Please welcome author/illustrator Rosie Russell to Frog on a Blog. Rosie is a former teacher who now creates children’s books full time. I love that she donates a portion of profits from her book sales to great causes! Rosie stopped by today to offer tips on writing books that young readers will love.
Writing Children’s Books Young Readers Will Love
I love picture books! Reading them to children and exploring how the author and illustrator came up with their story fascinates me. It’s the drive and passion that started my job as a full-time author and illustrator.
I’ve had many people tell me writing picture books must be easy. I wish I could tell them it is, but it’s very hard. Coming up with a tale that young readers will enjoy and finding important elements to work with, are the keys to success for creating entertaining books.
Write from your heart.
I base most of my books on something or someone in my life. Either it’s a memory or event that was personal or topic a child will love reading about.
It’s great to come up with a theme outside of your own experience. When doing so, make sure you incorporate your own voice in the story, along with lots of research on the subject.
Make your books engaging with colorful illustrations.
Children love bright colors, so use them often.
I made one that has a darker cover. It’s called Moonshadow Mae. I ran a survey with my fans and they voted for the image.
They liked how it looked more intriguing and mysterious. The inside illustrations are much brighter. The story itself is about a young girl named Mae that loves and adores the moon. It’s my first hardcover with a Library of Congress number for those that wish to add to their libraries and stores. It’s also available in paperback.
Add information for a more interactive story.
Another tip readers love: Have an interactive story or information with fun things to think about or do in the back of the book.
Many of my books include activities, fun projects, and recipes. A few of them have added questions for further learning.
In Beasley’s Journey, I’ve included simple questions the reader can answer, and an important tip for pet owners.
For Beasley and Friends to the Rescue, I’ve included pictures of the real live pets, each character is based on.
For my Maggie, Millie and Merrie series, I include art projects, recipes, and fun things to do at home.
My two Search and Find books show over a hundred things to find: Picture finds for non-readers, and word finds for readers.
Last, include fun dialogue.
Children love it when a character’s voice is heard through the dialogue. Change up the voices in a read aloud to convey their special traits.
Thank you for having me as your guest today.
Thank you for stopping by, Rosie!
Rosie Russell is the author and illustrator of eight children’s books.
She has studied Early Childhood Education and has taught students in elementary and middle school for fifteen years in the Midwest.
Rosie now writes and illustrates full time and is looking forward to sharing her books with students, encouraging them to write and illustrate their own stories.
A portion of profits from her books will be donated to different causes, depending on the subject of her books.
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