It took me 4 years to learn everything I needed to write a children’s book and another year to actually write a good story. If only there was a “How to Write a Children’s Book” template to help me when I started. 🙈 I know that it would’ve taken me WAY less time than that to write a good kid’s book!
Once you know what you’re doing up front, you can expedite the publishing process. Because you’ll know how to draft a character, develop your plot, and write your story with focus in a way that will make it ready to send to a publisher.
Let me show you how to do that. 👇
How to Write a Children’s Book in 3 Easy Steps — AKA an easy children’s book template:
There are three main things you need to know when you want to write a children’s book:
- Who’s your story about?
- What’s the point of your story?
- How’s it going to end?
Once you are able to answer these three questions, you’re able to start writing your kid’s book. (Think of this like a “How to Write a Children’s Book Template”.)
Here’s how you can start to answer these questions.
1 – Who’s your story about?
We learn in elementary that every story has a character and that’s still true for your children’s book. Your character can be –
- A human
- A personified animal
- Or even the reader themself!
Anyone who is the focus of the story you’re trying to tell is who is the star of your story.
2 – What’s the point of your story?
This is what Lisa Cron loving refers to as your “so what factor” and what I call your — why does someone need to read your book slash why should they care about that person you just chose to tell your story about in question 1?
The answer is what your story focus should be.
Now, I know that there are some of you who want to write a story about a child who’s kind to others or who learns how to be more courageous or self-confident. However, that’s NOT the point of your story.
Your story focus needs to be an external goal outside of the character’s inner thoughts so it can drive the plot. (Something like to make a friend on their first day of school or slay the sleeping dragon.) That is the point of your story.
The rest is just a theme or takeaway after the reader finishes the book. It isn’t a reason to get them to start reading.
3 – How will it end?
Otherwise known as the conclusion of your story — you must now decide what’s going to happen to your character in the end. Are they going to get what they wanted all along? Do you have a surprise ending that the reader might not be anticipating?
There are 2 things that are important to think about when putting together the final piece of your children’s book template:
- Your character should solve the problem on their own. (Instead of using a parent to do it for them.)
- You should try to incorporate a fresh take or twist to make it stand out. (Doesn’t have to be completely out-of-the-box, but something that will be enough to surprise the reader.)
You do not have to have an English background or know how to draw or even have ANY experience in writing to create a children’s book. Anyone can learn how to do this!
All you need is the proper tools.
So to save you tons of time and research, I’ve created an easy to follow, step-by-step template to get you started. Download the “How to Write a Children’s Book” template here.
Because EVERY book deserves a place on a child’s bookshelf if you write it well enough. 😚
And if you want more help writing your children’s book, check out these other articles around the blog:
- Everything you need to know to write a kid’s book
- All you need to know to publish your kid’s book
- How to market your kid’s book when you’re ready
- 4 Quick Editing Tips for Your Kid’s Book