Children love to read when they do not feel pressured or judged while doing so. Books can not only help a child to expand on their education, but can also help them to learn valuable morals that they can use in everyday life. I spend a lot of time in the classroom for my career and training to become a teacher, and I have noticed that there are some very important qualities that are part of children’s books that help to make them so powerful. The following are three qualities that, when added to a children’s book, can help to make it successful and encouraging for young children.
First and foremost, the characters of your children’s book should be relatable to your target audience. Giving them situations that they are familiar with such as going to school, or not being big enough yet to do certain things, having to do chores, playing nice at school, sharing and so on, can help them to understand what the character is going through. No matter where the setting is, whether it is in a different country and a different culture, children will relate to character who have responsibility and are respectful of other people.
Is your setting going to be in a different part of the world? Is it going to be somewhere that children are familiar with like a home or a school? The setting is an important part of your book because it can be used to either teach your target audience about a new environment (like a different country and culture) or get them to relate to a place that they would be familiar with. Or, your setting can be a place from the imagination that does not exist. Whatever your setting is, be sure that you create a powerful one that the children reading your book will be sure about, don’t leave room for them to question about where the story is taking place because it can be a distraction from the content they are reading.
What is your book going to teach your audience? Is there going to be some hidden message that the children should pick up on? For instance, books that have characters learning about a new culture and befriending other children that are from those cultures can help them to better appreciate those who are different than them. Even if your story is set around fictional characters and places and circumstances that can never really happen in the real world with magic and flying dragons, there can still be valuable morals that are sent through the books content. Such as always being there for your friends, or doing what is right no matter what people might say about it.
These aspects of children’s books can really be important to young readers who are searching for meaning and purpose and relate ability behind what they are reading. Whether your book is fictional, non-fiction or informational, there is way to help them to learn and grow as a person while still enjoying the world of reading.