of adventure and imagination in which young readers can get lost. A good plot should create a sense of tension, anticipation and leave readers eager to discover what will happen next.
Keep it Franchise-Able
While you may have only intended to write one book (me), if your first one is successful, there's a good chance that you'll want to continue the series. Therefore, creating characters and situations that can be revisited in future books is essential. Keep the plot and characters flexible enough to easily add more stories to the series and make it unique enough to keep readers engaged.
Creating a successful children's book series requires hard work, dedication, and a little bit of imagination. However, if you follow these tips, you will be on your way to crafting an exciting, memorable series that young readers will love, like Twins Mac & Madi. Remember to keep your target audience in mind, develop interesting characters, keep it simple and interesting, and ensure that your story has franchise-able elements. Happy writing!
By Linda Herron
Children's Book Series