How do you make a book interesting for kids? If you are planning to write a book for kids then you have to know that your competitors are video games and televisions. How do you make kids want to read your book. I hope this article can help.
Kids nowadays just don’t know how good a book can be. They wallow in front of the computer playing those online games to the point that they do not have any social life anymore.
I remember talking to another parent who said that they are lucky because their teenager does not go out of the house. I asked them what’s keeping their teenager busy at home. Not so surprisingly they said computer games and cable TV.
When I was still a kid I can remember that my summers are spent, not just playing outdoor games, but also reading books – a lot of it. I would take a book and lie down on my bed with the windows open. As I open those pages to read, I start a journey from reality to fantasy as if I was in the book.
Nowadays, kids do not talk about stories they read in a book. Instead you will hear them talk about some online games they just played and how their character has levelled up. What worries me is that our new generation is using their imagination less and less that they become less creative. Computer games and television has taken away that potential for a kid to use his brain power.
That is why I am writing this article to encourage authors to write books for kids to enjoy. A number of books have been enjoyed by other young people like Harry Potter, The Hunger Game and many more. But you will notice that many of them liked it because of the movie and not the other way.
So, as an author, do you know how to make a book interesting for kids? How do you make them like to even pick up your book from the book shelves and read even just the foreword?
Actually it really depends on the ages of your niche or target market. Younger kids between 4-5 years old, based on my observation, are still fond of reading especially when the book is interactive. If you are to make a book for little kids this age, you have to make sure that your storyline is interactive and the book itself will have more bright colours and more interactive pictures.
Writing a book for teenagers, however, is different. There is less to no pictures at all so the challenge really is in the plot of the story. You have to catch their attention on the first page so that they will continue to read. Also, the transition should be rapid so that the readers will not be bored while reading. The characters in the book should be well described and attractive to kids.
Another thing is humour. They said that if you are able to make someone laugh then you got their attention. Your book should have its mixed emotions. It can be romance, comedy, action – as long as you keep arousing the interest of the reader by making slight twists here and there.
Before I forget, since we authors have a moral responsibility, if you make a book for kids they should contain moral values and lessons to learn. If we get them hooked to our book, we might as well make a little difference by teaching them something that they can bring along with them as they grow.
Writing a book for children may be a hard thing to do but the reward is astounding. You are not just an author but you are also their mentor so be very careful what you write.