Have you ever written for children? A lot of people seem to think it is easier to do than writing for adults – but, as someone who has spent the past year or so learning about the genre, I do not agree. In fact, I think it is harder.

Writing so kids can understand without talking down to them. Including a “message” without them feeling preached to. Rich description with a MUCH shorter word count. Writing relatable stories for an audience several decades younger than you. In fact, one of my favorite quotes about children’s writing (picture books in particular) has this to say:

Writing a picture book is like writing War and Peace in haiku. Mem Fox

Despite the difficulty, there is a wide variety of opportunities for children’s writers – and considering that most people become Christ-followers before they enter adulthood, this age group is a prime audience for witnessing and conversion. If you are interested in looking into this genre, you can check out the Children’s Author’s Network (the sponsor of Children’ Authors and Illustrators Week – held the first full week of February each year) and/or the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.

Have you tried writing for children? What is your favorite children’s book?


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