All of the Dr. Seuss books are great models of book styles and content that an author will want to familiarize themselves with if they want to write and sell childrens books.
The Dr. Seuss series of books are filled with character mischief, catchy phrases, counting and colors (One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish) and the care and misuse of the environment (The Lorax.) In Green Eggs and Ham, Dr. Seuss explores overcoming the dislike of food. The goal of his books is to encourage children to read, understand, and love words.
In your quest to write and sell childrens books, you will also want to check out P.D. Eastman who wrote for the Dr. Seuss’s Beginner Book Collection. This collection is a part of the I can read it all by myself books. One of the books in the series that children love is Are You My Mother? This book follows a newly hatched bird’s journey to find its mother, who has left the nest to find food for the soon to be hatched baby bird. Before the mother bird can return, the baby bird is hatched and goes looking for a mother and has no idea what a mother looks like.
Children are spellbound with empathy as the bird goes on a hunt to find its mother. The bird asks everything from a hen to a big snort, “Are you my mother?”
A few more classic books that the author who wants to write and sell children books should read is a tale that the folk singer Pete Seeger told to his children (Abiyoyo). It is a tale of a boy with a ukelele and his father who plays tricks on people. They are ostracized by their village, until they rid the village of a big menacing giant that is terrorizing everyone. A look at the following books will also be very helpful.
Books To Help You Write And Sell Childrens Books
1. The Very Hungry Caterpillar (Eric Carle)
2. Goodnight Moon (Margaret Wise Brown and Clement Hurd)
3. Corduroy (Don Freeman)
4. A Pocket For Corduroy (Don Freeman)
5. Tikki Tikki Tembo (Arlene Mosel)
6. Caps For Sale (Esphyr Slobodkina)
7. Where The Wild Things Are (Maurice Sendak)
These are books that you will find on the shelves of every preschool and library. They have been proven to be the classics that children love. So if you really want to write and sell childrens books, check these out, then ask yourself, what made these books bestsellers? What did the authors do or not do? What kind of characters did they write about? How can I become just as successful as these children’s authors? This assessment could be very helpful in writing the next book that is loved and remembered by children.
Once you’ve determined what aspects you’d like to include in your children’s books, then selling your book is the next step! A great place to start is with your target audience. Visit preschools and ask to read at story time. Seek out parents who homeschool. You can find them on blogs, forums and Pinterest groups. Visit conferences that cater to children in your demographics. Start your own blog around your book and its characters. Create memorable characters that children will love and selling books will come easy!
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