Why Write a Childrens Book

Why Write a Children’s Book?

Why Write a Children’s Book?

I was asked the other day at a book signing why I wrote a book for kids.  Why didn’t I write a great American novel?  Try to bring something bold and gritty and heart stopping to the local bookshelves. Why write a children’s book? I’ll explain further in depth.

Well, for one thing, children’s books are more fun to write.  As an artist, I can use creativity and humor to tell a story and entertain as well as educate. Books not only entertain us but they can remind us of our past, keep us in our present, and go with us into our future.  We should share all that we know with our children so that they can become all of the things they dream about.  One of the best ways to do this is to teach them through stories and life experiences.

 

Why Write a Childrens Book

Why Write a Children’s Book?

What Motivated Me To Write a Children’s Book

 

Another reason I decided to write children’s books is because I believe children need to hear and see things from their own world that will help them maneuver through this very challenging thing we adults call life.   Books can help parents explain to their child things that may be difficult in a one-on-one conversation.  They need to hear adults explain behaviors and situations in ways that they can understand, not in the way only adults can comprehend.  Many of the books written for children today are mystical, magical and completely fanciful, which is a good thing.  It helps to stretch their imaginations and use all of their mental and emotional capabilities.  But they also need to understand about real things:  relationships, responsibilities and reality. Using the fanciful and the practical approach in a story, helps kids grow up with a good foundation and give them perspective and security, which supports their emotional, mental and physical well-being. There are more reasons to further answer the question “Why Write a Children’s Book”.

Storytelling is an art that has been with us for as long as anyone can remember.  Before books were readily available, most people used to memorize and relay the story to their families, and in turn each generation was able to keep that story alive.  Many times each family had a person who had a gift for telling stories and they were an important part of the family unit.  Since that time, books have taken their place from the tales and fables that had been passed on to each generation to books stacked neatly on shelves, reaching so many more people all with new and interesting stories to tell.

 

Why Write a Childrens Book

Writing a Children’s Book Can Help Children Understand Our World Easier

 

In today’s world, it’s a struggle today to keep kids reading and it does help that their parents, grandparents, older siblings and other family members read to them.  I also wanted to write a book where these caretakers are finding a story that they enjoy as well.  When an adult reads to a child, they can help the child not only understand new words and new concepts, but they can bring a sense of stability and bonding that is so important to children.  Making it fun and challenging at the same times, gives kids an opportunity to see what sparks their interest or where their futures may lie, and as their parent, your words of encouragement will provide that little extra boost to their dreams.

 

Why Write a Childrens Book

Why Write a Children’s Book: The Adventures of Jack and Milo

 

Even though we are now in a world of instant information, we still need to slow down a bit and process that information through our minds and our emotions.  Children need this even more these days.  They gets fast bits of information but not a lot of time to process and rethink things so that they have a better understanding of a situation and learn to trust themselves and their decisions.

So when I write a children’s book, I think about what a kid is thinking when they see or hear the words I write, or how they see an illustration.  I try to see it through their eyes and how I might have been able to help them to understand just a small part of what they see in everyday life.

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