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How to Write a Children’s Book Template

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’ve heard from TONS of fellow KidLit writers that it takes 5-10 years to get your first publishing contract. And while that’s true for a lot of people, it DOES NOT have to be the rule. If you know what you’re doing upfront, you can expedite the publishing process.

Free Children's Book Template | How to Write a Children's Book

How to Write a Children’s Book Template in 3 Easy Steps:

There are three main things you need to know when you want to write a children’s book:

  1. Is your story idea a good one?
  2. Do you understand the basic structure of a children’s book?
  3. Are you able to outline your story idea before you start writing?

Once you are able to answer and show you understand these three questions, you’re able to start writing your kid’s book. And here’s how you can start to answer these questions.

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1 – Is your story idea a viable one?

A lot of writers begin writing about a great idea they have without doing ANY research beforehand, only to realize that their idea has already been done before. Then they can’t sell that story that they spent HOURS working on.

But that doesn’t have to be you.

Instead, you should research your story idea before you ever start typing. Make sure you know what books already exist and when they were last published. Go to the store or library and read them. This is the only way to make sure you’re truly being original.

2 – Do you know the basic structure of a children’s book?

I hear it all the time: “Oh, I could write a kid’s book!”, “Writing kids’ books is easy!”, or “I have the best idea for a kid’s book.” But normally the person saying this has NO IDEA what it takes to write a children’s book.

Even though kids’ books are relatively short compared to novels, it doesn’t mean there isn’t a structure you have to follow. You need to understand what genre you’re writing for, who your comp books are for your story idea, and what components you need to include to make a good story. And this only comes from learning about kids’ books.

3 – Are you able to explain what your story’s about before you start writing?

I know there are a lot of pantsers in the world, but I don’t believe that’s a good way to start out writing your story. There are still components that you need to know before you sit down at the computer. Like, who’s your story about and what’s going to happen to them?

Even if you don’t plan on writing an outline for your story and would prefer your character’s to speak to you as you write, you should still understand the answers to those two questions. It’s the only way to know that what you’re writing isn’t going to have to be tossed out later. 🤗

You do not have to have an English background to write a children’s book. Anyone can learn how to do this! All you need is the proper tools. And 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 and get started writing that story idea of yours! Every book deserves a place on a child’s bookshelf if you write it well enough. With this template, you’ll have all the tools to ensure that incudes your story. 😚

Download the free children's book template

And if you want more help writing your children’s book, check out these other articles around the blog:

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      1. Hi, I would like to receive a free template to start writing a childrens story book. I think the template would be really helpful. I attempted to sign up and not received anything. Would you be able to resend it to me. Thank you, Vivian

        1. Hi Vivian! Thanks for letting me know. I sent you another email. Double-check for “Brooke Van Sickle” or “brooke@journeytokidlit.com” in your spam folders if you don’t see it. Happy writing! 🙂

    1. Hello dear!
      The Template doesn’t arrive to my email 😕 I’ve tryed 3 times and nothing could you help me pls?

      1. Hi Sara –

        Sorry to hear about that! I just sent you a separate email to this address with the template attached. It’s coming from brooke@journeytokidlit.com. If you don’t see it, be sure to check your spam. Hope it helps improve your story! Can’t wait to hear how your writing journey goes! 🙂

    2. Hello Good evening I would love to receive a copy of the template if its still available. Thanks in advance

    1. Hi Farasha! Sorry about that. You should see an email from me — look for “Brooke – Journey to KidLit” or “brooke@journeytokidlit.com” in your inbox. Thanks for letting me know!

    1. Hi Reina! I just sent you an email with a link to the template. Check your inbox for something from “Brooke Van Sickle” or “brooke@journeytokidlit.com”. Have fun writing your story!

  1. I am looking forward to writing my own children’s book, thank you. Also would love to collaborate with anyone writing books specifically for babies and toddlers, to include on my website and perhaps in a package for a children’s clothing business I’m working on. Anything educational would be great.

    1. Wonderful! If you’re looking for a hybrid publisher at all, I recommend checking out bibliokidpublishing.com. They’re a great resource to help you with ending, illustrating, and having books printed. Good luck with your writing journey ❤

    1. Hey Molly! I saw that – and it looks like it keeps bouncing. Do you have another email address or do you have any added security features that may be preventing it from being delivered?

  2. Good morning,
    I promised my ladies prayer group to have my children’s book completed by my birthday which is tomorrow! It’s a simple story about how I launched my multicultural children’s consultant business from one act that happened to my four year old son at pre-school. The story is 30 years old but the challenges are still the same today. I’ve got most of the book written but it’s difficult writing it in WORD not knowing how to place the photos. Is their a template in your downloadable? As a former teacher and now nonprofit youth advocate, it’s time to share this story with the world. Thanks in advance!

  3. Hello, really excited to move forward with this I have been working on it for a few years now. However, I have not received the free template to get started. Can you please send it again?
    Kindest regards,

  4. Hi Brooke, thank you so much for taking the time to create this template. My template showed up under the “Promotions” tab in Gmail, just a tip for those of us requesting it in the future. 🙂

    1. Hey Annie! Just sent it to you again — check for the subject line “Here’s your children’s book template” from Brooke – Journey to Kidlit or brooke@journeytokidlit.com. Sometimes it goes into Spam or the Promotions tab in Gmail so check them both. Let me know if you see it!

    1. Hey Shawnteyana! Just sent it to you again — check for the subject line “Here’s your children’s book template” from Brooke – Journey to Kidlit or brooke@journeytokidlit.com. Sometimes it goes into Spam or the Promotions tab in Gmail so check them both. Let me know if you see it!

  5. Hi Brooke, Thank you for making this helpful toolkit available! I’ve tried to download it and checked my spam, but can’t see an email from you. do you mind sending it again, please?
    Can’t wait to get started!

  6. Hi Brooke. Good morning. I’ve submitted my name and email, but don’t see the template. Given some of the comments already posted, I checked my spam prior to posting my comment. Would love to use it. Thanks.

    1. Hey Kenzie! Thanks for reaching out. For sure! Just sent the children’s book template to your email — check for something from brooke@journeytokidlit.com in your inbox. (It might be in your promotions folder if you don’t see it right away.) Have fun working on your story!

  7. Hello! I would love a copy of the Children’s Book Template. I tried the download button above and it didn’t seem to work for me. So excited about this!

  8. Hello, can I get the template as well. It didn’t send it to my email and I checked all the places.

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