PARIS, TENNESSEE, UNITED STATES, December 12, 2017 /EINPresswire.com/ — There is a perception that writing children’s books is easy because the words and stories are simple. The truth is writing a book for children is actually more difficult than writing a novel. A children's author must take into consideration the development of the child they are writing for.
“Kids are tough customers,” says children’s author Natalie Wade. “They like what they like. And if they don't like it, they don't like it.”
Natalie Wade is the acclaimed author of the popular series of Lily books: Lily's Feather Kite (2013); Lily's Flower Igloo (2014); Lily's Three-Layer Mud Cake (2015) and Lily's Castle Float (2016). She has also written The Adventures of Polliwog Pond: The Tale of a Late-Bloomer (2016) and her forthcoming book The Tale of the Great Pout (2017). The Trials of Otto (2014) is a standalone book about bullying.
A retired preschool teacher and a former home-schooling mom, Wade has worked in early childhood development all of her life.
“A big reason I wrote the books is because of my work as a preschool teacher,” says Wade. "I get my ideas from the kids. I'll be going through the day and something will happen. I’ll think, "Oh, that will make a good story." And then I have to run into my office and write it down. One morning, my students gave me seven story ideas for Polliwog Pond. In one morning! It comes from the life of a preschool teacher.”
To write an effective children’s book for this age group, Wade says you have to have a concept you know will relate to children. You also have to be very concise; a children's book, must have a beginning, middle and end and you have to get it all within 500 to 1000 words.
“It needs to have an engaging story,” says Wade. “If you're going to teach a lesson, you need to have a story that will suck them in. If you can do that, they will learn the lessons without even realizing they’ve learned something.”
According to Wade, one of the big pushes today is to get young girls interested in science, technology, engineering, and math.
“I also wanted to have books that had the girl as the hero and I wanted to write books that promote STEM in story form,” says Wade. “The Lily stories are all about perseverance. Lily's a little girl who wants to be an inventor. In every one of the Lily stories, it goes marvelously wrong the first time. But she doesn't give up. It's about problem solving.”
“The Polliwog Pond books are about emotional intelligence,” says Wade. “I wanted modern-day fables that would teach children how to relate to each other. I want to instill character.
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Source: EIN Presswire