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Here is a list of free preschool worksheets pdf you can download and print from Planes & Balloons. You’ll find activities and worksheets that strengthen fine motor skills, early literacy and math skills, thinking and reasoning skills, focus and attention, and so much more.

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Pre-K to Kindergarten Summer packet pages

Pre-K to Kindergarten Review

Grab this book full of engaging activities to prepare your little one for kindergarten!

Or use them in your nursery or preschool lesson plans throughout the year.

Preschool Number worksheets

You can easily turn a bunch of these worksheets into a cute preschool workbook for teaching numbers!

Tracing the number 2 worksheet

Tracing the numbers 1-20

Four flashcards on one page to print - numbers 1 to 4

Number flashcards 1-20

Halloween counting worksheet numbers 1-10

Halloween counting 1-20

Butterfly and bee color by number worksheet

Spring color by number

Christmas number matching preschool worksheet

Christmas count and match

Preschool alphabet worksheets.

Check out these fun and educational alphabet activities for your preschoolers!

spot and dot letter worksheets

Spot and dot uppercase alphabet

Alphabet tracing worksheet all letters

Alphabet tracing worksheets printable

letter a tracing worksheet with a picture of ant to color

Tracing lowercase letters

winter alphabet

Hot chocolate letter matching

alphabet coloring book free pdf

Alphabet coloring book

Preschool shapes worksheets.

Free printable preschool learning materials free download pdf for your 3-4 year olds and 4-5 year old preschoolers!

Triangle shape do a dot printable worksheet

Do a dot shapes worksheets

matching shapes worksheets

Frog shapes cut and paste

My shape book front page with various shapes

My shape book free printablE

Tracing shapes worksheet

Free Printable Shapes Worksheets

Tracing shapes worksheets pdf

Tracing shapes worksheets

Nursery worksheets pdf.

Let your preschoolers practice visual discrimination with these fun same and different worksheets in your home or daycare!

Spring spot the difference worksheet - pictures of spring insect, flowers, and other clipart

Spring same and different

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Same and different worksheets for preschool

same and different worksheets

Visual discrimination practice

ocean same or different

Ocean same and different

cactus theme same or different worksheets

CActus same and different

Preschool tracing worksheets pdf.

Tracing is a great preschool pre-writing activity , especially when you need one quickly and without much prep work. There are many tracing activities for preschoolers here, including tracing shapes, horizontal and vertical lines, and tracing pictures.

tracing irregular lines worksheet - spring theme with bees, butterflies, and flowers

Tracing lines spring worksheets

fall pre writing tracing worksheets with pumkin, leaves and more

Tracing fall pictures for preschool

Valentine's day number tracing worksheet

Valentine’s Day number tracing

Alphabet tracing worksheets.

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Transportation tracing pages

Preschool cut and paste worksheets.

Preschool cut and paste worksheets to practice scissor skills and fine motor skills.

Cut and paste apple numbers 1-12 worksheet for preschool free printable

Cut and paste Apple Worksheets

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Cut and paste Easter eggs

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Cut and paste For preschool

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Cut and paste hearts

Halloween cut and paste Jack-o-lanterns worksheet


Preschool mazes printable.

These printable mazes will be a fun addition to your preschool playgroup activities.

Christmas tree maze worksheet

Christmas mazes

Backpack back to school maze for kids worksheet

Back to school mazes

Easter bunny maze worksheet

Easter mazes

mazes for preschoolers

Mazes for preschoolers

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Number mazes

Coloring is popular with little ones, especially if the coloring pages are in sync with their favorite topics such as bugs, cars, fall, Christmas, and more.

Happy Halloween coloring page

Preschool worksheet packet PDF

If you need a little bit of everything all in one printable, then these preschool packets pdf will help you out.

  • Farm animals worksheets for preschoolers
  • 4th of July worksheets for preschool
  • Free printable days of the week bundle
  • Halloween monster worksheets for preschoolers
  • Circle time calendar template
  • Berry picking learning pack
  • Silly socks preschool learning pack
  • Free printable Christmas worksheets for preschoolers
  • Summer worksheets for pre-k and kindergarten
  • Fall preschool worksheets packet
  • Dental health preschool worksheets packet
  • Preschool space activities learning binder
  • Spring preschool worksheets printable pack
  • Valentine’s Day preschool worksheets bundle
  • Thanksgiving worksheets for preschoolers

Free printable preschool worksheets pdf

Grade 2 ELA Activity Book

ELA Activity Book Grade 2 – OSBC

Open Schools BC

Categories: Age 6-9 years , All FKB Books , Beginner English , Children , Creative Commons , English Language , English Worksheets , Grade 1 to Grade 3 , Learning to Write , Non-Fiction , Open Educational Resources , Open School BC

This ELA activity book is suitable for Grade 2 English First Language students and can be used for developing grammar in English Second Language students who have already developed an understanding of the language. The book contains 29 different grammar activities, each one of the 29 topics contains a Guided Practice (“GP”) exercise and an …

Grade 1 ELA Activity Book

Grade 1 ELA Activity Book – OSBC

Open School BC

Categories: Age 2-5 Years , Age 6-9 years , All FKB Books , Beginner English , Children , Creative Commons , English Language , English Worksheets , Grade 1 to Grade 3 , Learning to Write , Non-Fiction , Open Educational Resources , Open School BC

This is a Grade 1 ELA Activity book for learning grammar. The activities include ordering words in a sentence, forming questions, suffixes “ing” and “ed”, plurals, contractions, compound words, a and an, ownership, and alphabet order. This is a great activity book for school or homeschool use, or for extra homework to improve skills at …

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Similar Words Reading List

Categories: Dyslexic Font , Files , Learning to Read , Learning to Write

Similar Words Reading List – How frustrating is it to try to remember there, their, hare, hear, and here. This file provides 3 pages of word tables that will help children learn similar patterns in English words, to help spelling and sounding out skills.     See more books perfect for children learning to read …

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Spelling and Writing Workbook 2 Grade 1 – Editable Workbook

Danielle Bruckert

Categories: Editable Files , English Language , Files , Learning to Read , Learning to Write

Spelling and Writing Workbook 2 Grade 1 – Editable Workbook – This is the editable version of the Sight Words Book on our main home page, here: This common words spelling and writing workbook is the second in a series of 3. Author: Danielle Bruckert Links to all books in the series: Spelling and …

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Writing Worksheets – Editable Version

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FREE Pre-Writing & Tracing Sheets for Kids

FREE printable pre-writing and tracing sheets for toddlers, preschool and kindergarten kids to practice tracing lines and letters!

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Letter & number tracing printables:, name & word tracing printables:.

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Viviana is a blogging mom to a toddler, a preschooler, and a kindergartner, sharing ideas and resources for early education. She specializes in unique, hands-on printable activities that are educational, fun and inspire creativity in young minds.


The back to school tracing will be just perfect for my students who are just starting. Thank you!!!!

I wonder where the bitten to get the free printable 30 pages is? I’ve scanned through the whole page-if I click on the picture it just enlarges it.



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350+ Free Handwriting Worksheets for Kids

Helping a child learn to write is a lot of fun. There are a few things you can do to help your student learn to write.

First, make sure you help your child hold their pencil correctly. We have a fun Alligator trick that works well and children love for helping a child hold their pencil correctly.

Next, make sure you help the child know where to start forming the letters. We always start the letter at the top and pull down. It is not good enough to let your student practice, practice, practice. Make sure when they are practicing writing that they are practicing writing well. When you write/form a letter correctly, you are able to write faster later (when you are better at writing).

Help your child have proper spacing on the paper between letters and words.  One fun trick is to have a “spaceman”/wooden ‘Popsicle’ stick to place between words, or a student can use a finger, OR, a cheerio.  Soon your student will know how to space words well.

You can make handwriting practice fun by giving children colored pencils to write with.  Write a rainbow!  Drawing is a great way to practice handwriting.  Yes, you still have to practice letter formation, but, pencil grip is part of the battle.  Make sure you child is holding their pencil correctly and then have them draw!

Also, if you have tracing sheets, have your student use a highlighter and trace over the letters.  My students always like this.  To help you help your students practice writing, I have included some free printable handwriting worksheets below .  Hope you find what you need!  A great way to start teaching handwriting is to first start teaching the child how to write his/her own name!  

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Handwriting for  Kids – Free Handwriting Practice Pages

The links below contains the ENTIRE alphabet handwriting pages:

Free Handwriting Practice Worksheets (lower case letters, dotted trace) 1 Handwriting Practice for Kids (lower case letters, dotted trace) 2 Preschool Handwriting Practice (lower case letters, dotted trace) 3 Free Handwriting Sheets (lower case letters, without trace) Free Printable Handwriting Worksheets (upper case letters, without trace) 1 Printable Handwriting Pages (upper case letters, without trace) 2 Printable Handwriting Worksheets for Kids (upper case letters, dotted trace) 1 Kids Handwriting Worksheets (upper case letters, dotted trace) 2 Handwriting Practice Printables  (upper and lower case letters, without trace) 1 Preschool Handwriting Worksheets (upper and lower case letters, without trace) 2 Handwriting Printable Worksheets (upper and lower case letters, cut and paste, case recognition) Handwriting Worksheets for Kids  (upper and lower case letters, dotted trace) Printable Handwriting Worksheets for Kids (tracing, writing, sign language)

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Practice Writing children worksheets for Preschool

Preschool kids are more than ready to start writing their ABCs, and our preschool writing worksheets are designed with their needs in mind. The colorful pictures are sure to hold your young child’s attention, and the activities are simple enough for kids to complete on their own with little to no assistance in these writing worksheets for preschoolers . Boost your child’s confidence in different learning areas with our printable PDFs, and be sure to encourage them every time they complete an activity.

Tracing Winter Words: Christmas Tree

Christmas Tree Tracing Winter Words Worksheet

Tracing Winter Words : Snowflake

Snowflake Tracing Winter Words Worksheet

Spacing Quiz Worksheet

Spacing Quiz Worksheet

Spelling PDF Worksheets: A Zip, a Pig and an Ox

A Zip, a Pig and an Ox Spelling Worksheet

Letter Spacing Practice Worksheet

Letter Spacing Practice Worksheet

Book Bingo Worksheet

Book Bingo Worksheet

Spelling PDF Worksheets: A Pup, a Cap and a Pea

A Pup, a Cap and a Pea Spelling Worksheet

Handwriting PDF Worksheets | Tracing Color Words | Yellow

Yellow Tracing Color Words Worksheet

Spelling PDF Worksheets: A Pen, a Hen and a Fox

A Pen, a Hen and a Fox Spelling Worksheet

Tracing Winter Words : Snowman

Snowman Tracing Winter Words Worksheet

End punctuation worksheet: At the Zoo

End Punctuation: At the Zoo Worksheet

Spelling PDF Worksheets: The Sun and a Bee

The Sun and a Bee Spelling Worksheet

Learn Spaces with Aliens Worksheet

Learn Spaces with Aliens Worksheet

Handwriting PDF Worksheets | Tracing Color Words | Pink

Pink Tracing Color Words Worksheet

Handwriting PDF Worksheets | Tracing Color Words | Red

Red Tracing Color Words Printable

Read from Left to Right: Hats and Spiders Worksheet

Read from Left to Right: Hats and Spiders Worksheet

Tracing and Spacing: Assessment 2 Worksheet

Tracing and Spacing: Assessment 2 Worksheet

Worksheet: Learning Syllables

Learning Syllables Word Structure Worksheet

Word structure worksheet: syllables

Finding Syllables Word Structure Worksheet

Prickly Nature Printable Worksheet

Prickly Nature Worksheet

Printable maze worksheet: syllables

Maze Syllables Word Structure Worksheet

Punctuation worksheet: Question or Statement

Basic Punctuation: Question or Statement Printable

Funny Worksheet Sight Words Worksheet

Funny Worksheet Sight Words Worksheet

Handwriting PDF Worksheets | Tracing Color Words | Grey

Grey Tracing Color Words Worksheet

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The Benefits of Using Writing Worksheets for Preschoolers

Writing worksheets are a great tool to help your preschooler on their journey to being an excellent writer. Writing worksheets can help ensure that your child is learning the basics of writing at a young age. By using them, your child can practice writing letters, words, and small sentences from an early age, helping to increase their knowledge and skills with writing.

Writing worksheets will let your child explore their creative side, through pens, pencils, and markers. By providing them the opportunity to draw, color and use different shapes, they can start to understand the fundamentals of writing. Writing worksheets are also a great way to encourage your child to practice their fine motor skills, while also fostering visual-motor coordination. This will help to aid in your child’s strength and hand-eye coordination.

The worksheets that accompany nursery writing worksheets can be tailored to the age and ability of your child. They can be designed on an age-appropriate level, starting with preschoolers that may have the ability to write only letters, basic words, and phonics. Over time, these worksheets for preschool can become more complex, eventually allowing your preschooler to properly write sentences, paragraphs, and short stories.

In addition to their writing ability, writing worksheets can also help your preschooler to improve their reading ability. By having your child read through the words, phrases and sentences they are writing, they will not only gain better knowledge of reading, but also a better understanding of language, spelling, and grammar.

Writing worksheets also allow your child to express themselves in a creative manner that does not involve speaking. By using their imagination, they can create imaginative stories, letters, and lists, which can later help them to recognize patterns and increase their vocabulary.

Lastly, writing worksheets will help your young writer to gain a love of learning, with practice and dedication as they get better and better at writing. They are a great tool to help your preschooler on their way to becoming a better writer. With the right type of worksheet, your child will be able to have fun while also boosting their writing skills!

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Writing Practice For Kids

Is your child fond of writing? If so, then this is the right place for them to practice writing for their better learning experience. We all know the fact that writing helps in understanding the concepts better. Therefore, kids need to practice writing on a daily basis to improve their writing skills. You should encourage writing practice for kids so that they are able to interpret information in a systematic way. This can be achieved by providing fun writing practice sheets for kids. With the help of these sheets, they will be able to practice writing alphabets effectively. For outstanding results, conduct writing games for kids in order to improve their writing skills for better learning outcomes. 

Cursive writing practice sheets for kids are essential for their development of educational and fundamental skills. It motivates them to become good writers. We have writing practice worksheets for kids that enable them to develop fine motor skills. In kindergarten and preschool, cursive writing practice sheets for kids are made mandatory in order to improve their writing skills. There are also free cursive writing practice sheets for kids available online. Apart from this, letter writing practice for kids will help them to write alphabets legibly. Moreover, you can also explore literacy games for kids so that they can actively participate in learning activities. 

Printable Writing Practice Worksheets For Kids 

Here are a few writing practice sheets for kids to practice writing given below: 

Writing Practice For Kids: Practice writing along the dotted lines on the worksheet.

Practice writing on the worksheet: Writing practice for kids

Writing Practice For Kids: Identify and write the missing letters on the space provided. 

Write the missing letters on the worksheet: Free writing practice for kids

Writing Practice For Kids: Trace the letters mentioned on the worksheet. 

Practice writing alphabets on the worksheet: Free cursive writing practice for kids

Types Of Writing Practice Worksheets For Kids 

Below are some of the worksheets for writing practice for kids given below: 

Cursive Writing Practice Sheets For Kids 

In kindergarten, providing cursive writing practice sheets for kids enables them to write letters, words and sentences systematically. This makes them activate their brain with constant writing for better academic performance. Besides this, you can also download free cursive writing practice sheets for kids online. You can easily download multiple copies of  the sheets as your kids will be able to practice writing as many times as they want. Writing practice for kids boosts their reading and writing skills. To start with cursive writing, you should understand the importance of abc learning for kids. This understanding will enormously help in abc writing practice for kids. 

What are the things included in cursive writing practice sheets?

Some of the important things included in writing practice for kids are mentioned below:

  • Alphabets from A to Z 
  • Lowercase letters
  • Words and sentences

Letter Writing Practice For Kids

Kids at an early age should learn to recognize and write the letters accurately. It is important for them to build fundamental skills for their further development and studies. This helps them to read and write the content with fluency. Letter writing practice for kids boosts their confidence and motivates them to learn alphabets for better educational growth.The writing practice worksheet for kids includes letters in upper and lower case. Apart from this, kids can actively participate in letter recognition games for a better learning experience. 

How To Practice Letter Writing?

Some of the ways to practice letter writing are mentioned below: 

  • Take actively part in fun activities for learning and recognizing the letters. 
  • Use colors, sand, sounds, songs and flashcards to recognize letters. 
  • Practice writing letters using different types of worksheets. 

Tips For Writing Practice Sheets For Kids 

Some of the key factors essential for improving writing skills in kids are mentioned below:

  • Encourage kids to read on a regular basis.
  • Provide materials for kids to practice writing such as pencils and erasers. 
  • Conduct different writing activities that encourage kids to write. 
  • Provide writing worksheets where they can recognize alphabets and words.
  • Provide connect the dot lines worksheets through which kids can trace the lines and draw an alphabet. 
  • Motivate kids to practice writing even if they make mistakes. 
  • Download free writing practice worksheets for kids. 
  • Create interest among kids by using worksheets with different colorful themes and patterns. 
  • Provide a proper place for kids to practice writing. 
  • Allow kids to take their own time to think and write content. 
  • Encourage kids to ask questions in case of any doubts or clarifications. 
  • Listen to their ideas and thoughts while practicing writing. 
  • Appreciate your child whenever they write something. 
  • Teach them spellings and meanings of words that they find difficult to understand. 
  • Encourage them to practice writing so that they have scope to improve their writing skills. 

Benefits Of Writing Practice Sheets For Kids

Why do you think writing is so important? Well, it is an important form of communication through which you exchange ideas and opinions in a systematic way. Therefore, kids from an early age start learning to write in order to express themselves and exchange ideas with others. 

Writing practice sheets for kids will help them to work on their spellings, grammar, sentence structure, etc. Prior to this, abc writing practice for kids helps them in recognizing and reciting the alphabets in an effective way. It takes time to develop writing skills but eventually kids learn to write and communicate. Writing helps kids to strengthen their vocabulary skills by exploring words through practice. 

Besides reading and writing, learning spellings is equally important. Therefore, conducting spelling games for kids will help them in learning new words and eventually lead to better writing skills. 

To know further information, read related articles on Kindergarten Spelling Words and Alphabet Games for Kids here.

Frequently Asked Questions on Writing Practice For Kids

What are the different types of writing practice for kids.

The different types of Writing Practice For Kids are uppercase letters writing practice worksheets for kids, lowercase letters writing practice worksheets for kids, cursive writing practice worksheets for kids, etc.

How to engage kids in Writing Practice?

You can engage children in writing practice by the following ways such as motivate them to practice writing on a daily basis, ask them to gradually start writing 3 letter and 4 letter words and finally allow them to write small comprehensions.

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How To Teach A 3 Year Old To Write

I get a lot of emails from parents and teachers asking for advice about teaching, worried about children being behind their peers, and looking for ways to help them “catch up.” When I saw a query asking how to teach a 3-year-old to write, my heart sank. No 3 year old needs to be able to write. Some young preschoolers can write at 3, some 3-year-olds can read, some can ride a bike with no training wheels… but that doesn’t mean we should expect ALL three-year-olds to write, read or ride a bike without wobbly training wheels. What we should be doing is creating a strong foundation for the skills that will eventually lead to writing. This is how you teach a child to write. We can’t expect our students and children to be able to successfully learn skills like reading and writing if we don’t focus on the foundation. So these activities are how to teach kids to write.

How to teach a child to write? Start with a strong foundation.

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Activities To Build Hand Strength for Writing

The muscles in the hands need to be developed if we want kiddos to hold a writing tool for more than a few seconds. These activities are great for this development. When children have these skills more fully developed, they will be ready to write.

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Make Letters With Playdough – squish, squeeze and form letters with this fun playdough activity. This is a great 3 year old writing activity. It’s great for 4 and 5 year olds too.

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Glue Tracing Letters – squeezing glue bottles is hard and a great hand workout too.

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Playdough Bug Fossils – push the bug in and carefully peel it out. Your students won’t even know they are building handwriting skills with this playful activity.

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Clothespins are fantastic little tools that build hand strength, and these clip activities work on hand-eye coordination too!

Fine Motor Activities for Pre-Writers

Fine motor skills aren’t JUST for writing, but they are essential for it. Children can’t be expected to tackle handwriting if they have underdeveloped fine motor skills. Bonus these skills are also crucial for using utensils like forks and knives, buttoning their pants, and zipping up their jackets <– I am HERE for that!

bead tray

This bead tray is used ALL the time in my classroom, and it’s survived through many years of use too.

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Lego is a fun tool for building fine motor skills that doesn’t feel like “work” for children but gives their fine motor skills an enjoyable challenge. This Lego Roll and Build Game is my favorite, but Lego challenges are great too.

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Embellish playdough animals with small bits and bobs and build fine motor skills.

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Stickers are my favorite cheap material for fine motor skills building. This Sticker Station is so simple and totally perfect for preschool.

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Do you have a kitchen utensil holder with holes in it? This one is from IKEA and is a super useful fine motor tool for my preschool classroom. Get yours here with my affiliate link ( I make a small commission from sales) –> IKEA Utensil holder. 

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If you celebrate Christmas in your classroom, I love this Christmas lights activity .

Hand-Eye Coordination Activities for Preschool

A vital component for developing handwriting and other self-help skills is strong hand-eye coordination. Without this children won’t know where their hand is moving to, or to master directionality when making marks which will eventually become letters and numbers on paper.

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Playdough Kabobs – you don’t have to use sharp skewers for this hand-eye coordination activity, popsicle sticks work great too.

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Color matching while working on hand-eye coordination with this fun flower activity. 

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Using feathers is a fun sensory addition to this hand-eye coordination activity. 

Vertical Activities To Build Arm Strength

The most uncomplicated vertical activity for children to build arm and shoulder strength for muscle development is paper on the wall, chalk at an easel, even a whiteboard with dry-erase markers. If you are looking for something a little different, here are some of my favorite mural activities for kids. Yes, these are all writing activities for three year olds, even if it’s not what writing activities would look like for you or I.

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This Sticky Easel is rad for helping children to develop the shoulder strength needed for writing.

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My students love this sheep activity , and they don’t even know that they are working on skills that will help them write someday.

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Button Mural – this is fantastic for fine motor as well as arm/shoulder strength!

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Explore all kinds of skills and build arm strength simultaneously with these fun mural ideas .

How Do You Make A Great Writing Center?

When your students are interested in making marks on paper, chalkboards, and more, it’s time for a writing center.

ideas for writing centers in preschool

Are your students having fun making marks on paper? Then they are ready for an engaging writing center. Check out my tips for a rad writing center. 

Looking for more great preschool activities?

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  • Over 170 simple preschool activities that use everyday materials. You don’t need to invest a lot of money to teach your child at home.
  • Activities are short, with minimal prep, so you can fit some learning into your busy day.
  • The book is organized into nine categories of learning; literacy, math, science, sensory, art, fine motor, gross motor, social-emotional, and bedtime reading tips.
  • Everyday Preschool activity book was created using various state standards for PreK and has tips for making activities easier or harder to fit your child.
  • An Appendix filled with an extensive book list links to free printables, song lyrics, nursery rhymes, my favorite playdough recipe, and more.


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Akua A Tutu says

November 19, 2019 at 9:03 pm

Very great resource.

Spartan Kids says

November 29, 2019 at 3:47 am

Good Artical

Rebecca says

June 14, 2020 at 1:08 am

Thank you these are fantastic ideas.

October 14, 2020 at 2:18 pm

Oh my goodness I would have never thought of these ideas thank you so much.

October 5, 2020 at 9:29 pm

Thank you for all of this information. You have helped me so much in preparing my son. I especially love the focus on preparation rather than pushing.

Aleskha says

October 7, 2020 at 8:52 pm

This is the first article I have read that didn’t make me feel like a terrible mother. Thank you for allowing me to keep my sanity. My baby girl will love these ideas!

Readwki says

December 3, 2020 at 5:43 am

Thank you for sharing. What about children reading and kids reading programs like children learning reading?

Shannon N Powell says

December 3, 2020 at 5:46 pm

These are amazing! thank you!

Angela says

March 10, 2021 at 11:35 am

As a pediatric occupational therapist, I have to say that MY heart sank a little when I saw this link for “How to Teach a 3 Year Old to Write”. Whew…I was scared to click, but was pleasantly surprised that it was NOT what I thought it was. You have hit the nail on the head!!! All of these things ARE teaching those little ones how to write. There are so many skills that are required for handwriting that are bypassed when we just stick a pencil in hands that are not ready for one. Most of the time this leads to poor habits that are difficult, if not impossible, to correct. Thank you for these wonderful, developmentally appropriate activities that will work on skills needed for writing! Great post!

Allison McDonald says

April 12, 2021 at 10:45 am

So sorry this took me so long to reply – and for the click bait, but so many people were using these search terms to find my site, I needed to make sure they got the right info!

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August 31, 2022 at 4:13 am

Thank you so much for these ideas! I like the sticky sheep the most. The sheep is really cute and I think the kids will love it, too.

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Welcome to our wonderful world of children’s books! Here you’ll find a wide variety of stories and adventures that will dazzle the little ones and foster their love for reading.

Our goal is to offer free, high-quality children’s book downloads, so that there is always a good story in your children’s lives. Our selection of children’s books covers many themes, ensuring there’s always something new and interesting to explore.

In addition, we take pride in providing educational and entertaining materials that will help children develop reading and comprehension skills while having fun diving into magical and fantastic worlds.

We’ve organized our children’s books into different categories and genres, so you can easily find the perfect book for each little reader.

Dive into our collection of free children’s books and start sharing unforgettable reading moments with your little ones.

1) Animal Coloring Books

Animal Coloring Books

It is a fortune that most children like to color, is a very profitable activity that brings many benefits.  Drawing , coloring and painting are ways for children to express themselves through  art . It helps them to develop many skills in addition to finding a healthy and different vehicle of communication.

Usually these types of activities are left to the school, but nothing is more wrong. At home, children should be allowed to express themselves through colors and shapes.

Besides being a way to express themselves and transmit emotions and ideas,  coloring  brings several benefits in the development of the child that are interesting to know. It develops the imagination, promotes concentration, strengthens fine motor skills, allows relaxation and provides entertainment and fun.

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2) Bedtime Stories for Children

Bedtime Stories for Children

Discover a magical collection of children’s stories specially designed to accompany kids in their sweet dreams.

These bedtime stories are the perfect ingredient to create a relaxing bedtime routine, transporting little ones to a world of fantasy and tranquility.

With endearing characters, captivating plots, and comforting messages, these stories are the key to immersing children in a deep and restful sleep.

3) Books for Babies

Books for Babies

Human beings have the capacity to interpret reality from the time they are babies. You don’t have to wait for your children to talk or go to school to start teaching them the habit of reading.

When a baby listens to the voice of his/her mom or dad, it creates an important emotional connection and security that impacts his/her development. Reading stories or poems to your baby strengthens the bond and helps your child get used to understanding reality through familiar voices.

Keep in mind that your baby is already a thinking being and is evolving rapidly every day. Early stimulation is extremely important, even to prevent or improve future conditions such as learning disabilities, language problems or autism.

4) Books on Reading and Writing

Books on Reading and Writing

Interpretive reading and writing is a capacity and ability that we should all have. This is possible through the technique of deciphering a word or text, through the graphic transcription of oral language, using cognitive, sensory and motor skills.

It is a learning process on which educators will place special emphasis during early childhood education. Through interpretive reading and writing, the individual will be able to orient and structure their thoughts in relation to a written document in a given language.

Currently, the most commonly used methods are: syllabic, global and mixed. In the past, other syllabic methods were used, using syllabic books or notebooks that tried to make letters and form words. Nowadays, linguistic elements are taken into account, the relationship between the object and the words, so that the child gives a meaning to those letters or words and relates them to real life objects.

5) Books to Learn to Read

Books to Learn to Read

Reading books aloud is one of the best ways you can help your child  learn to read . This activity can also be fun for you. The more enthusiasm you show in reading a book, the more your child will enjoy it. The most important thing to remember is to let your child follow his or her own pace and have fun with what they are doing.

Books for learning to read are a good way to speed up your child’s learning. Keep in mind that games will encourage and entertain him/her, and that he/she will unconsciously take big steps in reading.

Patience should accompany you, as it is a long and exciting process in which you will have an important role. As a parent, you will need a little creativity and a lot of time to spend with your little one.

6) Books with Pictograms

Books with Pictograms

As a highly effective and delightful didactic strategy for children, free books with pictograms in PDF format emerged, which we are bringing to you in this section.

The first pictograms were the precursors of the writing system we know today, and they have endured over time as a mechanism to convey a clear and precise message through an image.

It is these images that are used in the texts we are sharing with you today, aimed at children, with the intention of conveying information to them in the best way possible.

7) Children's Books

Children's Books

In our children’s books section, you will find an exciting collection of readings designed especially for young readers.

From short and fun books to educational materials for preschoolers and thrilling reads for children aged 8 to 14, our selection covers a wide variety of topics and age ranges.

Our goal is to foster a love for reading, imagination, and learning through captivating stories and interactive activities.

8) Children's Story Books

Children's Story Books

Children’s stories  are tales or narratives, usually fictional in nature, whose purpose is varied, since some are merely informative, others have a ludic (playful) sense and others have a didactic purpose.

In today’s world, where there have been notable advances in the study of human behavior, children’s stories play an important role in pedagogical and cognitive development.

At present, children’s stories are catalogued as a reinforcement tool for the individual integration to the processes of society, and as a support for the teaching of values, all of this in full agreement with the processes of elementary education in force.

9) Christmas Stories

Christmas Stories

Christmas is a very special time of year. For children, it’s a magical season, and for adults, it’s a time to reminisce and rediscover that childlike spirit that stays hidden the rest of the year.

The tales, stories, and legends of Christmas are countless. They are stories that make you dream of the magical days of Christmas, filled with gifts and special moments with family.

Here, we have gathered a selection of the best Christmas Stories for children so that you can enjoy the holiday spirit without needing to pay or register.

10) Craft Books

Craft Books

If you are looking for the best way to interact with your children while they develop their skills and learn new ways of doing things, you can read our free craft books in PDF format, specially created for the little ones.

Manual activities contribute enormously to the integral development of children, to improve their education and to know new formats and possibilities, which helps to increase their imagination and creativity.

By putting into practice the tasks or activities shown in the texts that we share with you, you contribute to the motor development of children; without a doubt, crafts are positive and beneficial for children.

11) Dinosaurs Books

Dinosaurs Books

If you are looking for a way to stimulate reading and study in your children, dinosaurs can help you a lot. Is there anything that arouses more curiosity in a child than a dinosaur? It seems incredible that some giant reptiles have inhabited the Earth and have suddenly become extinct.

In order for a child to read, we must turn to topics that interest him or her. Most children are attracted to this prehistoric animal that dominated our planet, for a reason museums have been created with the sole purpose of showing the history of these fascinating creatures.

Through fun books for them they can learn concepts such as fossils, excavation, extinction, among others. Similarly, know the types of  dinosaurs , their characteristics, how they behaved and what types of ecosystems they lived in.

12) Dragon Books

Dragon Books

The dragon is known as the snake-like animal, with lion’s claws and eagle’s wings, which shoots fire from its mouth. The dragon is present in the mythology of several cultures, such as Chinese and European, with different symbolism.

This character not only captures the attention of adults, but also becomes something incredible and fantastic for the little ones. The imagination of children with these characters flies to a world of adventures, heroes, bravery, magic… becoming one of their favorite stories.

Whether the dragon is the villain to be faced and becomes a challenge for children, or the dragon is a friend who teaches them values, no matter the presentation of the character, these tales or stories will always guarantee fun and adventures to discover.

13) Fairies Books

Fairies Books

A fairy is a fantastic creature attributed with magical abilities. Fairies are usually depicted as beautiful women with butterfly wings.

What usually characterizes fairy tales is the fact that they often feature a constant struggle between good and evil, and the protagonists are accompanied by characters from the supernatural, as well as from a plane outside the parameters of reality.

With fairy tales , children nurture their fantasy world, as magical thinking plays an important role in children. However, beyond children’s stories, we find in these tales other elements that also interest adults: the yearning for freedom, the search for happiness and the need for daydreaming.

14) Ghost Books

Ghost Books

Immerse yourself in a world of thrilling suspense and mystery with our collection of Ghost Books ! These captivating children’s books will transport you to supernatural adventures filled with fascinating characters and unexpected twists.

From ghostly friendships to brave heroes facing paranormal challenges, our books offer a unique and entertaining reading experience for young readers.

Download more than 5 ghost books in PDF format for free and let your imagination soar in these exciting stories.

15) Mermaid Books

Mermaid Books

Welcome to the magical world of mermaids with our collection of mermaid books! Dive into the depths of the ocean and discover charming stories and exciting activities starring these fascinating creatures.

Our children’s book section offers much more than just tales; you will also find coloring books and interactive activities that will stimulate children’s creativity.

In our collection of mermaid books , little ones can let their imagination run wild and immerse themselves in an underwater world full of adventures and magic.

16) Nursery Rhymes and Songs Books

Nursery Rhymes and Songs Books

On this occasion we bring you a series of nursery  rhymes  and  songs  so that you can share them with the little ones in your family and have fun with each one of them.

From the moment they are in the mother’s womb, babies already perceive sounds that will later be significant in their lives. For example, the voice of their mom and dad. Although not consciously, they already perceive the rhythm and melody of the voices, the music and even the combination of environmental sounds, a whole orchestra framing their stay in the womb.

The love for reading is something that is tried to promote since the children are very young so that they can easily get into a habit that will leave them a lot throughout their lives. With songs and rhymes we can make the process of learning to read much more fluid and exciting, it is just a matter of putting effort and our imagination to fly.

17) Pirate Books

Pirate Books

Embark on an exciting pirate adventure with our collection of pirate books! Immerse yourself in a world filled with hidden treasures, courageous sailors, and epic battles on the high seas.

Our selection includes not only captivating tales and stories but also coloring books and interactive activities that will keep children entertained for hours.

Pirate books offer a fascinating and educational reading experience for young adventurers.

18) Riddle Books

Riddle Books

If you want to have fun in an enjoyable, entertaining, and educational way with your children and loved ones, you can explore our collection of free riddle books in PDF format.

Textual riddles often include clues that help or guide you to guess the correct answer. They also incorporate an educational component, aiming for young ones to learn about traditions, animals, plants, and more.

Have a blast while learning alongside your children with the help of the texts we share in this section. It’s a delightful collection of books for guessing objects, fruits, and many other things.

19) Short Stories for Children

Short Stories for Children

Reading bedtime stories to the little ones is one of the oldest family traditions in the world, and everything indicates that this will not change in the future. One of the main reasons is that short stories represent an excellent opportunity to strengthen the relationship between parents and children.

In addition, short stories keep children focused. Due to the child’s cognitive immaturity, long stories are often less easy to remember and, as a result, they quickly lose concentration. It has been scientifically proven that children’s short stories promote their psychological development.

Thanks to these stories, children can also improve their vocabulary and language, stimulate creativity and receive positive values from an early age. If we take into account that 80% of the brain develops during the first five years of life, children can find in stories a great ally for the future.

20) Unicorn Books

Unicorn Books

Welcome to the magical world of unicorns with our collection of unicorn books! Dive into a universe full of color, fantasy, and fun with our free books in PDF format.

In our Unicorn Books section, you will find a variety of options that go beyond tales and stories.

We also offer coloring books and interactive activities that will allow children to explore their creativity and immerse themselves in the fascinating world of unicorns.

21) Uppercase Books

Uppercase Books

Over time and with the advancement of educational methodologies, countless texts have been created to provide ideal tools for shaping young children, such as uppercase books.

A thorough and comprehensive understanding of writing and reading rules should be facilitated to boys and girls in the best possible way, so that they can properly master spelling resources, such as uppercase letters.

Everything related to the usage, meaning, and purpose of capital letters can be explored in our uppercase books, which you can share with your little ones.

22) Workbooks to Learn to Read

Workbooks to Learn to Read

It has been scientifically proven that reading at an early age can bring countless benefits to individuals. From cultivating a broad and vast lexicon, to considerably improving their creativity and ingenuity. In fact, important studies have shown that reading is one of the best exercises to develop, maintain and care for our mind.

Moreover, the beautiful stories that books can bring to children can make them see the world in a better way, while opening their minds to new knowledge. A person’s culture is also based on the books they have enjoyed and the lessons they have been taught.

In short, when your child learns to read, they are acquiring a powerful tool for their formation as a person.

23) Spanish Books for Kids

Spanish Books for Kids

Discover a world full of fun and learning with our collection of Spanish books for children! These free books are the perfect way to immerse yourself in Spanish while exploring exciting stories and endearing characters.

Our collection has been specially curated for children who are starting to learn Spanish. The books feature simple vocabulary and structures, making it easy to understand and learn the language.

From classic tales to interactive books, each story is designed to capture the attention of little ones and help them develop their Spanish skills in a fun and stimulating way.

24) French Books for Children

French Books for Children

Immerse yourself in a fascinating world of adventure and learning with our selection of 20 French books for children. These books offer a unique opportunity for your little ones to immerse themselves in the French language from an early age, while developing their love of reading.

From classic tales to contemporary stories, our collection covers a wide variety of genres and themes, adapted to different ages and skill levels.

From the comfort of your home, you can take your children on a journey of discovery and adventure through the pages of these captivating books. Explore our collection and open the doors to a world of knowledge and fun for your little ones!

25) Portuguese Books for Children

Portuguese Books for Children

Children’s reading in Portuguese offers great benefits for the development of the little ones. Beyond entertainment, it allows them to improve their vocabulary, grammar, and ability to concentrate pleasantly and naturally.

The books, properly selected according to their age and language level, introduce them to new words and structures through stories that capture their attention. They also introduce them to various topics and allow them to expand their knowledge of the world around them.

It stimulates their creativity, imagination, and interest in learning. Thanks to this selection of 20 books in Portuguese for children , young children, and beginners alike will be able to immerse themselves in the adventures of their favorite characters.

26) Children's Novels

Children's Novels

Novels for children are those whose content is aimed at the child reader. These texts are those that society has determined as suitable for children to read, understand and enjoy.

Novels for children can be considered as creativity expressed in written form and with some artistic touches. This genre also includes stories or narratives with stereotypical characters to represent a social environment.

Countless works belong to this type of novel, so you can provide a sea of literary alternatives for your children.

27) Children's Horror Books

Children's Horror Books

Because fear and terror are not just a matter for adults, we have created a collection of children’s horror books for everyone at home to enjoy.

Several of the classic horror books are considered suitable for reading to the youngest members of the family, as they are stories with the element of fear and intrigue; some of them are even short readings.

We invite you to review our list and choose the stories that may be more in line with your child’s age and maturity to face fears.

28) Cookbooks for Children

Cookbooks for Children

For children, the kitchen is a great space for sensory experimentation, meaningful reality-based learning and a place for bonding. Involving them in food preparation helps them to internalize good eating and hygiene habits, as well as safety rules, from a very early age.

In fact, the age and time will come when children themselves will feel the curiosity and desire to help in the kitchen, in the preparation of a meal. Therefore, it is an opportunity for parents to make this an activity that integrates the family in a fun way.

Among its benefits we can mention: the development of manual dexterity, the development of communication and socialization skills, stimulates their senses, motivates them to pick up and clean, they dare to try new foods.

29) Philosophy Books for Children

Philosophy Books for Children

Philosophy, which plays a fundamental role in the formation of committed citizens and with their own judgment, has traditionally been considered a subject too abstract and obtuse for children; it was thought to be a form of knowledge suitable only for the fully developed minds of adults. 

However, in the opinion of numerous experts, children not only can philosophize, but should do so. Among them is Matthew Lipman , philosopher and creator of the Philosophy for Children project, who expressed the following “It is necessary to teach children to philosophize, so they will learn to think and will be able to build a better world, to be active and engaged citizens”.

The Philosophy for Children project and program appeared in the United States at the end of the 1960s and is based on the realization that it is not possible to achieve truly free and supportive societies if we do not have people capable of thinking for themselves within the framework of a supportive and cooperative discussion process.

30) Coloring Books

Coloring Books

The  coloring books  we offer on our site are not only for children, but there are books for all ages, so that everyone can have fun. We offer you a wide variety so that you can choose the ones you like best.

Books tell wonderful stories, with the difference that you can intervene, but adding color to what they tell us. They are also very helpful in the learning process because they activate the mind for creative thinking.

Well, here ends our selection with the best Children’s Books. We hope you liked it!

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Free Printable Toddler and Preschool Activity Books

Busy Books are fun, self-contained activities that children can use to play and learn.

Below you’ll find lots of free Busy Books that follow several themes that are perfect for parents who want to help their child learn in an interactive way.

They’re also perfect for entertaining little ones if you need a few quiet minutes to get something done or if you’re going out to a restaurant.

It’s really easy to start using these Busy Books. Just click the link you want to download and print it off.


Busy Books are best printed in color and laminated as they will look better and last longer. 

They’ll also be wipeable which is always handy if a little one is using them!

Once you’ve put your Busy Book together your child can use it again and again which saves printing off individual sheets for them to use.

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To make your free busy book…

You will need:

  • Free printable Busy Book  (choose from pages below).
  • A laminator .


  • Click on the Busy Book you want and print in color (I’ve included American and British English spellings so just select the pages you want to print).
  • Follow cutting instructions on each page e.g. cut out cards, shapes, numbers.
  • Laminate pages and cards etc. and cut tidily again.
  • Add Velcro to each piece so that it can be fixed in position.

It’s that simple!

I like to store each page in an A4 wallet so that all the pieces are easy to find.

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1. free printable spring busy book.

This Free Printable Spring Busy Book is just beautiful.

It introduces some key features of Springtime to preschoolers with beautiful images and colorful activities ( US and UK versions available).

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There are counting activities, early reading activities, fine motor, ordering and matching games.

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Click here to print the full Spring Busy Book.

2. Free Printable Ocean Busy Book

We love the seaside so I had to make a Busy Book that’s full of ocean related activities.

Print this free ocean busy book here.

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3. Alphabet Letter Jar Busy Book

This free busy book page is a fun way to reinforce letter recognition and begin matching corresponding sounds.


4. Pirate Busy Book

Have some fun with this Pirate Busy Book.  

Can your child fill the treasure chests with the correct number of sequins?

There’s also a page where they can transform a photo of themselves into a fearsome looking Captain!

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5. Transport Busy Book

This transport busy book focuses on number, colour and letter recognition.

It’s perfect for any little ones who love vehicles.

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How to Write a Children’s Book in 9 Easy Steps [2024]

How do you write children's books and get them published? You write a children’s book by choosing a target audience, incorporating captivating elements, and beautifully illustrating it. Children’s books may either be self-published or submitted to traditional publishers .

And this article can give you the other tools you need to write the next great children’s book that you may have been thinking about for years, but never thought you'd be able to write and share it with little ones.

What’s your reason for writing children’s books? For me, it’s that smile.

Many authors or aspiring writers dream of publishing a children’s book. Maybe you have an incredible idea that you can’t stop thinking about. Or perhaps you want to put to paper your little one’s favorite bedtime short story — the one you made up while snuggling together.

Whatever the reason, now is the time to check this dream off your bucket list.

And I'm here to help you do that.

I'm a multi-award winning & bestselling children’s book author and ghostwriter of more than 50 children’s books. And I founded a little thing called Children’s Book University®, which helps other authors create books like I have.

What follows is as much information as I could condense into a single article on how to write a children's book. Enjoy!

Writing and publishing your own children’s book is no longer super challenging to achieve, nor does it take all your life savings (like it might have 20 years ago).

Unless you’re a celebrity or have a large following already, self-publishing your children’s book is a great way to get your foot in the door, even if your ultimate goal is to eventually explore traditional publishing.

If you present a well-performing book and an established author platform, your chances of landing a publishing deal are much higher than if you simply submit a query or manuscript.

How much money can be made from writing a children's book? The answer to this question greatly depends on the subject of the children's book. That's why doing our research is so important, even before we start writing our children's book.

Even for children’s books, we need to validate our book idea .

  • How to Get to Know Your Audience
  • How to Choose the Right Format for Your Children's Book
  • How to Narrow Down Your Book Category
  • How to Name a Children's Book
  • How to Choose a Writing Style
  • The Most Important Elements of a Children's Book
  • How to Edit Your Children's Book
  • How to Illustrate Your Children's Book
  • How to Create a Book Dummy
  • How to Sell Your Children's Book
  • FAQs on Writing a Children's Book

Table of contents

  • Will parents want to buy this book?
  • Do you know the [basic] structure of a children’s book?
  • Can you explain your book concept before writing?
  • Writing a Children’s Book: Things to Avoid
  • How to Write a Children’s Book in 9 Steps
  • STEP 1. Choose the Format
  • Board Books
  • Picture Books
  • Chapter Books
  • Middle Grade
  • Young Adult
  • STEP 3. Choose a Title
  • STEP 4. Find a Writing Style
  • STEP 5. Incorporate Important Elements
  • STEP 6. Use Solid Characters
  • STEP 7. Make the Story Engaging
  • STEP 8. Proofread & Edit
  • 1. Choose Your Orientation
  • 2. Plan Your Image Sizing
  • 3. Create a Storyboard/Book Dummy
  • Text as Part of the Image
  • Text and Image Separate
  • 5. Choose an Illustrator
  • 6. Pay for Illustrations
  • 7. Obtain the Illustrations
  • 1. Should I copyright my children’s book?
  • 2. What should I not do when writing a children’s book?
  • 3. How do I convert my children’s book into an ebook?
  • 4. Should my children’s book have a subtitle?
  • 5. How do I write a children’s book description?
  • 6. What category should my children's book be in?
  • 7. What is the best cover design for my children's book?

Additionally, book series are generally doing very well with kids. Once little ones come to love a character, they often can't get enough of them and their parents continue buying the books. The Magic Tree House series by Mary Pope Osborne and The Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle are wonderful examples.

The roadmap below outlines what steps we’ll take to write and publish a children’s book:

Questions to Consider Before Writing a Children’s Book

For books marketed to younger audiences, you need to know that parents will want to buy this book. Children usually don’t spend the money to buy your story. Yes, make something entertaining for kids — but you need parents to buy your book first.

The primary purchaser of children’s books is between 30 and 44 years old. Females make up more than 70% of these buyers.

A few ways you could really get to better know your audience are:

  • Spend time with age groups you’re targeting and their parents/guardians (whether in real life or on social media)
  • Talk to parents and teachers
  • Give a survey to women within the target age range from your own social circles

Market research is also a huge tool to see what books parents are looking to buy their children. You'd be surprised at how much interest some themes get when compared to others. Take a look at this example here, showing the search volume for common children's book themes on Amazon:

Data provided by  Publisher Rocket

Right away, you should see that some topics get way more interest than others- and depending on your personal goals, you might want to avoid writing a book about a topic with low searches.

Side Note: We recently reviewed another great course on publishing children's books, read our review here .

When writing a children’s storybook, it’s really important to know the basic structure of a children’s book. There are lots of templates for writing a children’s book!

To learn more about children’s books and how to structure your writing for a younger audience, you could:

  • Study books that fall into your targeted age group. What is the general layout? What vocabulary is used?
  • Visit a bookstore or library and browse through the kids’ section to get a feel for this genre.
  • Search for age group trends and consumer trends in general via sites like Slideshare
  • Talk to experts in child psychology and learning to understand the unique needs of children at each age level.

Is there a template for writing a children’s book? Yes, there are many templates for writing a children’s book. Here are some of my favorites:

  • My own How to Write a Children’s Book Template (it’s free with lots of added resources)
  •’s Illustrated Children’s Book Template (not all are free, but very professionally done with lots of different choices)
  • Write Kids’ Books Free Microsoft Word children’s book template (for chapter books for slightly older kids )
  • Claire O’Brien’s Free Picture Book Scrivener Template (for everyone’s favorite book-writing software, Scrivener )
  • Used to Tech’s Free Editable Book Templates in Word (for Microsoft Word)

You should be able to explain your book concept to anyone in a single sentence and in fewer than 30 seconds.

To best explain your book concept to potential readers or traditional publishers, you should develop a logline that encapsulates the plot and the hook.

If you’re not concisely explaining your book’s concept, you might lose potential readers and publishers because it’s too confusing.

These 7 writing tips may help you avoid common issues when writing a children’s book:

  • Don’t confuse age categories. I will talk more about the different age ranges shortly, but in essence, board Books for 0- to 2-year-olds should not have long words or long sentences. Middle Grade books should not feature profanities, and Young Adult fiction should not contain many illustrations (if at all).
  • Avoid too many words in younger children’s literature. Picture books should never contain more than 800 words, including the front matter and back matter .
  • Don’t make the moral of your story too obvious . Kids can smell a lesson being taught, and they don’t like it. Instead, subtly weave lessons into the story and characters.
  • Avoid a bland title . Your title should interest potential buyers, clearly show what your story is about, and be easily searchable on Google and Amazon. Also, always use a subtitle to up your marketing game . Subtitles mean more keywords associated with your book.
  • Don’t write bland characters . Your main character should take an active role in the plot, making bold decisions that move the story forward. Also, colorful personalities play well with younger kids.
  • Avoid a slow start . Start your children’s book off with something exciting and suspenseful. Kids can lose interest if your story is slow, so be sure to hook your little reader from the very beginning.
  • Don’t skimp on an illustrator . This is where many aspiring children’s authors struggle a bit. You don’t have to spend a fortune, but because illustrations play such a big part in children’s books, it’s important to use high-quality work. l While Young Adult books won’t need illustrations any longer, they are a must for books up until Middle Grade books. Especially those for younger kids will need vibrant illustrations on nearly every page. Picture Books should emphasize images just as much as the text.

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You want to make a children’s book. Below is every resource you’re going to need.

Here is a step-by-step guide on how to write a children’s book:

  • Choose the format
  • Know your target category
  • Choose a title
  • Find a writing style
  • Incorporate important elements
  • Use solid characters
  • Make the story engaging
  • Proofread and edit
  • Illustrate your book

STEP 1 . Choose the Format

Should you publish an ebook or paperback? You should consider publishing your children’s book in both ebook format and paperback format.

Paperback is still the most popular format for children’s books. If you’re looking to sell your children’s book on Amazon or in brick-and-mortar stores , you should invest in a high-quality paperback format.

Ebooks are not a very popular medium for children’s books. However, children’s ebook usage is continuously increasing.

Most parents still prefer their kids to read print books, but the number of parents who prefer ebooks or who have no preference is growing.

Ebooks also come in handy during promotions and review requests. Giving away an ebook for review is a lot easier and more cost-effective.

With a little research, you can determine how well books are selling in your desired format. Here's an example of five competing paperback books on Amazon showing for the keyword “Children's Books About Puppies”, which should give you an idea of how well that format is performing. You can even see how many pages these books are, so you can calculate your estimated costs!

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It’s worth noting that a study out of the University of Michigan found that storytime with ebooks is not as effective . Compared with physical book storytime, parents spent more time talking about the technology, instead of the book’s content, during ebook storytime.

So physical children’s books won’t go away anytime soon.

STEP 2 . Know Your Target Category

To write a children’s book, you need to know your target category — that is, the age of your target audience.

When publishing on Amazon, you will be asked to list what ages your book is for. So it’s important to add the most appropriate age range. Otherwise you may receive lots of negative reviews from parents and other caregivers that thought your book to be unsuitable for their little ones.

Depending on the kids’ age reading your book, you will want to adjust the number of illustrations, word count , writing style, and more.

Most children’s books fall into one of these 5 categories:

  • Board books
  • Picture books
  • Chapter books
  • Middle grade chapter books
  • Young Adult books

Below is a table to show average statistics for the most common types of children’s books:

Children's Book Categories

Short words and short sentences are critical for the youngest children, so readers don’t feel overwhelmed. Colorful illustrations and fun characters are more necessary in children’s books than in adult fiction. Where adults can mentally grapple with ambiguity, kids prefer resolved stories and answered questions.

Each stage of development in a child’s life requires a different story structure and book setup. Adapting to each stage and its cognitive ability is essential if we want our book to be meaningful, educational, and fun.

Board Books are considered the youngest category — including on Amazon’s marketplace. They are for kids aged 0 to 2.

A Board Book is printed on thick paperboard. Often, it contains all pictures or fewer than 100 words.

In most of these categories, but especially these Board Books, marketing to parents is probably more important than appealing to kids. Of course, you want your book to be fun and intriguing to children. But make sure you give parents what they’re looking for: a good message and subtle, effective education.

Picture Books are the next category of children’s books. They are for 3- to 5-year-olds.

Children’s picture books contain up to 400 words, but there should still be vibrant illustrations on every page.

Also called the “Early Readers” category, Chapter Books are just what they sound like — the first books that children will read with the story split up into chapters.

Though some children will be excited to start reading chapter books, others will be reluctant. The broad age range for basic Chapter Books is 6 to 10.

Middle Grade books are for children 8 to 12 — a step up from Chapter Books.

These books typically feature a protagonist aged 10 to 13, slightly older than the reader. They should contain no profane language, no violence, and no romance outside of a first kiss or an innocent crush.

Common themes include friendship, acceptance, good conquering evil, and the importance of family.

A Middle Grade book is longer than a Chapter Book but shorter than a YA book. It usually contains between 30,000 and 45,000 words.

Young Adult books are targeted towards readers aged 13 to 18. Abbreviated as YA, Young Adult is meant to appeal to teenagers, although it’s important to note that more than half of YA books sold are read by adults older than 18.

Some people also use “Young Adult” to mean a genre where the protagonist doesn’t fit in, the parents are absent, they live in a post-apocalyptic world, and a coming-of-age story takes center stage. These are tropes and don’t necessarily apply to every YA story, but you get the picture.

YA books won’t always be considered children’s books. But some traditional publishers may classify “Young Adult” as a children’s book category.

STEP 3 . Choose a Title

You need to choose a winning title for your children’s book. You could do this after it’s written, but having a title in mind may guide you in your writing. You can always improve and change the title after the story is written.

A creative title lets your story’s personality shine through. But you also want readers to actually find your book. This could be difficult if you don’t name your children’s book correctly.

Fortunately, Dave at Kindlepreneur wrote excellent articles on How to Title a Book and Book Title Generators . They will definitely help you craft that perfect title.

To title a children’s book, you need:

  • To grab a reader’s attention (or a parent’s attention)
  • To clearly tell what the story is about
  • An easily searchable title, hard to confuse for something else
  • Keywords that match what your audience is searching for

The book The Color Monster : A Story About Emotions is a great example:

  • It grabs your attention because kids usually don’t associate monsters with different moods.
  • It tells parents and kids that this story is about different monsters with different emotions.
  • It is one of the first results when you search “monster book for kids.”
  • It has the word “monster,” a very common search term for boy’s books.
  • The subtitle reads “A Story About Emotions,” and includes “emotions,” which is another common keyword parents look for in their children’s books.

Speaking of subtitles: It’s important to include a subtitle underneath your title. This helps the marketing of your book by including additional keywords that parents can search for.

As you can see, some kids book genres have decent money coming into them, with less competition. So, make sure you do your research beforehand and see what possible types of kids books you can create. One way you can quickly see the competition of a genre is checking out your book's Amazon categories, and seeing how many sales it takes per day to become a bestseller. That should give you a good idea of the competition in that genre.

For example, take a look at the competition difference here for several children's categories about specific animals. Many young children have a favorite, and making a high quality book in a lower competition category can help your book be discovered by readers.

By writing a quality book for a category with low competition, but significant interest, your children's book will stand out from the crowd. If you decide to target a high competition category, just know there are publishers and authors with high experience already in that space, and you will have to work harder to capture a customer's attention.

STEP 4 . Find a Writing Style

You need to find a writing style that fits the age group you are writing for, the associated word count, the story you’re telling, and your own preferences.

You may be an excellent writer, an engaging blogger, maybe even an already accomplished author of adult fiction or nonfiction. But when it comes to writing style for children, you have to adopt a new mindset and an appropriate writing style.

Here are some writing styles you should consider:

  • Rhyme: If you decide to write your book in rhyme, you need to make the rhyme very, very good. Make sure lines have the same syllable counts and rhythms. Don’t force bad rhymes or skip rhyming. Be consistent. (The Little Blue Truck and Llama Llama books are excellent examples.)
  • Past or Present Tense: Kids prefer books in the present tense, actively engaging them in the story. They’re experiencing it as it happens, rather than being removed from something that happened in the past. (Maisy books are a great present-tense example.).
  • First or Third Person: A third-person narrator’s voice may give you more freedom and flexibility. Children tend to prefer it to the first person. However, if it works with your theme to tell the story through a first-person narrator’s eyes, then make that choice.

There is no right or wrong approach; it’s merely a question of style. Once you have chosen your style, you will need to stick to it throughout the book.

STEP 5 . Incorporate Important Elements

When you write a children’s book, there are important elements that you need to incorporate, such as an appropriate theme, memorable characters , and relatable dialogue .

Your inspired story idea is only as strong as how you tell it. There’s a beginning, a middle, and an end. There are actions, scenes, and emotions. Be sure to be clear about your core message.

The 5 most important elements in a good children’s book:

  • Unforgettable characters: The best characters have strong personalities, make bold moves, and go after their dreams against all odds. Children fall in love with them and want to be like them. Children want to relate to the main character in some way. They also relate to kids that are just a bit older than them. Characters who remind kids of themselves are the most unforgettable.
  • Suspenseful action/hook: Beginning a children’s book with a suspenseful action or hook is an effective way to draw in young readers. Consistent action throughout your story is vital, as it will hold the reader’s attention. Chapter books, for example, usually end each chapter with a cliffhanger to ensure the reader keeps turning the pages.
  • Realistic dialogue: Children like to read stories that sound like they talk. Listen to conversations you hear around you; none of them will sound like the nicely flowing, full sentences you learned to write in school. Make sure you’re using age-appropriate language that kids will understand and relate to.
  • Good storyline: A good storyline means there are always obstacles and challenges for your characters, ever-escalating the action. Note that little ones like happy endings and answered questions. If your storyline lacks a happy ending, you risk upsetting the reader or leaving them dissatisfied.
  • The instant recall factor: You want your book’s character to remain in the minds of your little readers long after they’ve read your book. If kids ask to read it over and over again, you can consider your story a success.

While the sequence and rhythm of events are significant, keep in mind that not all stories have the same structure. There is no one formula because following a formula would rob stories of their true potential.

Yes, it’s crucial to have an intentional structure. But if it doesn’t fit perfectly, don’t force it.

STEP 6 . Use Solid Characters

You have to use solid characters in your children’s book. Interesting, unforgettable characters are a must, especially when helping kids recall your story and core message.

The best characters in children’s books…

  • are around the age of the child, if not a few years older
  • have colorful personalities
  • make bold choices that move the story along
  • speak as the readers speak (dialogue style)
  • have relatable wants and dreams

It's also important to research a character's surface level attributes before starting to write your book. Children will often ask their parents for a specific type of character such as a train, or a pig, or any other current interest they may have. For example, take a look at how much bestselling books earn for these character types, as well as the level of competition become a bestseller:

STEP 7 . Make the Story Engaging

You need to make the story engaging in your children’s book.

First, you need a good ending. Younger kids need a happy ending that satisfies them. You don’t want to make a kid cry because your story ended sadly. That doesn’t mean slightly more realistic conclusions are pointless, but your audience may struggle to understand complex topics.

Next, make sure your main character is making deliberate choices to move the story forward. If they aren’t making any decisions, they probably shouldn’t be the main character.

Any good story needs suspense, no matter your age category. Cliffhangers are a great way to engage your reader. In a younger book, a cliffhanger may be as simple as writing “Peek-a-” on one page, then “BOO!” on the next.

Here are some examples of suspenseful questions that different age ranges should ask throughout the story:

  • In your picture book , is the caterpillar going to achieve its dream of becoming a butterfly? Is the mama cow going to find its baby calf?
  • In middle grade books , is the girl going to get her first kiss? Is the boy going to convince his parents to let him get the big Nerf water gun?
  • In YA books , is the protagonist going to realize she’s beautiful and save the world?

STEP 8 . Proofread & Edit

When you finish your first draft, you need to proofread and edit your children’s books.

Check out Kindlepreneur’s useful article on the Best Proofreading Services You'll Ever Find .

You should wait to hire a professional editor until you have self-edited your book. But you need a pro to look at your work before publishing.

Editing is a valuable and necessary investment, particularly for anything longer than 600 words. A professional proofreader or a line editor can help with spelling and grammar. For chapter books and beyond, you may want to hire a developmental editor to look at the big picture.

A good editor is instrumental in making your book a success because poor spelling, grammar, and book structure will reflect poorly on you as a children’s book writer, leading to negative reviews and fewer sales.

Your book and its message might be fantastic, but too many errors will be noticed by your readers. They may voice their opinion in a review like this, which ultimately lowers your overall rating.

So if your book is more than 600-800 words long, you should send it off to a professional editor for proofing.

Yes, you can go over it yourself and let your significant other read through it. But letting an unbiased, independent professional look over it will make your manuscript as good as it can be.

To find a great editor, read Kindlepreneur’s handy article Selecting The Best Book Editor .

STEP 9 . Illustrate Your Book

When it comes to adding illustrations to your children’s book, there are three options you can choose from:

  • Do it yourself
  • Hire someone
  • Combination of both

The best option for you will depend on your budget, time, skill level, and trust you’re willing to put into someone else's interpretation of your story. Illustrating your book may take almost as much time as — if not more time than — actually writing the words of your children’s book. I’ve broken up the illustration process into 7 steps:

  • Choose your orientation
  • Plan your image sizing
  • Create a storyboard/book dummy
  • Combine text & illustration
  • Choose an illustrator
  • Pay for illustrations
  • Obtain your illustrations

When it comes to picture books, there are 3 orientations to choose from:

(This doesn’t apply to chapter books or books for older children. Those usually feature the classic 5½” x 8” format.)

You should choose your book’s orientation early on since it will inform virtually every decision about illustrations down the road.

This is not a hard and fast rule, but here are general reasons to choose each:

  • Vertical images are great for character-based books
  • Horizontal images are best for a journey-like story
  • Square images are excellent for instructional books

Whether you hire an illustrator or create the illustrations yourself, you’ll want to make sure you plan your image sizing correctly. This way, once you upload your artwork, everything runs smoothly.

Below are the most common sizes for children’s book images:

  • 5.5” x 8.5”
  • 6.14 x 9.21”
  • 8.5” x 8.5”

If you plan on having your images cover the entire page, make sure to add 0.125” to the top and bottom, as well as one side. This accounts for trimming (sections to be removed in printing).

Amazon offers handy templates to plan your image sizing. But remember that you’ll still have to add the bleed allowance yourself.

Here are great inches-to-pixels and pixels-to-inches converters. These help you know how large your image should be, depending on your selected trim size. Be sure to choose a DPI (dots per inch) of 300 when using the mentioned converter.

A storyboard or book dummy helps you decide what to include in each illustration and how the text will match up with the images.

This is meant to help you determine which illustrations you want to include, better informing your quest to find and hire an illustrator. This step is extra helpful if you are planning to create your illustrations yourself.

The storyboard creation process doesn’t have to be perfect. Be expressive, and have fun. In the end, you’ll probably create a few different versions, each being an improvement over the previous one. How to create a storyboard or book dummy:

  • Fold enough blank sheets of paper and staple the stack down the middle.
  • Print out your manuscript on a separate paper.
  • Cut and paste each block of text into the book dummy (folded paper).
  • Flip through each page, read your pasted text, and think of an illustration that would go nicely with that particular text.
  • Start sketching on the page of pasted text — or on the opposite page if that’s more helpful. Then you can visualize everything before you give your work to an illustrator.

4. Combine Text & Illustration

How you combine your text and illustrations is entirely up to you.

However, it's a crucial element on how to write a children's book. Whatever you choose, be consistent throughout.

There are two ways of combining text and illustrations:

  • Text as part of the image
  • Text and image separate

Having the text as part of the image makes your book format much more straightforward,, and looks consistent across all devices.

However, you decide to include the text in the image itself, this will have to be done by your illustrator. This method makes editing the text a bit harder — any changes or corrections have to be made within the image itself.

Below (left) is a page from my book The Garbage Trucks Are Here , and on the right is a page from my book A Gemstone Adventure .

The other option is to have the text and image separate. The text sits below or above the illustration or on a separate page.

Below is a double-page spread from my chapter book series, The Amulet Of Amser. It has an image on the left-hand page and the text on the right-hand page.

You can arrange this layout by yourself. You don't have to involve your illustrator.

I've started gathering individual authors and agencies into one big list to help with your search. Check them and their sites out below. Keep in mind that I haven't used these services myself.

Here’s a list of outsourcing sites and social media sites where you can choose an illustrator for your children’s book:

  • LinkedIn — artist and illustrator groups
  • Facebook — artist and illustrator groups
  • Goodreads groups
  • Children's Illustrators

These outsourcing sites provide you with reviews from the artist’s previous clients and may even include information about previous completion rates . Most importantly, these sites are cost-effective .

On most outsourcing sites, you’ll post your project (similar to a job offering), and children’s book illustrators will bid on it.

To get an idea of how much you should be offering, browse some of the platform’s current projects. Know that your bid sets a baseline only, as each illustrator will bid individually on your project if he or she is interested in working with you.

After the initial bidding process (usually a couple of days), you will have to go through each illustrator’s profile and portfolio to decide who would — or wouldn’t — be a great fit.

  • Here’s a helpful vetting process to see if an illustrator is a good fit:
  • Look at their profile and read through previous reviews.
  • View their portfolio to get a feel for their style.
  • Request a sample of their work to see how effectively they can turn your writing into illustrations and how well they follow instructions. View an example of such a request with this link .

You’ll need to pay for illustrations. An illustrator is more critical than an editor for picture books — the illustrations are what the reader will be most focused on.

To get a feel for acceptable prices for a project, browse websites to find postings for similar projects. Actual prices differ significantly from service provider to service provider and change drastically over time.

Payments are generally released based on milestones that you set, such as the completion of the storyboard. The milestone setup will depend on the scope of your project and the platform you are using to hire your illustrator.

The cost of your illustrator depends on multiple things:

  • Number of illustrations
  • Complexity of the artwork
  • Illustrator’s skill level and experience
  • Location of the illustrator
  • Delivery speed

Once you choose the best-fitting illustrator for your project and they’ve completed their work, you need to obtain the illustrations.

You want high-resolution images (300 dpi) with the proper sizing and the raw files of all images. This will enable you to make changes directly to your illustrations if need be.

A signed art release form is relevant if you decide to hire an illustrator directly . Any art attained via outsourcing sites should automatically make the illustrations your intellectual property.

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FAQs for Writing a Children’s Book

The answer to whether or not you should copyright your children’s book is entirely up to you. Just know that under U.S. copyright law, you already own your work the instant you write it down. However, you can protect your copyright by registering it with the US Copyright Office .

Read Kindlepreneur’s handy article written by a lawyer: How to Copyright a Book in the US

What should I not do when writing a children’s book?

You should try not to sound too preachy or instructional about your themes and morals. Kids are very perceptive. They smell an agenda miles away.

You should not leave a story unresolved or a question unanswered. Depending on the age group you’re writing your children’s book for, you need to provide a satisfying ending — particularly for smaller kids.

You should not break patterns. Children love a routine. The key to routines or patterns is to not break them. In your children's book, once we’ve established a pattern (rhyme, repeating phrase, character behavior, etc.), try your best to stick to it.

One of the easiest ways to convert your children’s book into an ebook is Amazon’s Kindle Kids’ Book Creator .

While I use other methods, I love working with and recommending this simple yet powerful tool. It’s FREE and helps you create an ebook version for your illustrated children’s book. You can import artwork, add text, and create Kindle Text Pop-Ups.

And the best part is that there’s no HTML/CSS knowledge required!

Yes, your children’s book should have a subtitle , mainly for marketing purposes.

As I share in my book How To Self-Publish A Children’s Book , making use of a subtitle can be very beneficial for connecting with potential readers.

Giving your children’s book a subtitle provides you with an additional opportunity to use keywords, key phrases, or synonyms that potential readers might be using when searching for a children’s book like yours.

Using a subtitle also allows for more creative freedom than with your actual title. So if your title itself doesn't fully communicate the topic of the book, you’ll have the subtitle as a backup.

Figure out what is trending in children's books using Publisher Rocket . Use this info to develop an effective subtitle.

Just type in a children's book idea , and you can quickly see how many people are searching for those books on Amazon, the average amount of money made by the top books, and even the competition:

As you can see, some kids’ book genres have decent money coming into them with less competition. Make sure you do your research beforehand and title/subtitle your children’s book accordingly.

You write a children’s book description (blurb) by looking at similar books’ descriptions. Pay special attention to length, word choice, and the style they are written in. That’s usually a great way to see what your audience expects and is used to.

Like books of other genres, your book description is fundamental to your children’s book’s success.

While your book cover and title help with your book’s discoverability and grabbing a potential buyer’s attention, your description is often the reason a reader decides to buy (or not to buy) your book.

To help you with your blurb format, be sure to check out Dave’s amazing Book Description Generator that takes care of all the text formatting for you.

Amazon has over 450 paperback and 260 eBook categories for children’s books. Your children’s book should be in the category that best describes your audience:

  • Board Book — 0-3 years old
  • Picture Book — 2-5 years old
  • Early Reader/Chapter Book — 6-10 years old
  • Middle Grade Chapter Book — 8-12 years old
  • Young Adult (Teen) Chapter Book — 12-18 years old

(These categories are how Amazon’s marketplace categorizes children’s books.)

During your children’s book setup, you may have noticed that not all children’s book categories are offered as an option. That’s because some of Amazon’s categories need to be unlocked before being selected.

However, if you set up your children’s book correctly by adding age ranges, you will be able to add your book quickly and easily to any of these hidden categories by following Dave’s steps in his article How To Choose the Best Book Categories . This is a game-changer for you and your children's book.

The best book cover design for your children’s book is one that entices potential readers, looks professional to parents, looks fun to kids, and communicates what your book is about.

To get the best cover design you can for your children’s book, follow this guide for making standout book covers . Then create a book mock-up for your book marketing efforts.

Now you know how to write a children’s book!

Follow this guide, and you’ll craft a beautiful story tailored toward your audience. And you’ll have the illustrations to make your children’s book eye-catching, and intriguing.

Children value creativity and individuality. There is no one way to draw. No one way to paint. No one way to write. It’s about being uniquely you, lending your unique voice to your unique story.

That’s why you shouldn’t be afraid of the way you write, and you draw because that’s what sets you apart. Diversity is important. Tell your story.

Check out my book, How To Self-Publish A Children’s Book – Everything You Need To Know To Write, Illustrate, Publish, And Market Your Paperback And Ebook .

It will teach you how to:

  • Format Your Paper & Ebook Versions of Your Book Step-by-Step
  • Publish Your Paperback and Ebook
  • Market Your Freshly Published Children’s Book

Writing a children’s book is one thing; writing a children’s book that sells is another. Check out Kindlepreneur’s video on How to Write a Children's Book: 8 EASY STEPS!

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Thanks so much for your kind words and for sharing, Caroleann!

Thank you for all of this great information. Does your article or website include how to reach out to publishers once you have your ‘prototype’ book?

Forever grateful,

Thanks so much for reaching out and for your question, Habiba! I mainly share information about publishing your children’s book independently. If you would like to try to reach out to traditional publisher, I would recommend the book “Children’s Writer’s & Illustrator’s Market ( ). They have a updated edition out about every year, so this would be a great way to start, as it includes publishing houses, agents, as well as a short section on how to write your query letter. As for any publishers that are not listed in this book, please be sure to do your due diligence when it comes to deciding whether or not to approach them. Hopefully, my quick article on how to find out whether or not a publisher is trustworthy right here is helpful as well: . I hope this helps, Habiba!

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No longer a toddler. Not quite a grade-schooler. What should they read?

some of the best books for 3-year-olds

Finding the best books for 3-year-olds is an adventure worthy of its own book. By the age of 3, toddlers can handle increasingly sophisticated books . They can follow more complex narratives and sit still for longer stories than they might have as 2-year-olds . In general, toddlers are ready to dive into stories that are more interactive and layered.

And most 3-year-olds will have stopped eating their books and started devouring stories instead, meaning parents of 3-year-olds can move away from board books and toward early picture books with narrative, heart, and humor. Though they’ll still love a simple book about concepts like colors, numbers, or farm animals. (And parents will appreciate a shorter book come bedtime .)

These 21 books for 3-year-olds contain silly, moving, and interactive stories that parents and toddlers will appreciate for years to come. Just be prepared to read them a thousand times.

The Best Books for 3-Year-Olds

Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth

Oliver Jeffers' beautifully illustrated ode to our home planet unfolds as a humorous and moving introduction to everything about Planet Earth, from our place in space to the amazingly varied composition of air, land and sea — as well as humanity. From wild animals to bustling ports, this book offers tons to explore for 3-year-olds and beyond.

The Wolf, the Duck and the Mouse

A mouse finds a new home inside the belly of a wolf. Barnett and Klassen have collaborated on a number of books, including the Caldecott Honor–winning ‘Sam and Dave Dig a Hole’ and the shape trilogy, ‘Triangle,’ ‘Square’ and ‘Circle.’ ‘The Wolf, the Duck & the Mouse’ is a modern fable that features a party in a wolf’s belly with candlesticks and top hats. What’s not to love?

Owl Babies

What happens when Mama owl up and disappears? The three baby owls huddle together and worry. If you have a little one starting preschool or daycare, this is a spot-on take on separation anxiety that is also fun and soothing to read.

Llama Llama Red Pajama

If you haven’t started on the Llama Llama oeuvre, now is a great time. These rhyming stories about bedtime worries, going to school alone and more help cover a gamut of Little Llama worries.

Room Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson

If your 2-year-old loved ‘The Gruffalo,’ try this fun rhymer from the same team about a kindly witch who makes room on her broom for a bevy of animals. When she’s threatened by a dragon, they find a way to return the favor.

Jon Klassen's Hat Box

Listen: This stuff is dark (as in, your-friendly-protagonists-may-get-eaten dark). But it’s also hilarious. If you have an off-kilter sense of humor and want your child to share it, say hello to Jon Klassen’s hat series: ‘I Want My Hat Back,’ ‘This Is Not My Hat’ and ‘We Found a Hat.’

Sofia Valdez, Future Prez

When someone tells you no, you just keep forging ahead. In this follow-up to favorites ‘Rosie Revere, Engineer’ and ‘Iggy Peck, Architect,’ Mexican-American Sofia Valdez is ready to take on a dangerous landfill. With Beaty’s spot-on rhymes, Roberts’ mod-cool art and empowering messages, the books in this series are little kid crowdpleasers.

A Stone Sat Still

A beautiful story about a rock that's meaningful to different creatures. This follow-up to Brendan Wenzel’s Caldecott-winning ‘They All Saw a Cat’ tells the story of an ordinary rock that is seen and used differently by different animals. It’s an exercise in perspective and awe.


This adorable snail hates carrots, until it tries one. This charming French snail just wants to get to a nice salad at the end of the book, and maybe persuade you that snails are lovable. This snail definitely is, and there’s nothing like hearing your 3-year-old say ‘Oooh La La.’

Wolfie the Bunny

Speaking of wolves (and who isn’t?), this book by Ame Dyckman is a hilarious take on the new sibling story. A bunny family adopts a wolf, and little Dot is the only one who notices that he could eat them all up. Fortunately, he doesn’t. (We’ll leave that to Klassen.)


You'll love this book where a boy throws an escalating pile of mayhem into a tree to get his lost kite. If you don’t know Oliver Jeffers from his art exhibits and coffee table book, you’re probably familiar with ‘The Day the Crayons Quit.’ Jeffers has oodles of lovable books for kids, but for sheer hilarity you can’t beat ‘Stuck.’

Press Here

This lovely book teaches kids about cause-and-effect in a simple and fun way. Three-year-olds love pushing, shaking and turning this innovative, interactive book by Herve Tullet. Press one dot and you never know what a page turn will show.

Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site

If your kid loves vehicles, he or she will love this book. Truck-obsessed toddlers will appreciate this rhyming, punny goodnight story about all their favorite trucks saying goodnight.

Even trucks need a little help when they're in a tight spot. Another one for the truck fans — though we think it will appeal to all kids. In this rhyming story, the kind little blue truck gets help from a few good friends to save the day.

Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!

Three-year-olds will love telling the pigeon he can’t drive the bus, no matter how much he begs. Willems is expert at tapping into the preschool psyche. (And if they truly love it, there are a number of sequels in which they can deny him a hot dog, make him go to school and more.)

The Rabbit Listened

Sometimes, you need to just listen, and this book makes the concept accessible to 3-year-olds. When something bad happens, a series of animals have not-so-helpful solutions, until the rabbit gets it just right and listens. This sweet, simple story shows the power of emotional intelligence and empathy.

The Book of Mistakes

It's all about perspective, and this book teaches that mistakes can be beautiful. A parent hoping to instill a growth mindset into little ones would do well to add this charming book by Corinna Luyken to the library. It shows how imperfections can add up to something perfect.

The Dot

Every journey starts with one small step, or in this case, a mark. Three-year-olds can feel frustrated when their motor skills don’t quite connect to their vision yet. This story of an aspiring artist frustrated with their skills encourages persistence and experimentation.

Thank You, Omu!

It's a beautiful tale of generosity as one character shares her delicious stew. Oge Mora’s debut is a touching story about the beauty of sharing, with art that was given a Caldecott Honor.

Julián Is a Mermaid

This ebullient book is all about confidence and self-love. Julián sees some women dressed up for the Coney Island mermaid parade and dreams of becoming a mythical creature. When he makes himself a mermaid costume, his abuela handles it beautifully.

Not Quite Narwhal

This is a sweet story of a young unicorn born to a family of narwhals who thinks he's one of them. Kelp is born deep in the ocean and feels at home with his fellow narwhals, until a current sweeps him away and he discovers he’s actually a unicorn. Will he stay with the creatures like him, or return to his friends? He finds a beautiful way to be a little of this and a little of that.

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This article was originally published on November 25, 2019

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Free eBooks for Kids: 16 Sites to Download Free Reads for the Little Ones

by Kaelyn Barron | 33 comments

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If there are any youngsters in your family who love to read, or if you’re a teacher in search of additional fun resources for your students, you know how quickly the cost of new books can add up.

Luckily, there are a number of sites that offer free ebooks aimed at young readers, so they can stay entertained and engaged without breaking the bank.

Where to Find Free eBooks for Kids

Below are 15 sites that offer selections of free ebooks specifically kids. Many offer downloadable versions, while some can be read online only.

Be sure to also check out our list of the best sites to download free eBooks of all genres.

1. Magic Keys

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Magic Keys offers dozens of free eBooks for children, many of which include audio formats. Books are divided into three categories for young children, older children, and young adults.

And the site offers more than just books: Parents and children can enjoy riddles, quizzes, and phonics links.

2. Project Gutenberg

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Project Gutenberg boasts hundreds of children’s books, most of them classics like Cinderella and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, although many more obscure titles are available. Sub-categories include Children’s History, Children’s Picture Books, School Stories, and more.

Selections are arranged alphabetically by author and most have options for reading in HTML or downloading in EPUB, Kindle, or plain text formats.

3. Gateway to the Classics

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Gateway to the Classics (formerly The Baldwin Online Children’s Literature Project) offers hundreds of children’s books from over 384 authors, with an emphasis on literature, history, and natural history. In addition, readers can access over 2500 poems. Some titles are even available as audio files.

4. Amazon’s Free Kids eBooks

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Amazon’s Top 100 Free Children’s eBooks are frequently updated with new titles. From young children to teens, there’s something for every young reader. Of course, you’ll need a Kindle to download and read these titles.


Free Kids Books Logo Image offers hundreds of titles for toddlers, children, older children, and young adults that can be downloaded for free as PDFs or read online.

Titles can be browsed by age group, or readers can search by author, title, or keyword.

6. OxfordOwl

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Oxford Owl ’s free eBook library for children was developed for children aged 3–11 years old, with the goal of helping children learn and love to read. If you’re not sure which level is appropriate for your child, you can start by having them take a simple test.

Browse selections by age group, reading level, book type, or series. Genres include fiction, myths and legends, poetry, and more.

7. Children’s Books Online

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Children’s Books Online offers free, antique illustrated children’s books that are organized by reading level. Categories include Pre-Readers and Very Early Readers, Early Readers, Intermediate Readers, Advanced Readers, and even Books in Multiple Languages.

8. International Children’s Digital Library

ICDL is an international non-profit that boasts over 4,000 titles in 59 languages. Users can browse books by country of origin or use advanced search features to find the title that’s right for them. The complete collection is also available via their free iPad app.

9. FreeBooksy

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FreeBooksy adds new titles to their list of free eBooks for kids every day. Most are available for Kindle, although many can also be downloaded for Nook, Kobo, or iBooks.

However, be sure to check that the book is still free on Amazon, since many deals expire after several days and are no longer free.


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ManyBooks offers a wide range of free eBooks for kids, ranging from classics like Pinocchio and Peter Pan, to new releases like Lucky’s Will.

Most titles can be downloaded for free in a number of formats, including EPUB, PDF, AZW, MOBI, and more.

11. Centsless Books

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Centstless Books provides links to the latest free Kindle deals for children’s ebooks on Amazon. (Again, be sure to check that the books are still free when you go to download them.)

Titles are available for very young readers, as well as middle grade and teen readers.

12. eBookDaily

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Readers can check in with eBookDaily every day for the latest free eBooks for children available on Amazon. New titles are listed every day—but hurry! Deals don’t tend to last long, so there’s a good chance that by the end of the day the selected titles will no longer be free.

13. The Savvy Bump

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With The Savvy Bump , parents and parents-to-be can stock up on free Kindle books for their little ones. New deals are regularly added, but be sure to check that the price hasn’t gone up before downloading.

In addition to free eBooks for kids, The Savvy Bump also offers pregnancy advice and helpful tips for motherhood.

14. Barnes & Noble

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Barnes & Noble makes hunting down free eBooks for kids easy with its regularly updated section of free eBooks for NOOK. Thousands of free titles are available just for kids, but you can also browse more specific categories, such as “Arts and Crafts for Kids” or “Cooking and Food for Kids.”


free ebooks for kids offers over 100 free eBooks for kids in a variety of formats, including PDF, EPUB, Kindle, and TXT. Many of the books here are classics, including Peter Pan , The Prince and the Pauper , and Pollyanna .

16. Lemons & Letters

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Chrissy and Tom are two independent authors and illustrators who started Lemons & Letters to strengthen the joy of reading and make free bedtime stories more accessible. Their site boasts a collection of beautifully designed stories that families can enjoy together for free.

17. TCK Publishing

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TCK Publishing regularly updates email subscribers with the latest free and low-priced eBook deals.

You can sign up for free , and receive offers for free or low-priced (usually $0.99) books and eBooks straight to your inbox!

Find Free Children’s eBooks

If you have or know a child who loves to read, there are plenty of free options available to keep their digital bookshelves well-stocked.

Try one of these 15 resources to find free eBooks for kids of all ages!

What do your kids or students love to read? Let us know in the comments below!

If you enjoyed this post, then you might also like:

  • 29 Best Websites to Download Free eBooks
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  • Free Romance eBooks: 8 Places to Download Your Favorite Steamy Reads at No Cost
  • Free Christian eBooks: 8 Sites That Offer Free Spiritual Reads

Kaelyn Barron

As a blog writer for TCK Publishing, Kaelyn loves crafting fun and helpful content for writers, readers, and creative minds alike. She has a degree in International Affairs with a minor in Italian Studies, but her true passion has always been writing. Working remotely allows her to do even more of the things she loves, like traveling, cooking, and spending time with her family.


Barbara Rothwell

I would like to find a source of e-books that can be read on an i-pad, using the ‘read to me’ function built into the i-pad. These books need to be photo-illustrated, non-fiction, and written on about a 3rd grade reading level. These would be for a 70 year old gentleman who does not read or write. He currently has a subscription to Arbordale children’s books, but has exhausted the titles in the collection. Can you please advise? Thank you!

Abdullahi Aisha

I like children story books online for my kids


I love finding free eBooks for my kids to read! Thank you for this list!


Hello Kaelyn, I would love to suggest my resource to your list, Lil’ Fingers Storybooks. . Lil Fingers has been around for over 20 years, and features original stories, activities and coloring pages.

Cole Salao

That’s a cool website. Thanks for the recommendation, Dave!

Lemons & Letters

Hi Kaelyn, we are two independent authors and illustrators of children’s stories.

For many years we have been writing and illustrating stories for children and putting them online for free:

Our goal is to strengthen the joy of reading and to support the creativity of the listeners.

We would be very happy if you would link our page in your collection of free resources as well. By doing so, you would help us make even more parents and children aware of our free stories.

Best Chrissy and Tom

Kaelyn Barron

Hi Chrissy and Tom, thank you for sharing this resource! I’ll update this post and add it to the list :)

Yeo Irin

Hi I’m yeo Irin, I would try browsing some of them are organized by general age group or reading level:)


I’d like to share with you our category Childrens in AliceAndBooks:

I’ts a bit small at this moment but we are working in several titles.

I hope you like it!

Thanks for sharing, Joe, we’ll check it out!


Hi, is there anywhere to read all the Tom Gates books for free?

Hi Cruz, if you can’t find them on these websites I would recommend borrowing them as ebooks from your library :) we have a guide on how to do that here

Dejene Tesfa

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I suggest you or the app. Me and my class love the books and it is for 12 and under. There are books that can be read to you, and you can read them on your own. I strongly request epic. From: Emma in 3rd grade. Have a nice day

Thank you so much for the tip, Emma! I’ll check it out :) hope you have a nice day too!

farzane can l have child story books pdf?

Hey Farzane! You can click on the links of each site listed here to find a storybook you like :)


hello lady. I am Elementary teacher. please if have possible, send for me books that pdf About life skills training. Of course With few pages.

Hi Hosein, you might find these resources for teachers helpful!


Nice list. May I suggest to add to the list? Kids can read and listen to modernised fairy tales for free.

All the best

Thanks for the suggestion! I’ll check it out :)


Thankyou very much Sir.

Hope you found the post helpful! :)


hi i am looking for free websites for 12 year old girls where they don’t need parent permission.


im looking for a book called “essentially charli”

Hi Anna, I wasn’t able to find that one free online.


I am looking for a marvel book

Hi Jaxen, it looks like you can read some for free on their site


I looking for ebooks that a class we can read together

Hi Tammie, you might like to check out our post on read-aloud books:

Isumdi dulansa

Hi i am isumdi . I am looking for grade six books for gils .

Hi Isumdi, I would try browsing some of these sites, many of them are organized by general age group or reading level :)

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How to Write a Children’s Book in 12 Steps (From an Editor)

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As a children’s book editor, I’ve helped hundreds of authors write, edit and publish their children’s book.

Anyone can sit down and dash out a children’s book, and with a little help and guidance, yours can be good enough to earn the attention of thousands of children.

And nothing beats the feeling of holding your printed book in your hands and reading it to a child for the first time.  Follow these 12 steps and you’ll get there in no time.

In this article you’ll learn:

  • How to generate a concept that works
  • How to create a main character that children love
  • How to write the right length
  • How to structure the plot
  • How to work with an illustrator
  • How to revise
  • How to publish

I also help authors with:

  • Publishing their children’s book (with Bookfox Press)
  • Editing their children’s book (big picture feedback, not just correcting commas)

Lastly, you can read this whole post and get a decent understanding of how to write a children’s book, but if you want the full, in-depth experience with even more information, videos, PDFs, quizzes, and exercises, you can take my 30-video course on how to write a children’s book:

Online Course: “Two Weeks To Your Best Children’s Book.”

Okay, buckle up and get ready! These are the 12 steps to writing a children’s book.

1. Find Your Best Idea

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You probably have an idea already, but you should work on refining it. Here’s how:

  • Google “children’s book” and a phrase that describes your book.
  • Once you’ve found books that are similar, look at the summary of those books.
  • Figure out how your book is different than the published ones.

This might seem commonsense to check what’s already out there before putting all your time and energy into a book, but so many authors don’t do it! This is just basic research that you can do in 2 minutes that will give you a sense of competing books.

Mother reading a children's book to her son

When I lead most authors through this process, they discover that their idea has already been written about. Now, that’s not necessarily a bad thing — actually, it’s proof that children want to read about their topic!

The trick is to have one twist for your story that makes it different. If it’s a story about bullying, perhaps your book tells the story from the point of view of the bully! Or if it’s a story about a dog, make this dog a stray or blind in one eye.

Maybe your story is different because you have a surprise at the end, or maybe it’s different because it’s for an older or younger age group, or your character has a magical guide like a fairy or elf to lead them through their journey. Just add one twist that distinguishes it from other books.

2. Build the Character

A friendly black bear sits reading a children's picture book, and says "Hello"

I edit hundreds of children’s books every year, and the best books have unique characters. They are quirky in some way. They have a funny habit. They look strange. They talk differently than everyone else.

But when I see a book where the main character is indistinguishable from every child, that worries me. You don’t want a character who stands in for every child, you want a main character that feels REAL.

My advice would be to go through a Character Questionnaire and figure out how much you know about your character:

  • What does your main character desire?
  • What is their best/worst habit?
  • Are they an extrovert or introvert?
  • How do they speak differently than everyone else? (cute sayings, repeated phrase/word, dialect, high/low volume)
  • Do they doubt themselves or do they have too much bravery?
  • Do they have any pets? (or does your animal character have human owners)
  • What makes your main character feel happy?
  • Do they have any secrets?
  • What would this character do that would be very out of character?
  • What is one thing this character loves that most people dislike?

Now score yourself on how many you knew right away:

First place gold ribbon

8 – 10

Congrats! Your character feels like a real person to you!

Second place bronze ribbon

6 – 7

Pretty good! You have thought deeply about your character.

Third place Bronze ribbon

5 and below

Take a few more character questionnaires before you start writing.

If you’d like more questions, I have an expanded version of this questionnaire in my  course . 

I also have another post on the 10 steps to writing a memorable character .

3. Find the Right Length

What’s the right word count for your book?

This is probably the most common question I get asked, and it’s also the one that most writers get wrong.

Ultimately, you need to figure out what age range you’re writing for, and then write within that word count.

Infographic on children's book lengths for board books, picture books, chapter books

Most writers are writing picture books for ages 3 – 7 — that’s the most common category. If that’s you, then shoot for 750 words. That’s the sweet spot.

If you write a picture book more than 1,000 words, you’re sunk . You absolutely have to keep it under 1,000 words. It’s the most unyielding rule in the entire industry. Seriously, take out all the red pens and slash away until you’ve whittled it down.

4. Start It Quickly

Many unpublished children’s books fail to grab the child’s attention (and parent’s attention!), and that’s because they start too slow. If your story is about a child joining a circus, they should join on the first or second page. 

Don’t give backstory about this child’s life. Don’t set the scene or tell us what season it is.

Just have the circus come into town, and as soon as possible, have the child become a clown or tightrope walker or lion tamer. 

Infographic answering how fast do children's books start

You have such a short space to tell your story that you can’t waste any time. The pacing of children’s stories generally moves lickety-split, so don’t write at a tortoise pace. 

For instance, look at the picture book “ HippoSPOTamus .” When do you think the hippo discovers the red spot on her bottom?

Cover of the book Hippospotamus by jeanne Willis and Tony Ross

Yep, it’s on the first page.

And that event launches the entire story.

Start your book that quickly.

5. Create A Problem

Every character has a problem. It could be a mystery, it could be a person, it could be a crisis of confidence. That problem is what they will struggle with for the entire book.

The majority of the book will be obstacles the main character has to hurdle before they can solve their problem.

Here are the main mistakes beginning writers make with their character’s Main Problem:

  • The character solves the problem too easily . Make your character really struggle and fail. Ideally, the main character should fail at least three times before solving this problem, and perhaps fail as many times as five (if you’re writing for older children). 
  • There are not a series of obstacles . On the character’s way to solving the problem, the main character should run up against a whole bunch of obstacles. Don’t have him defeat a single obstacle and then voila, problem is solved. To build a rocket ship to fly to space, the main character should lose some parts, his mother should call him for dinner, his friend should tell him it won’t work, it should rain, etc. 
  • The character doesn’t care enough about solving the problem . This has to be a HUGE problem for the child — they have to feel like it’s a matter of life and death, even if the actual problem is only a missing button. As long as the child feels like it’s a huge problem, the reader will feel like it’s a huge problem. 

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6. Use Repetition

Lollipops repeated in a grid

Children love repetition! Parents love repetition! Publishers love repetition!

Everybody loves repetition! (check out my post on  17 fantastic examples of repetition in literature).

If you’re not repeating something in your children’s book, it’s not going to be a great children’s book.

I mean, all of Dr. Seuss is basically built on repetition (and he’s pretty much the godfather of children’s books).

Here are three types of repetition that you can use:

  • Repetition of a word or phrase on a page
  • Repetition of a word or phrase across the entire book
  • Repetition of the story structure

Any book that rhymes is using repetition of similar words, and I would argue that story structure repetition is even more important than language repetition. 

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7. Write for Illustrator s

One of the main jobs of the writer is to set up the illustrator for success. (and you can hire an illustrator from the SCBWI illustrator gallery )

But so many writers aren’t thinking about what kind of material they’re giving to the illustrator.

If you have a book that takes place inside a house between two characters, the illustrator is going to struggle to draw visually interesting images.

A good illustrator can radically improve your book, but they’re also working with what you give them. So give them more:

  • Choose fun buildings for your setting (put it in a greenhouse rather than a school)
  • Think of funny-looking main characters (a lemur is much more fun to draw than a dog)
  • Get out in the open rather than being inside (wheat fields are more entertaining than a bedroom).

Inside locations like a school limit illustrators:

Animated children reading books inside a playroom

While illustrators have much more freedom with fun outside possibilities:

Illustration example of a child running into a city with skinny yellow skyscrapers

Remember, a publisher isn’t only evaluating your book on the words alone. They’re thinking about the combination between your words and an illustrator’s pictures. And if you don’t provide a solid half with the words, they’re going to say no. 

And if you’re self-publishing, good visuals are much more fun for the child!

Also, if you’re exhausted by trying to find an illustrator that you can trust, and is affordable, let Bookfox Press do all the legwork for you. We have trusted illustrators that we’ve worked with before, and who do incredible work.

8. End the Story Quickly

Once the main problem of the story is resolved (the cat is found, the bully says he’s sorry, the two girls become friends again), you only have a page or two to finish the book.

Since the story is done, there’s no longer any tension for the reader, which means they don’t have an incentive to keep reading. So do them a favor and end the book as quickly as possible. 

Basically, you want to provide a satisfying conclusion and wrap up all the storylines. 

One of my favorite tricks for an ending is a technique that stand-up comedians call a “Call Back.” This is when they reference a joke from earlier in their set to finish out their routine.

You can use this in children’s books by referencing something in the first 5 or 6 pages of the book. For instance, if the main character was so focused on a purple lollipop that they wandered away and got lost, then after she was found the final page of the book might say: “and from then on she only licked red lollipops!”

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9. Choose Your Title

The titles of six children's books about adventure, fairy tales, and dinosaurs

Now you may say: why are we figuring out the title after we do all the writing? Good question.

The truth is that many writers don’t know the essence of their story until after they write the book. So you can have a temporary title, but just know that you’ll probably revise it after you finish.

And revising is fine! Everybody revises. Don’t be afraid to change your title multiple times until you hit the exact right one.

Also, the title is the number one marketing tool of your book. Most readers decide whether or not to pick up your book from the title alone. That means choosing a title might be the most important thing you do (although it’s probably a tie with choosing an illustrator).

  • Don’t Title: “Amy’s Adventure with Poppies.”
  • Do Title: “The Mouse in the Meadow.”
  • Don’t: “The Vast Library.” (Boring)
  • Don’t: “The Library Hunt.” (This is better. “Hunt” is a good word, and the combo with library is intriguing.)
  • Do: “How to Live Forever.” (This is the actual title, and it’s great. This is the name of the book the boy is searching for, and it lets the reader know there will be some deep topics discussed.)
  • Don’t: “Johnny’s Wonderful Day.”
  • Do: “Captain Johnny Defeats Dr. Doom.” (Captain Johnny makes it more playful, we have the active verb of “defeat” and Dr. Doom uses alliteration.)
  • Don’t: “The Bird in the Window.”
  • Do: “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” (What places?)
  • Do: “Olivia Saves the Circus.” (How? We want to know.)
  • Do: “How to Catch an Elephant.” (Tell me more!)
  • Google “Children’s Book [Your Title]” .You want to see if the title is already taken (or if there is a title that is too close). Now say your perfect title is already used. Can you still use that title? Well, yes. People can’t copyright titles. But you’ll have a hard time distinguishing your book from that book, so it’s not always the best idea.
  • Test Your Title with Children and Adults . It’s important to see how children react to your title. Are they excited? Do they seem bored? But remember that children aren’t the ones buying books — parents are. So make sure to bounce it off some adults as well and get their reaction. 

10. A Revision Strategy

Children's book illustration of a pirate making a blindfolded man walk the plank off into a sea of sharks

Most unpublished picture books are far too wordy.

In fact, if you talk to publishers and agents, they will say that children’s books being too long is one of the main things that makes them reject a book.

Here is a revision technique that will fix that problem . Make every single word, every single phrase, every single sentence “Walk the Plank.”

In other words, you highlight it and hover over the delete button (this is the “walking the plank” moment) and ask yourself: if I cut this, will the story no longer make sense?

If the story will still make sense, then PUSH that phrase/sentence off the plank and delete it.

If the story will not make sense, then that word or phrase or sentence gets a reprieve (at least in this round of editing!).

In general, the shorter your children’s book, the better chance that publishers/agents will like it and the better chance you’ll have of pleasing children and parents (not to mention shorter books are cheaper to illustrate — and illustration is expensive!).

11. Find an Editor

Graphic of how to find a children's book editor with coffee and computer

Once you’ve written your book, you really need to get an expert’s opinion to help you improve it. An editor will be the best investment in your book. After all, I know you love what you’ve written, but there are so many tricks and techniques to writing that can improve the experience of the reader.

There are two different types of children’s book editors.

  • First, there are developmental editors (also called content editors). These editors help you improve the story concept, the plot, the characters, the pacing, the dialogue, and whatever else needs to be improved. They look at the big picture and help you revise your book (this is what I do!).
  • After you use a developmental editor, then you would need a copy editor . This is the editor who fixes all the formatting, grammar, spelling, verb tenses, style, and all the other small details. They make your book look professional.

Sometimes you’ll find an editor who can do both, but you can’t do both at the same time — you have to make all the big picture revisions before you start tinkering with all the small details.

Here is a handy checklist when looking for an editor.

  • Your editor should be someone who has been in the industry for a while.
  • Your editor should have examples of published children’s books that they’ve edited.
  • Your editor should have testimonials from satisfied writers.
  • Your editor should be a member of SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators).

The cost of editors vary widely, but if you’re not paying at least $400 – $600, you’re probably getting an amateur without a lot of experience in the industry. And you don’t want a beginner messing around with your book.

If you’d like to hire me as an editor, check out my children’s book editing page .

Giraffe standing next to a sign that says "Improve Your Children's Book"

12. Find an Illustrator

This is the most important step of the post-writing process.

An illustrator will be the most expensive step of publishing a children’s book, but also the most essential for a successful book. The more you spend on this step, the better your book will look. I mentioned the SCBWI illustrator gallery above, but I also wanted to recommend Fiverr as an inexpensive place to hire an illustrator. 

If neither of those work out, check out the website Children’s Illustrators or for another option, Illustration X .

When you’re considering an illustrator, this is what you should ask for:

  • To see examples of previous work (do you like their style?)
  • To see a copy of the contract (do they keep the rights or do you?)
  • How long it will take (look at the graphic below for average times)
  • Whether they also do layout, type, and book design (otherwise you need to hire a book designer afterwards)

Infographic on how much children's book illustrators cost

Make sure you’re really in love with the illustrator’s style, and that it matches your vision for what you want the book to look like.


You can’t just throw words up on an illustration and expect them to look good. It’s essential to have a happy marriage between text and image. You want to think about:

  • The font . This is incredibly important. I see a lot of self-published children’s books that selected the wrong font, and it’s glaringly obvious. You need an illustrator to help you choose exactly the right font to match the illustrations.
  • The size of the font . This is important as well. It should be consistent across the whole book and should pair well with the size of objects in the illustration.
  • The placement of the words . If you put the words in the wrong place on the image, you basically ruin the entire illustration. It needs to be carefully balanced and follow good composition guidelines like the rule of thirds. Ideally, the words should enhance the illustration rather than detract from it.
  • Page breaks . What words should go on which pages? This is something you need to discuss with your illustrator before they begin. They need to have a say in this — don’t just tell them how you want the pages to be broken up. For instance, they might have the idea to have a two-page spread without any words at all, or to separate a single sentence across several pages, or to have one page with a few sentences on it and the next page with just a short phrase for emphasis. This is the number one mistake I see beginning writers/illustrators make: they have the same amount of text on every single page (usually a single sentence). 

So either hire the illustrator to do book design, or hire a book designer. But just don’t choose the fonts and placements and font size on your own — get a book designer to help you .

If you want to learn more about how to work with an illustrator, check out my post, “ 12 Tips on Working with a Children’s Book Illustrator .”

Common Questions

Q: should i copyright my book.

Light bulb hanging over children's book with a copyright C stamped on the page

There are differing opinions on this, but in general I would say NO. You don’t have to worry about someone stealing your book. If you go the traditional publishing route, the publisher will copyright it for you. If you go the self-publishing route, you already own the material the instant you wrote it, so getting copyright only gives you added protection.

If you need more advice on this, read my post, “ Should You Copyright Your Children’s Book .”

Now if you’re going to chew your nails down to the nub worrying about this, then set your mind at ease. If you live in America, go to the U.S. Copyright Office website and you can register for under a hundred bucks. I walk you through the steps on how to do this in my children’s book course .

Q: Do I need illustrations before sending my book to editors, publishers, and agents?

Children's book illustration of two camels standing in a desert with a cactus behind them

This is a hard and fast NO.

Editors want to work with the language alone, so unless your book requires the illustrations to make sense, you don’t want to send the illustrations. Even then, you can easily put the illustration explanation in brackets [like so].

Publishers always always always hire their own illustrators, so save yourself the money and submit the text alone. This is because choosing an illustrator is a marketing decision (that they need to make, not you) and because a good illustrator can cost $20,000. You probably don’t have that kind of money lying around.

Now what if you’re the illustrator? Well, then you DO want to send the illustrations. But if you get a rejection, it could either be because of the story or because of your illustrations, and sometimes you won’t know what the weak link is.

In general, though, agents are looking to represent illustrator/writers much more often than they’re looking to represent writers alone. That’s because children’s book illustrators earn A LOT more money than children’s book writers (sorry, that’s just the way it is).

Q: Should I ask for a non-disclosure agreement? (NDA)

Laptop with NDA sheet in front of it to protect copyright

If you want to you can, but you have a better chance of a bear eating you than someone stealing your book.

Plus, if they steal it, you can easily sue them and take all the profits and more, so there isn’t much motivation for someone to steal your book.

The truth is that writers worry about this far more often than it actually happens. My advice would be to put all your energy toward creating the best children’s book you can create, and if you have a great book, the agent/publisher/editor will want to work with you, not steal from you.

Q: Will you be my literary agent?

No, I’m an editor, and the role of an editor and literary agent are very different. An editor’s job is to help you make your children’s book the best it can be. The role of a literary agent is to play matchmaker and find a publisher who wants your book.

However, if you sign up for my children’s book email list (via a pop-up on this page or at the bottom) I will send you a list of children’s book agents. Also, here’s another list of agents .

Q: Will you help me find a publisher?

That’s mainly the role of a literary agent, but I do have a list on Bookfox of 30 publishers who will accept submissions without a literary agent.

And if you hire me for editing , sometimes I’ll be able to recommend a few publishers where your book might be a fit, but it’s not like a handshake deal. Publishers get a large number of submissions and they have to take on the books they know they can sell.

Q: How many submissions will an agent or publisher get in a year?

Five children sitting on a green hill reading stacks of children's books

A beginning agent might get 2,000 – 3,000 submissions in a year, while an established agent might receive 3,000 – 8,000 submissions.

Publishers who accept submissions get anywhere from between 2,000 submissions to 15,000 submissions, although almost all publishers who start getting too many submissions stop accepting submissions (because it costs too much to hire people to wade through all those submissions).

I don’t mean to discourage you, but just help you make an informed decision about whether you should self-publish or seek a traditional publisher. It’s really tough to land an agent or a publisher, and it can take a lot of time and work.

What’s wonderful about self-publishing is that within a week you can be holding your book in your hands.

Q: Should I self publish or seek a traditional publisher?

A animated person sitting on a typewriter with the words "Self Publish"

So for self-publishing, there’s lots of upsides : there’s no wait time, and you get complete control of the project (such as cover art and illustration), and there’s not that much of a cost if you do it all yourself.

But … you have to do all the marketing yourself, and you don’t have anyone to guide you through the process, and you don’t have the reputation of being published by a traditional publisher. You should do self-publishing if you’re a real go-getter and you think you can get the word out there about your book.

For traditional publishing, there are also many upsides: you would get an advance (money is nice!), they would handle all the proofreading, ISBN, illustrations, cover art, etc, and they would give you some guidance with how to do the marketing and promotion.

But … it can be very, very hard to get an acceptance from an agent or from a publisher. Sometimes you have to send the story out for a year or two, submitting to a hundred outlets or more. Go this route if you have a lot of patience and you want the book to reach a wider audience.

Read my post on “How to Self Publish a Board Book” if you want more info on that.

Did you want more advice on how to write a children’s book?

So let’s review the 12 main points:

  • Find Your Best Idea
  • Develop Your Main Character
  • Write the Right Length
  • Start the Story Quickly
  • Figure out the Main Problem
  • Use Repetition
  • Write for Illustrations
  • End the Story Quickly
  • Choose Your Title
  • A Revision Strategy: Walk the Plank
  • How to Find an Editor
  • How to Find an Illustrator

Please leave a comment below if this material was helpful and if you have any other questions.

Also, please check out my:

  • Children’s book course — “Two Weeks To Your Best Children’s Book”
  • Children’s book editing — let me help you with your book.
  • Children’s book Publishing: Bookfox Press

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So sit down, get a cup of tea, and read this through – many times. Until it sinks in.

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I think that many people believe that children’s books are easier to write, because they’re for children but they’re not . Like you’ve shared, they should be written according to age group. And they have to be very engaging because they’re heavily illustrated and if the cover’s no good, no sale.

This is truly a great article to read and I was really hooked. Joslyn, I agree with you that if the cover and word choice are no good then it is a no sale. As a Librarian when selecting books to purchase for the library, it is compulsory to select covers which are eye catching. Additionally, children are excited when they see attractive illustrations with fantastic colour schemes, intriguing characters and unique settings. I am about to write my first children’s story book and I hope to draw from my experiences from spending 5 years living in Japan.

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So agents are free up front (they only take 15% of whatever you make).

Publishers are also free — both traditional publishers (they pay you) and self publishing (it’s free on Amazon, and other companies that require money are kinda scammy).

If you want to get an agent or a publisher, though, your book has to be good, which is why you should save up for an editor.

Hi, I wondered what the format is for the video course. Is it in DVD or access to on line videos? Thanks, Ellen C.

Hi Ellen, the videos are all online. I don’t offer DVD access. Hope that works for you!

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Sometimes they’ll take on a team of an illustrator/writer. You can always try.

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Hi Benjamin, So once you self-publish, no publisher wants to touch it. It’s either/or — you can’t do both.

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Thanks, Linda! Glad it was helpful and I know you’ll love the course, which includes so much more material beyond this little brief post. 🙂

Let me know when you’re ready for me to edit your book!

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Hi Cindy, I don’t have a list of Canadian children’s book publishers specifically, but I do have a list of 30 publishers looking for unagented submissions.

I would love your opinion on writing an educational children’s book. Would all the same principles talked about in this article (which was WONDERFUL, by the way) apply? Thanks!

Thanks, glad you enjoyed it! I would think almost all of them would apply, absolutely.

There are some additional considerations with an educational book — is the teaching too heavy handed, what about the balance between fun/learning, is there a moral in addition to the learning — stuff like that.

And you definitely have to nail down the age range for a book like this, and target it to exactly what they’re learning in school.

Hello John,

Do you think it is possible to get published in a traditional way in the US for someone who is not a citizen and lives elsewhere?

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Yes! Definitely possible. But some of the time it’s better to look in your own country first.

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A lot longer than you would think. If you’re referring to traditional publishing, it can be a year and a half. Self publishing can be much quicker.

I was thinking around a year, so I wasn’t too far off. Thank you so much for the excellent information you’ve provided here.

This was very helpful! I plan on printing it out so I can go back over it in depth. What are your thoughts about Amazon’s e-book publishing? Also your input on using Fiver?

Fiverr can be a great source for cheap illustrators.

Amazon’s book publishing is great, but only publishes soft cover books. If you want hardcover, you need Ingram Spark.

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Hi Faith, Great, glad this was so helpful!

The course includes a ton of information that I didn’t have time to mention here, so I hope you enjoy it.

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Great information, thank you. But you do assume that every children’s book is going to be a fictional story. What about if it’s an educational book in some way? No need to answer, just something to think on. All the same, there was a lot I could still take from this.

Who says educational books have to be nonfiction? Fiction can teach quite a lot. And if they are nonfiction, you still need a structure for them, even if it’s not a narrative structure.

Great article, thank you!

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Thank you for all your hard work to keep us informed. I’m a French author for children and would like to sell my books in US. My publisher thought we could work with Amazon but they do not print landscape books. Any tips? You can see my work at

Try Ingramspark.

Hi, I’ve just read your great post and I have a question. You have stressed how important an illustrator is and while I am not a professional illustrator I am an artist and really want to illustrate the book myself with a unique multi media technique. What are your thoughts on this. Thanks, Wendy

Well, you can give it a shot. Worst the publisher can say is no.

Could I be my own illustrator or do I have to hire an illustrator? I have many ideas for the art in my book and I have a specific style I want.

If you’re good enough, yes, you can be your own illustrator.

Thank you very much 🙂

Thank you for a thorough article. I am an English learner and my dream is to publish an educational book. I am sure you can help me achieve that dream. As per the article, I would need an editor/quality illustrator/publisher, but I am financially incapable to do so. Which one should I invest the most in? Any technical strategy on this? Also: – how many times can I resubmit my work to a publisher or self-publish the same book (after multiple no’s)? – If I submit my book to a publisher and not hear from them for over 2 years, can I self-publish instead or it will be revoked? – Say I received the manuscript from you with your corrections, is there any additional charge for resubmitting the revision?

You’re welcome for the article! Publishers don’t cost anything — you can self publish for free. Split your money between an editor and an illustrator. Find a cheap illustrator on Fiverr .

You can only submit to a publisher once. After they have passed, don’t send it again. (not answering means they don’t want it).

If you haven’t heard from them in 3 months, consider it a NO.

So when I edit, I give you a lot to revise and a lot to think about. But if you did want to revise and resubmit, I’d charge a discounted rate for another round.

Great Information there. I am from Kenya. I love children’s books and my 7 year old son loves to read. I have been having so many ideas about children’s books. Your article has really enlightened me. Thanks for sharing

This is the best information on writing children’s books that I’ve come across thus far. I am researching tips/ideas and am at the very start of my journey. Thank you so much, I really appreciate these awesome nuggets!

Hi LaTanya, great, glad you liked it! If you want a lot more information like this, my course doesn’t overlap with the information here and you get a lot more.

I’ve written a chapter book about 11-year-old characters. It’s almost 70,000 words. Is this too long?

Hi Lori, 11-year-old characters are MG (middle grade), while this length is more appropriate for YA (Young Adult), ages 13 – 18.

Ideally, a book for this age would be more like 40k to 50k.

I really appreciate this article.

Amazing article! So informative, helpful and easy to understand for first time writers. Thank you for taking time to write, this article and for providing comprehensive information without charge. I will definitely look to use your editing services and course when ready. Thanks again. 🙂

Great guidance and more than enough information to start a successful children’s book! Love you for this!

I have an idea for a children’s book series. Do you indicate that a series is the intent when you submit your work to potential publishers?

Thank you for all the great information!

Yes, I’d recommend that you include that information up front and if possible tell them you have the next two books written (if these are short picture books).

I am based in the UK – I am assuming I can still sign up for the course as the content will be transferable to those writing outside the USA? Thanks

Hi Kirstin, Yes, the content will work worldwide. There are only one or two videos that have US specific elements, but you can easily find the agents/agencies that are appropriate in the UK.

This is a fantastic post! Thank you so much!

Great article. Very informative and answers a lot of my questions. One element I’m still confused on is exactly who types the manuscript into the book? I have an illustrator who has done a lovely job of illustrating my idea. I’ve also hired a book designer who will create the fixed layout book for me to upload to distributors. I thought I was ready to send the book to them at this time but now I’m confused again. Should I ask the illustrator to insert the manuscript or does the book designer do this? I’ve written and published novels without illustrations in the past but a children’s picture book is an entirely new experience. Let’s get technical, please. (re the website – its a work in progress)

It depends on the agreement you have with illustrator or book designer. Most of the time illustrators will do it; it’s more rare for book designers to do it.

I was wondering, in general, what tense works best for a children’s picture book, Past or Present?

When in doubt, always use past tense.

You need a very good justification for using present tense.

This is such a helpful and realistic step-by-step article. I really learned a lot when reading it, so I know your course would be amazing. Looks like the next step after reading this is to take the course! Thanks for sharing your knowledge.

Yes, I hope you enjoy it! I made sure the course doesn’t just repeat this article — it provides a lot of info and techniques that I didn’t mention at all here.

This is absolutely an amazing article . It gave me a lot to think about . I love the step by step explanation, especially since I have never written a book before.

¡Bravo! Thank you for writing this organized, to the point, article. I learned a lot about working with my creative side and how to make a dream a reality. ¡Gracias!

Wow! Very insightful article and information provided. Thank you

The article is very, very helpful! I”m writing my first children’s book so i really needed this to help me get started.

For the 3-7 category (750 words), how many words should go on a page?

That’s a conversation you have with your illustrator. There’s no hard and fast rule. Sometimes no words at all. Sometimes a paragraph. Sometimes one word or a phrase.

It all depends on the vision your illustrator has for the pacing and images of the book.

This is absolutely a wonderful article . Thanks for sharing.

This is brilliant! The way you support your points by specific examples is eye-opening! Thank you so much! Love from Sarajevo!

I want to write a true story about my daughters dog and how the dog helped her with depression. However the dog’s name is Polly but we call her Popo. So is my title of “Popo saves the day” or “Better call Popo” going to be a huge red flag because Popo can mean police officer. Some site say it is derogatory but others say not. Its a catchy name.

I took notes for every paragraph I read. This article was very helpful to me and I can’t wait to finally begin my journey.

Great article. Very informative. I am an artist and I just completed my first children’s book. I am editing and doing the illustration work now, in watercolor. I don’t have the funds to go the expensive route, so I will probably self publish. Are there better methods or sources for self publishing.

Put it in a PDF and upload to Amazon. It’s free.

And let me know if I can help with editing before that point.

Excellent article. I appreciate it so much. I’m so glad I found it.

After reading valuable advice from this article, I wrote my first book , the book is in a scientific version for children, but considering the beginning of my adventure, I am happy. It’s great that you share your knowledge.Thank you

Hi and thank you for this information! I hope this isn’t a repeat question but can you tell me if it’s best to have my book edited and then sent to a literary agent or can you go straight to a literary agent? I’m noticing all the publishers I’m looking at won’t accept unrepresented work, so it seems I have to use an agent. Would that be right?

The reason why authors get editing is because it’s extremely challenging to get a literary agent. You’re competing against hundreds of other writers for a single slot, and you want to make sure that your book is the best it can be.

Most big publishers only accept books from agents; small publishers accept work directly. Both are extremely competitive.

This is a very good and timely article. It will go a long way in helping me do my semester project work in the University.

My friends and I are all kids, and we’re in a club together writing books. I shared one of the images in your article with them (the main plot guide) and it’s been very beneficial to all of our novels. Thank you so much for writing this!

Excellent article! I was wondering if there is any sort of common understanding of the publishing industry regarding the particularities of the book for each age group. I’m finding it rather difficult to define an age group the book aim to reach. How precise should I be, and how should the language adapt? Should I try to use words and expressions already knew by the children, or can I catch their attention by using a few new words?

Most of the time authors use language the children know, but some authors want to stretch their vocabulary by pushing it. Either is acceptable, though it’s probably harder to pull off the high diction level vocabulary.

It’s not just about language, though. It’s about length, about the intensity of conflict, about the type of problem, and the complexity of the plot. So it’s more like art than science to figure out your age range.

Hi, great article, I just have a question I’m writing children’s book for my school project and it must be completely done by august, printing, writing, everything and I’m on the writing stage. Since its a school project, do I need to publish it and have an editor and everything, from what I know, I can just make my book by myself completely and print it out because its nothing fancy and I don’t plan on having it sold on markets and things. How long do you think this whole process will take? and how long does it take to get a book printed, I don’t need a lot of copies, just around 1-5 maybe. This article was a great read but I don’t which of these tips apply in my case because Im writing a simple children’s book for a school project.

Hi Miya, for a project like this that you don’t intend to sell widely, you probably don’t need to hire an editor. You can make your book yourself, and if you put it into a PDF and upload it to Amazon, then you can buy a few print copies from them.

Great help and advice I’m a grandma writing my first book, or trying to, so i found this information very helpful. Wish me luck, thinking going to need it!! … thanks again for all the info

I am also a grandma attempting to write my first book. Thank you for this information. It is helping me greatly. Please be in prayer for me as I follow God’s lead in His wisdom and guidance as I write this book. Thanks!!

Super helpful information – thanks for your generosity!

Loved this article. Well written and inspiring

Thank you so much! This was very helpful and informative.

Very helpful article. Thanks for sharing your wisdom. I wrote my first book on kids

This is great advice for beginners like me. It’s the first link I clicked on when I googled ‘how to write and illustrate a children’s picture book 2020’ so you must be doing something right! Thank you so much 🙂

Hey, thanks a ton for sharing this amazing guide on the ways to write the books for the children. One of my friends has just started writing children’s books and I believe this post will be of great help to him.

This has proven extremely useful. The content is well-written and easy to follow. Thank you !

This article was awesome, very informative, I loved it. I’m ready to get started writing my book right now. Thank you so much.

Thanks, this is very well-written! Writing for children involves a lot of considerations: consider what children like; what they would feel; how they would read your book; and more.

Thanks for the great article, it really helped me focus on my idea

Excellent advice, and great that you are sharing it!

really a good article for beginners. Looking forward to finishing my first book and then will start the struggle to find a publisher. Thanks

Hi there, I’m wondering what the best format is to submit a childrens book to an editor is? How should it be laid out? In word? In powerpoint? Would love to get your input! Thanks 🙂

Word would be best. Keep it simple.

i love this. I’m a kid and i want to be a writer. i have written my first book and i need an editor so it can be published. I love this article so so so so so much

Hi, great article. Can you please provide advice/ tips on bilingual books?

Thanks for the article. It was really helpful. Is it possible to self publish first and then publish again with other publishers? I wanted to write a book based on a personal story and give as a gift, but I thought the story also has potential. I would like to do own illustration and design, and it sounded like self publishing will give more flexibility.

No, once you self publish you can’t publish with a publisher, unless you sell a gazillion copies and they come knocking.

Thank you for this comprehensive discussions. I learned a lot from it.

Great article.

One of my friends was recently seeking a new genre for writing and considered writing books for children, I am sure this article will surely help him in writing the best book fore children will surely share it with him.

Great article, very interesting and useful.

Just starting to write a children’s book. This was great article! Since this is my first time writing a children’s book I am trying to establish a timeline checklist. Please let me know if you have any advice or suggestions.

I just finished writing a children’s book and am now going through the process of assisted self-publishing, and wow I really wish that I read all of this beforehand. This information was so spot on and extremely helpful. I will be using this as a starting point/guide for my next children’s book. Thank you! #Mr.MoneyAdventures

Informative and insightful. Thanks.

Very helpful and valuable tips. Thank you for sharing your knowledge!

Grateful for the tips! Absolutely helpful for this African writer!

Thanks to the developer of this amazing guide. I’ve got just what I need to get started in my writing.

Very good material and most enlightening. Thank you for this journey to writing a great and exciting children’s book.

Thank you! really helpful!

Excellent post! Everyone can write a book, but not everyone can produce an amazing one. Whether fiction or non-fiction, it always takes knowledge, experience, passion, and attitude to create praiseworthy literature.

To the point. Relevant information and lots of it! I found it very helpful, thanks.

I have been writing children’s stories I call them bed time stories but I am in a country where they don’t take children’s stories as much important and I have never published any though I have written a number of them, I have no editor, no publisher so am just sitting with my stories though they may be good for children to read them and I would love to be part in children’s happiness all over the world, what should I do

Great info! Thank you so much!

Hi my daughter wrote a book 2 years ago, she is 12 years old now, she want to publish but she doesn’t know how to do? Please tell me what we do next?

I would recommend hiring an illustrator and then with the PDF they give you with the text included, uploading that to Amazon and self publishing. Self publishing is the best option for children who write children’s books.

Thanks so much for the information . I shall work do my best.

Plenty of info thanks a lot.

Great article with practical solutions that might otherwise be unclear even after an assessment. I was able to adjust my story and bring new ideas to it. Thank you

Thank you for putting your dedicated time into writing this article. I have written many books in the past but struggle to finish them because the starting is so long, but now I know to shorten things up a bit. Thanks!!!

The best interesting website I’ve visited in decade. Liked all the interactive content and ideas. Hopefully can make it for my son and daughter with all the share and knowledge you gave John. My best wishes to you and your family. Kind regards from Bali.

Such an insightful article. Thankyou 🙂

Great article, it’s very helpful. Thank you so much.

Amazing article! So helpful. Thankyou!

I found this information really helpful

when was this published?

Hello, I’m seeking an editor in Atlanta for my book. Do you have any recommendations? Your article gives a lot of insight.

I enjoyed reading the article above (Children books ), which explains everything in detail; the writing is fascinating and convincing. Thank you, and good luck with the upcoming items. Thanks, and Keep it up!

I found this site very informative and I have to say there seems to be a lot of work to getting your children’s book accepted and published. I find the tips on this site very helpful to the bigger picture of have a children’s book published and being successful. Before finding this site I thought long and hard about illustration as my book is based on a true story about a pet and his loving owner. I believe the the steps pointed out sound very good and if followed throughly I think anyone’s children’s could be very successful.

Hello, Let me start of by saying I’ve never written a book in my life, My inspiration for this children’s book is my granddaughter her name is Melanie Milagros, she is a true miracle, she was born at 15.9 oz and wasn’t expected to survive. But like a miracle she is now 5 yrs. old and going to school. My fiction book is about her and how she helped animals like rabbits, birds etc. with fairy, magic glitter, from helping a baby bird fly with its family, a bunny rabbit find friends, stuff like that. So the Story about Little Mighty Milagros and a sidekick a Lady Bug. Hmm? Still haven’t finalized that part. Again, I’ve never done anything like this. I don’t know how to find someone to make a cartoon of Melanie for the book.

Good article

FANTASTIC article! Thank you so much for this. I’m a filmmaker writing my first children’s book but I know nil about children’s publishing, so your article is amazing for me. Your generosity is MUCH appreciated.

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I loved all the tips you have shared, you are right when you said How to Write a Children’s Book in 12 Steps . This article was informative that I can’t wait for your next blog.

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Great article !!

My husband and I really appreciated this article. It has been such an overwhelming experience trying to navigate certain topics and we found ourselves all over the place with what to do first and last. This article has put us on the right track of what we want to accomplish with our children’s books. Wish us luck. Maybe we will update our success or lack thereof, in about 1-2 years.

I appreciate your spelling out the major steps necessary and the payment chart for illustrators. Very concise and direct. Thank you!

Your post is very interesting. Books pick their writers; the demonstration of creation isn’t a totally rational and conscious one. Thank you for sharing your blog.

Hi, Now that I know you are an editor, I would like your assistance. Please contact me by email. Thank you

Thank you for taking the time to write this article for so many aspiring writers! I thought your 12 steps were great and to the point. Hopefully I will be able to put them to use!

It’s great to learn that you should use energy when naming a children’s book. My wife is wanting to write a children’s book and she was wondering how she could effectively name the book once she’s finished. I’ll be sure to tell her to add energy to the title.

I came across your blog and thanks for being spot on. I am a publisher and also a children’s book author/illustrator. I decided to go against the norm and keep my books as picture books even though they were meant to be Chapter Books. They are all around 3k words but I opted for keeping them as PB because I was highlighting the differences between all the characters and I thought visuals were essential. Many agents and publishers didn’t like this. You are 100% correct when it comes to word count and structure. I didn’t start out wanting to be a children’s book author nor illustrator, I was just trying to fill a void in children’s lit. Children need to see themselves in the characters they read about! Anyhow, good advice! And, may the muse be with all your readers!

I recently retired from my teaching positions and I have a lot of experiences I can use in my stories. I want my stories to help students with disabilities accept their uniqueness as a strength and not something to be ashamed of. I have always been interested in writing children’s books and after reading this blog, it has given me more insight on steps to take to master this writing process. Thanks goes to you J. Fox!

Great advice, thank you! I’m writing and illustrating my first children’s book and have minimal knowledge on any of it. I assumed it was the editor that did the word placement and font, (not the illustrator?) and now I feel very nervous and overwhelmed lol. So, let me back up a little and begin by asking… What’s the best way to scan my illustrations? Or is it better to hire a professional photographer?

I’m not sure. Most illustrators work on computers, and so already have a PDF file.

I think a scan would be better than a photograph.

Ok, Thanks for replying!

I’m really glad that I came across this article. I recently decided that I want to write a children’s book about children who may have a parent, sibling or family member with a chronic pain condition. I was inspired by my own chronic pain condition, connective tissue disorder and possibly arthritis as well. I found this article very helpful, thank you.

Have acquired a lot of knowledge and advice from the article. I have a long way to go and still mulling it all over.

Thank you for sharing all this. I am seriously considering the course.

Hi Bridget, Glad you liked the blog post! I’ve gotten a ton of great feedback about the course and am sure it would help you tremendously.

Very helpful…straightforward and informative

Helpful and informative.

Thank you it was very helpful to start writing a book.

Thank you for this really interesting and informative guide. I have made a start on an idea and will definitely follow your 12 steps and then take the next steps for editor and hopefully publisher!

Thank you for such an excellent article! I’ve always dreamed of writing a children’s book, but never thought I could actually do it. I’ve set a goal for myself to write my first book this year; so far, all I have is a very general idea. However, I know what my main character looks like. I don’t want to waste words describing her appearance in the story since the book will be illustrated. When hiring an illustrator, would I have any say-so in the illustrations? Specifically, would an illustrator honor my wishes in how my main character looks?

It depends on the illustrator, but most illustrators want some basic info from you about what the character might look like. Illustrators that you hire tend to want explicit direction from you, while illustrators that the publisher hires tend to want independence and autonomy.

Interesting, but I would have liked more info on writing middle grade.

Thanks! I will be looking to rewrite classics for preteen kids. Like O Henry or Poe stories.

This was exactly what I was looking for! Thank you…this has been something I have wanted to do….time to get to it and DO IT!

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Incredibly informative – my thanks for sharing so many of the steps to success. Its a detailed road for potential success. My thanks.

Wow! What are you supposed to say when you get for free an excellent article (like this) that you know you wouldn’t mind paying for? Two words: Thank you! My only regret is not reading this article before I purchased some ‘how-to-write-a-children’s-book’ books on Amazon. All the same, I got some great ideas on how to market a children’s book. Still, I just realized that I have got work to do on my three books, which I plan to self-publish all at once this summer. I have decided to hit the pause button and take your course first. I will contact you to edit my books after I’m done with your course. Again, thank you!!

This was so to-the-point and practical advice. I am a visual arts teacher and I will use this guide in my classroom for my budding artists and writers. I also have a community arts space, and I will use this there as well.

Every aspiring author will venture out writing children’s books first since they believe that this is the easiest to write among other genres. Writing children’s books enables you to enter a different world, one that is filled with joy, excitement, and splendor. Children’s books are the pathway into other cultures, ideas, and imagination for young readers. These books enable them to be at the feet of other people and travel places unimaginable.

Hmm. One thing that is incorrect is picture book length. The vast majority of publishers now want nothing longer than 500 words (unless it’s nonfiction) – and preferably even shorter than that. Many won’t even look at anything longer anymore.

Great Advice! structure is SO important!

Thank you for the EXCELLENT overview, extensive information and helpful hints. Here is my question: I’m interested in writing a series of “educational” books that focus on African American leaders and heroes for children to read as inspiration. I’ve done my homework in terms of discovering black children read 39% less than white children and that is due in part to not connecting with the content/subject matter. I have a PhD in Education and would like to create a series of motivational/inspirational books – if he/she can do it, I can to! Any suggestions? Feedback is welcome! Thanks~

Sounds great! Go for it.

Thank you so much for your helpful “push!” I have been struggling in getting started and remaining committed to my dream of writing for children 0-5 in age. I’m an assistant Early Headstart Teacher, and reaching the minds of our little ones early with reading, is a journey that I truly wish to be a part of! Is there any way I can print out this article? I like to examine things more closely and I use a lot of highlighters!! Thank you again for giving me a starting point, but more importantly, a new vision!

Start and end your children’s picture book story quickly — and make every word, phrase and sentence “walk the plank”. That’s excellent advice on its own. Thank you. Is it acceptable to submit the same manuscript to several mainstream publishers simultaneously and should you declare this? Is “spreading the net” likely to hinder your chances?

It is acceptable to do simultaneous submissions.

But most mainstream publishers only accept manuscripts from agents.

Also, beware that you don’t submit simultaneously to multiple agents at the same agency — only one agent per agency at a time.

This is so awesome and helpful. Thanks The John Fox!

This was a great article, lots of things I would not have thought of. Thank you

Hi, I am not sure if my story is right for kids? And I don’t know what age group it is?

Thank you so much for the information. Now I have ideas on how to go about writing children’s books. I am new in this and I believe the information will go along way in building my competencies in creating readers for Children.

I respect everything that you have written in this blog. Please continue to provide wisdom to more people like me.

Thank you so much everything you talked about is very helpful. I have someone that can help me with getting my book out there, but one question is what if you write a children’s book and you can make it into a few books to continue the story, even if the main character is not in the rest of the story. Do you just keep going with the story or Do you just start the next book as if it were a new book not of the continuation

Some series can be thematic or located in a certain place, and yet feature different characters. So I would recommend you still call it a series.

I would love to do your course to get insight into my children’s book. I want it to be perfect.

Thank you so much for this invaluable information! I’m considering my first children’s book and I am an artist so I’ll do that part but I’m just starting out and I’m excited now to begin.

Amazing Amazing article! I literally jot down points and learned so much from this article. I wish to buy the children’s book course too. He is so talented and talks right on the point.

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An amazing post with great tips as always. Anyone will find your post useful. Keep up the good work.

Hello, I would like to know where your company is located. I am interested in taking one of your courses.

Hi Cynthia, I’m located in California. But you can take courses from wherever you are in the world — I’ve had students from nearly a hundred countries.

Thank you so much John for sharing your knowledge and insight! This is great information and extremely helpful. I do have a question. I’m working with an illustrator on Fiverr. Is it still necessary to ask if they keep the rights or do I? I would assume yes, but not sure if you recommend that based on the structure and operations of Fiverr. Thank you again!

Yes, that’s a good question to ask them. Most of the people on Fiverr would agree to giving you the rights, I believe, while the higher end illustrators hired by a publishing company generally keep the rights.

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Great BOOKFOX informative and useful. Thanks.

Both the quality and quantity of the words you speak to your child matter when it comes to early literacy and language abilities. Books are a fantastic way to start chatting, telling tales, and interacting with your child. Thank you so much.

This was the exact information I was looking for as I begin my career as a writer. I appreciate all the time you have put into this amazing article regarding how to write a children’s book.

Hi! I’m curious about your course. How long are each of the videos? Or how long is all of the content put together?

Hi Andrea, most of the videos in my children’s book course are about 6 – 7 minutes. And there are 30 videos. I’ve worked hard to compress all the information you need into compact form — I don’t want to waste people’s time.

Wow! This is a great article. Do you have an article on how to write dialogue? I’m just starting my first book and I have written (and deleted) small stories for fun, but there was more action than words so the conversations were kind of boring. The main character in my book is 12 years old, so I was wondering if I should add words like, ‘literally’ or ‘like’ a lot, because the main part of my story is dialogue (my character is telling a story to her siblings.) Also, I’m a younger writer and closer to the age of my character, and I say those kinds of words frequently, but it honestly might be overkill to write them that many times in a book *if there was a laughing face emoji available I would put it here*. Your response would be greatly appreciated, Holland J

Thank you very much for sharing your wisdom and experience, John! This is excellent information that will be really useful. Anyone can sit down and scribble a children’s book, and with a little help and direction, yours could be good enough to capture the attention of thousands of kids.

Thank you so much. Based here in Ireland and I have a book idea the last 2 years and I really need to get it ready and started as I think it could be huge

Great article! I do have a question. You are speaking to picture books – where the pictures carry the story of the book and not the words. But what about if the writing carries the story and the pictures help to illustrate it? The majority of what you state would stay true but the word count would not be the same?

It’s really nice and educational for a beginner writer.

Books can encourage children to explore what they truly want to do in life. Your book could be a tool for self-discovery.

I loved reading through this. I’m working on my first children’s book series and this article brought up so many good points for my to consider when writing and publishing. Thank you for sharing!

This was exactly what I needed to come across today, very helpful and gives much food for thought. Very appreciative of your outline of the process thank you kindly

Hi. What a wonderful article and very informative too. Thank you. Lots to think about. Cheers

The high level steps, the bullet points, and the tips ar3 incredibly helpful. Thank you.

Excellent article. Very informative. Now at least I have a direction.

I’m a novice story teller with a story about adoption geared for ages 3-7. I have the basic story, photos to inspire an illustrator, but I really just want to tell the story for all of my family and friends who have experienced the JOY OF ADOPTION! I would feel so blessed if it would inspire other to adopt! We’ll see…

Extremely well-written and insightful advice. Thank you for sharing.

Great article! Thanks for the advice. Just reading this page has helped inspire me to keep moving forward with my ideas. The love I see in my daughters eyes when I read to her is my motivation to write a kids book to share that love.

Thanks for helping me “walk the plank”

I appreciate your informative article. After my son passing onto heaven he has repeatedly told me in my dreams to write a children’s book. Give little souls a chance to laugh and look more to simple tasks in a day to better one another because we are not promised tomorrow. May God bless you, Hillary D

Thanks for the honest words and great guide! Much appreciated.

Hi, I am thinking about becoming a children’s book writer, I have no experience.

Lots of great info THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!

Thanks for all of help on today 5/15/2022 a lot of information was discovered for me in this article I will be following your steps.

A very informative and well-elaborated article. Thank you so much. Has provided me with key points to consider as we write children’s books in local languages with some Ugandan primary teachers.

This is the best article that I have ever found on the internet. Very clear and helpful. Thank you!

Excellent article- so thrilled I came across it

I am glad to have come across this article. Very informativ and encouraging. Thank you!

Very good advice!

I plan to release a children’s book later this year, and I’m considering self-publishing with the help of hardcover book printing services. I appreciate the advice about how it would be best to make the character struggle and fail first before solving the problem to gain the interest of the readers. I’ll be sure to remember this while I look for hardcover book printing services to work with.

Read and then reread. Thanks!

The article is a good gist of all what children’s writer must know. Thanks a lot for this article.

Thank you, thank you! Invaluable advise for novice children’s book authors. I devoured every word in my attempt to write my first children’s book.

This has been a very helpful nicely structured review. It focused on practical points, gave useful examples.

Hello I am interested in writing a children’s book i just reviewed your notes on how and what to do my question is, if i wanted to hire you to help me with my book, do I have to take your course first? And also what is the over head view of funds i would need to publish a children’s book? Thank you very much.

Great article!!! It provided much helpful insight on heels of my self-publishing a “bucket list” children’s book recently. What John provided here is much-need food for thought for a 2nd effort.

Very good article. Well thought out, with relevant, professional information and resources. Thank you!

Not only is this a very well put together article, it even explains and demonstrates some of the elements with which a new writer might not yet be familiar. I will be reading this several times, and then some more Thanks!

A very brilliant and interesting article

I want to say a huge thank you for sharing this post. It has really been so valuable and helpful. Thanks again for sharing.

This is so helpful. Genuine guidance and because of this I am 100% interested in your services when it’s time. Too often these posts are one long advertisement but you hit the right balance between great free info and offering your services as a resource!

Very glad to hear that! Yes, I’ll be ready when you need editing.

Thanks for the article. Very informative

Hi, I’m a pensioner from NSW Australia. I have 22 cartoon Australian animals in my children’s book. All with descriptions and their personalities and where they live in the village around a pond in the Australian Outback. My illustrations have still to be coloured which I thought to do in water coloured paint. Being a pensioner, I cannot afford much and if so, would have to just print my book onto paper and keep it in the family for my grandchildren.

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How to Write a Children’s Book Families Will Love (+Template)

Many authors' dream is to write a children's book, and to inspire young minds with heartfelt stories and playful imagination. Many assume that writing for kids is easier, but writing great children's literature is no easy feat, especially if you're brand-new to the game.

In this post, we cover everything you need to know about writing a children's book, borrowing insights from experienced children's book editors like Anna Bowles, Jennifer Rees, Cara Stevens, and others. 

How to write a children’s book in 8 steps: 

1. Start with a simple, fun idea

2. cast a relatable main character, 3. structure your plot like a fairy tale, 4. consider repetition and rhyme, 5. make the story easy to follow, 6. write with illustrations in mind, 7. work with a children’s editor, 8. get an illustrator to add some visual magic.



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The best picture books are simple stories that engage children, and show them a fun or valuable perspective. Think about Dr. Seuss’s classic Green Eggs and Ham : the whole story premise is that the main character, Sam-I-Am, tries to convince his friend, a picky eater, to try green eggs and ham. It engages children with something relatable 一 being reluctant to try new foods 一 and it shows that perhaps it’s not so bad to give it a try.

If there’s one thing that most classic picture books have in common, it’s that they look at the world from a child’s perspective. 

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Address children’s hopes and doubts

It can help to write your story with a specific child in mind — one you know personally. If you are a parent, a teacher, or have dealt with kids personally, think of them as you write your story. Connect with the way they experience life and the things they value. Remember the sorts of things that make them laugh. 

Most importantly, consider what’s compelling to them. Maybe your story can address some of their fears and doubts, or evoke their most cherished moments. Wemberly Worried by Kevin Henkes is about a little mouse who’s concerned about all kinds of things — especially starting school. The story reflects an anxiety many children experience and provides a hopeful message that things will be okay. 

Illustration of a child picking up fireflies during a summer night

Dianne Ochiltree’s picture book It's a Firefly Night tells the story of a girl who catches fireflies in a jar on a warm summer night, but ultimately makes the decision to release them. This is an experience many kids will relate to 一 and will make them feel good as our young hero learns to care for and respect the little creatures around her. 

But before you run with your story idea, it’s important to validate its market potential.

Know which themes are selling right now

Try to assess what's working in the marketplace already, and if your book idea fits in. What are the most popular picture book themes?  

As long-time children’s book editor Brooke Vitale points out, the most popular picture book concepts haven’t massively changed over the years. “Across the board, the top-selling themes for picture books have been bedtime, farm, and ABC.” This is because they’re subjects kids can relate to: bedtime rituals, farm animals and their sounds, and learning to read.

“Also high on the list have been holidays, in particular Christmas, Easter, and Halloween, and the reason for this is because they're marketable.” By marketable, Vitale means that these sorts of picture books are ones that people could easily buy as gifts for children. 

Illustration of two little cats playing

Some smaller holidays are on the rise too, like Mother's and Father’s Day, as well as graduation celebrations. But you don’t have to tie your story too closely to the specific holiday you’re targeting 一 a Mother’s Day book can be about a mother-and-daughter relationship, or a graduation title can be an aspirational tale set around education, making the story evergreen and relevant year-round. 

There are always new themes bursting onto the scene, like empowerment or mindfulness, which you can tap into to bring fresh stories to market. For example, in The Princess and the Pizza , Mary Jane Auch subverts the classic princess story: instead of accepting her fate and marrying into another royal family, Princess Paulina becomes a self-sufficient founder of a pizza empire. And of course, this idea ingeniously combines three things that many children love: princesses, carbs, and cheese.

Once you’ve landed on a great story idea, don’t forget that you’ll need a memorable lead character.



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The most iconic children's book characters have distinct and relatable personalities. Think of Leo Lionni’s Frederick, a field mouse whose fondness for poetry and art is seen as distracting from his family’s efforts to gather supplies for winter. Or take Jim Panzee from Suzanne Lang’s Grumpy Monkey , another outsider who struggles with his “bad temper” while everyone around him is having fun 一 something many kids will relate to. 

Illustration of Jim Panzee, a Grumpy Monkey

Whether your main character is a child, robot, animal, or sentient gas cloud, what matters is that they feel real — with specific abilities and challenges.

Define their strengths and flaws

Young readers don’t want to read about perfect heroes, but rather characters they recognize. Memorable characters should come with their own fully realized strengths, weaknesses, conflicts, and motivations that make them compelling to their young readers. 

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Besides being relatable in their behavior, your main character should have their own sets of dreams and desires — and the willpower to realize them.  

Give them agency to reach their goals

If there’s a younger character in your book, it’s usually their story you should be telling. It should be about their dreams, and they should be the ones making decisions that drive the narrative forward. 

As Reedsy Children's editor Anna Bowles suggests, don’t forget who the heroes are. “A lot of beginners write about children as we adults often see them: as cute and slightly comical little beings. But what children actually want is stories where they are the heroes, driving the action, facing challenges, and making choices.”

Patrick Picklebottom and the Penny Book is the story of a young boy who goes to buy his favorite book. On the way home, his friends invite him to fly a drone, play video games, or scroll through social media — but he declines and gets home to read instead. In real life, a child might have a parent giving them advice, but in the book, it’s Patrick himself calling the shots. He buys the book, he says no to the various temptations, and he gets himself home to read it.  

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Once you’ve got a great story and some interesting characters, it’s time to consider your story structure. 

Even within the word limits of children’s books, you need to create a satisfying story arc that captivates young readers from the very start, takes them on an exciting journey, and culminates in a gratifying and memorable conclusion. One way to achieve this arc is to think of your story as a simple question and answer.

Ground your premise in a simple question

Picture book editor Cara Stevens , who in her long career has written and edited for Nickelodeon, Disney, and Sesame Street, believes that every story should begin with a dilemma and end with a resolution. “There's usually a question: Will Mr. Frumble get his hat? Why doesn't Priscilla like chocolate? Why doesn't Elmo want to go to the dentist? These questions are a vital point in diagnosing your story or giving it direction when you're not sure where it's going.”

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Once you’ve identified the story-driving question, you then want the character to face some challenges and doubts. 

Add conflict to the mix

Novels are often about characters dealing with a challenge, and how they change as a result of it. Children’s books are no different. Even in the simplest of narratives, the character should grow and learn something by overcoming internal and external conflicts .  

In Richard Scarry’s Be Careful, Mr. Frumble! , the title character goes on a walk on a windy day and his hat is whisked away by the wind. Will he get it back? After chasing it through trains, trees, and the sea, he does. Despite the initial worry, he finds that he’s grateful for the fun that losing his hat brought with it. 

Picture book illustration of Mr. Frumble losing his hat

Or think again of Patrick Picklebottom, who just wants to read his book: his conflict is created by his friends’ requests to do other things. By the time he reaches home, he has learned to say no and prioritize what he values most.   

Whatever journey you set your characters on, it’ll have to fit within the standard picture book’s length.

Keep it under 30 pages

It’s easy to fall in love with your story and characters and find yourself overwriting as a result. Children's books have rather standard lengths, depending on their type, and it’s important to try and stick to them to ensure your book is readable for your target audience. 

The average word count for a standard picture book falls between 400 and 800, with a length of 24 or 32 pages. The page count includes the copyright and dedication page , as well as your author bio , which means your story has to be told within 30 pages or less. With so little room, you’ll have to be mindful of the number of characters you introduce and the number of plot points they will encounter.    

Table showing picture books' average lengths and word count

At this point, you have a lot of story elements cooking and a structure to mix them in. But before you do that, you’ll want to think about the secret ingredient — style. 

Picture books often feature repetition, rhythm, and rhyme. These literary devices add a musicality to books, making them a pleasure to read or listen to. Children will want to have their favorite stories read to them repeatedly, so parents will greatly appreciate it if the words fall trippingly off their tongues when doing so. 

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Let’s have a closer look at why repetition and rhyme are so common in kids’ books.

Repetition facilitates understanding

You can use different types of repetition in picture books, such as for words, entire sentences, or sounds. You can use it to structure your story, pace it, or reinforce a certain point or concept. When executed well, it can create a nice build-up that kids can pick up and easily follow.

The Wonky Donkey by Craig Smith uses repetition in a few different ways. It starts with the narrator walking down the road and spotting a donkey. The first sentence is repeated in every scene, along with the donkey sound (Hee Haw!) Then it adds a line describing the donkey 一 its appearance, mood, and music taste (a sort of donkey dad joke). But that’s not all: each scene adds a short, rhyming description of the donkey, which, as the book progresses, keeps building up into an amusing climax.  

A picture book illustration of a donkey

Building the story incrementally through repetition and rhyme can be powerful. But remember, it’s not compulsory — and not all rhymes are created equal. 

Not all picture books rhyme

In recent years, many children’s book editors have advised against rhyming in your book. That’s because it’s quite difficult to rhyme well, and children's book agents are able to spot a bad or derivative rhyme from a mile away. That said, if you’re a master of the perfectly unexpected rhyme and you think your book demands them, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t go for it. 

Llama Llama Red Pajama is packed with rhymes from start to finish. It’s a simple story of a cria (that’s a baby llama!) waiting for their mother to comfort them at bedtime. The story’s simplicity and very short lines are perhaps some of the reasons it works so well.   

Illustration of a baby llama going to bed

If you’re writing in verse and rhyme, always read it aloud. Ask yourself if it feels forced, excessive, or awkward in any way, and whether the rhyme contributes to building the story. If it doesn’t sound quite right, you can always see what it’s like without the rhyming.

According to writer and editor Jennifer Rees , you can sometimes achieve even better results without forcing it. “So often, I get some really sing-songy stuff that forces the reader into a rhythm that people think is fun — but in truth, it just drags on. 

“There are so many gorgeously written picture books that do not rhyme but they just sound beautiful. Someone has really paid attention to how the lines read and how each and every single word sounds when you read it out loud.” 

There are also a few more literary choices to consider as you write your story…

Your core audience is at a crucial stage of their mental development and is currently mastering basic literacy skills. This calls for a few considerations as you write and edit your children’s book .

Start the story quickly

Even at the best of times, kids have limited attention spans. It's essential that you jumpstart the action with some sort of hook in the first few pages. This ‘hook’ could come in the form of an intriguing character or an inciting incident . 

The inciting incident of Dr. Seuss’s classic The Cat in the Hat , as you might recall, is an intriguing character. After setting up a scene with two bored siblings, Seuss introduces a mysterious cat who invites himself into their home. Is the cat good or bad? Should he stay or should he go? The reader understands that the cat brings chaos with him, and the story is set in motion. 

Illustration of The Cat in The Hat by Dr. Seuss

Once the story has started, it’s just as important to maintain a good pace. Each scene should ideally act as a little hook that builds the tempo or raises the stakes until the story's resolution.

Another important thing to consider is your choice of words. 

Use age-appropriate vocab

There are many great places to show off your bombastic grandiloquence, but a kid’s book is not one of them. Children won't be impressed by four-syllable words — they'll only be confused by them. That said, children's editor Jenny Bowman often tells her authors that, when used intentionally and sparingly, the occasional big word can be welcome. “Children are smarter than you think, and context can be a beautiful teacher.” 

To figure out the most fitting vocabulary for your story you can read other books for kids in your age group, or browse famous word sets for early readers, like the Fry and Dolch lists or the Children’s Writer Word Book , which feature the most commonly used words for children’s books depending on their age. 

It’s not just the vocabulary that needs a double-check. Also consider your characters, their behaviors, and the environments they inhabit 一 they should all be tailored to resonate with a child’s life experience. A talking eagle who’s a corporate lawyer working on a big M&A case might not be as relatable as a little mouse on her first day at school.  

To know if you’re on the right track, the best thing you can do is road-test your early drafts with their intended audience.

Ask a child what they think

Read your story out loud to children and parents in your social circle. Pay attention to how it sounds with an audience, and whether it invokes an emotional response. Kids are usually pretty honest, so their feedback will be some of the most valuable you’ll receive. 

Aim for a few rounds of reactions, and incorporate their suggestions as much as possible. Only once you have thumbs-ups from your young beta readers should you begin to think about your next step, which is to start combining your words with powerful visuals. 

In contrast to many other types of books, where words alone are sufficient to tell a story, in picture books text and illustrations complement each other to create a more immersive experience. Whether you’re planning to bring in an illustrator or pick up a pen and brush yourself, you should always be thinking of pictures when you’re drafting your manuscript

Think in terms of scenes

Think of your book like a (very) short movie. Every time you flip a page, you enter a new scene that holds the potential to surprise your young readers. To achieve this effect, consider placing your surprises strategically on the other side of page turns. 

To help you visualize the flow of your story and its pacing, try using a storyboard template to mock up your visuals and match your text to the right scenery.


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Let the visuals do the talking

When self-editing your manuscript, try to cut unnecessary sentences and let the visuals do the talking instead (by showing, instead of telling .) There’s no need to squander your precious word count describing the weather or a character’s clothes if the pictures can do the same. So instead of writing them into your manuscript, include those details in your art notes so that your illustrator will know precisely how to represent them. 

Once you’ve written and rewritten your children’s story, consider bringing on board a children’s book editor to polish it further. 

If you've gotten feedback, self-edited extensively, and still feel your children's book isn't quite there, consider hiring a professional children's editor . Their years of experience will both improve your storytelling and make sure that your book is ready for the market.

Fortunately, we have the best children's editors right here on Reedsy, many of whom have worked with major authors like Daisy Meadows (author of the Rainbow Magic series) and R.L. Stine!



Make your story sing

Work with a professional children’s book editor to take your book to the next level.

There are two types of picture book editors you may be looking for:

Developmental editors. These editors will look at your story’s backbone, from characters and settings, to the story plot and concept, and make sure it’s solid and ready for the market. They will also comment on whether you used rhyme and repetition wisely, if you need to change the time frame or point-of-view, and suggest other potential improvements.  

Copy editors. The copy editor will correct your typos, spelling, and grammar, assess your choice of words, and make comments to ensure your text is perfectly polished. 

Very often, you can find a single editor to handle both services — they’ll give your book a developmental edit, provide any notes for revising your draft, then copy-edit the manuscript once you’ve made the changes.

Read our post on children’s book costs to find out the average price for each service. If you’re self-publishing, there’s one important part of your budget you’ll want to put aside: that would be to hire a skilled illustrator to bring your words to life.  

If you want to publish your book traditionally, don’t bother looking for an illustrator. It will be handled by the company who will represent your work, as they prefer to be in charge of that. Just prepare your picture book query letter and start pitching agents. 

If instead you’re self-publishing your picture book , you’ll have to locate your very own Quentin Black. We wrote an in-depth guide on how to hire a children’s book illustrator , but one of the most important points is to determine your ideal illustration style.



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Identify the visual style for your book

What style best captures the mood and world of your story? Perhaps your book is for very young readers, who will enjoy bright, bold, and graphic illustrations. Perhaps you’re aiming at a slightly older audience, who’ll appreciate whimsical characters and a more muted color palette.

Various illustration styles of humans in picture books

Each illustrator brings a distinct touch to their human characters, from intricate linework to striking realism, edgy designs to gentle human-like figures. You’ll have plenty of options to choose from, depending on what you’ve envisioned for your book. 

To find your ideal professional, gather a range of references to make sure you have ample inspiration and “mentor texts” to refer back to. Browse through your favorite kids' books, or the portfolios of some professionals, and identify what you like — and, perhaps just as importantly, anything you definitely don’t like. This post on 20 children’s book illustrators will be a helpful jumping-off point in finding visual references and the vocabulary to describe what you’re looking for.

While some artists might welcome a challenge, and enjoy trying out a new style, the best way to guarantee results that you like is to find an artist whose style already matches your vision fairly closely — rather than asking them to fit a square peg into a round hole.

And there you have it! Once you've completed these steps, you'll have a completed children's book ready for publication. Make sure to check out our guide on how to publish your children’s book for more information on how to get your story in the hands (and hearts) of your young readers.

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10/02/2019 – 10:53

Where can I listen to my target audience if the kids around me don't speak English?

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11/02/2019 – 09:08

Thanks to the internet, that's not so much of a problem anymore. Social media and online communities can make it a lot easier to find your ideal audience. Check out this post we wrote about target markets from children's books:

Jeff Dearman says:

08/05/2019 – 12:28

There's also newer illustrators looking to get their foot in the door who might be willing to help for relatively cheap compared to the more establish artists the more establish artists will want a lot more $$$$ , so look around. if youre on college campus or recent grad and know some illustrators or a friend or family member who does great art. ask them . Offer like $100-300 for black and white story boards and maybe a couple colored cover designs or what not and give them full authority and ownership over the art and development of the characters. Once the work is done maybe offer them a bonus if they do good work. There's plenty of newer illustrators with extremely good talent who are looking for opportunities.

You can also go to places like the New England film board and or other boards or even reddit and put out a post saying you're looking for an illustrator interested in getting material for their portfolio and offer them the ability to develop the characters etc. and such and offer lke a couple hundred bucks for sketches/character storyboards. - also state you'll put them into a writers' contract and split any royalties once the time comes if the book is susccessfl and write out an agreement you both sign. and agree to.

Penelope Smith says:

24/08/2019 – 04:32

Writing a children's book does seem like it could be tricky. I liked that you pointed out that you should look at that an illustrator past work. Also, it seems like a good thing to consider asking them to draw a sample page for the book. After all, you would want to check they draw in a style you like.

Sjsingh says:

20/11/2019 – 14:04

"pug"book writer Sharma is said a sardaarni, she is not a "Kaur", Kaur can be said as sardaarni. And what a mockery she has done for tying pug, real sardaarni never can dare to do that. Pug is very respectful in Sikhs and many other cast too, and she has made it joke, she has done very wrong to the sentiments and feelings of many Indians. And you have any humanity you should Apologize for this heart breaking act , Publisher has done not less than you. Have you ever thought , write a book on tying a saari or lungi in same style and illustration used in "pug"?

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great books for 3-4 year olds about diversity; family relationship

With whimsical illustrations and flowing rhymes, children and parents alike will enjoy the never-ending possibilities of the future. Explore all the hopes and dreams parents have for their children in this New York Times Best Seller .

4. All By Myself by Mercer Mayer (Ages 2-4)

Little Critter wants to show you all the things he can do by himself–tie his shoes, brush his hair, ride his bike. Children can easily step into the shoes of Little Critter and parents will appreciate the effort to learn independence!

See All By Myself Here >>

5. Don’t Push the Button! by Bill Cotter (Ages 2-4)

*USA Today Bestseller – great interactive book

Don't Push the Button: interactive books for 3 year olds to read aloud

Prepare to be tempted! Follow along in this silly, unpredictable story of what just might happen if we gave the button one little push.

6. If Animals Kissed Goodnight by Ann Whitford Paul (Ages 3-6)

If Animals Kissed Goodnight: best 3 year old books Amazon

If animals kissed goodnight, what would it look like? Would the giraffe and her baby kiss up high or would the seal and his pup give sweet wet kisses?

Discover the unique ways that humans and animals express their love for one another. See this book >>

7. All About Weather: A First Weather Book for Kids by Huda Harajili (Ages 3-5)

#1 Best Seller (great nonfiction book for 3-year-olds!)

All About Weather: A First Weather Book For Kids

Don’t miss this exciting weather adventure ! Kids and parents will enjoy learning about the seasons, why it rains, how rainbows are formed, and more.

Explore vibrant drawings and simple-to-understand explanations to answer all of your little one’s weather-related questions.

8. Paw Patrol 5 Minute Stories Collection by Random House (Ages 3-7)

Paw Patrol Stories: Best books for 2-3 year olds to read aloud; toddler books; boys and girls

This collection of stories features your favorite pup heroes–Chase, Rocky, Zuma, Skye, Marshall, Rubble–and their Adventure Bay missions to save the day! Each story can be read in 5 minutes or less – so perfect for kids bedtime books .

Get on a roll with Nickelodeon’s Paw Patrol !

9. Disney Frozen (Little Golden Book) by Victoria Saxon (Ages 2-5)

Frozen: story books 3 year olds will love 2022

Walt Disney Animation Studios presents Frozen , a cool adventure of two sisters and their new friends trying to save their kingdom. Explore the magic, icy powers, and mythical creatures with Anna, Elsa, Olaf, Kristoff, and Sven. 

10. I’m Feeling Mad: Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood by Natalie Stra (Ages 2-4)

*Perfect for Daniel Tiger fans!

I'm Feeling Mad: Daniel Tiger

I’m Feeling Mad teaches little ones different ways to acknowledge and express their anger. With simple step-by-step directions, Daniel and friends can feel confident handling big emotions.

*Parents and caregivers will appreciate the tips to help when your child feels mad too.

11. Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site by Sherri Dusky Rinker (Ages 2-4)

#1 New York Times Best Seller

Goodnight Goodnight Construction Site: story books for three year olds on Amazon 2023; 2024; early literacy

Even the most active of children will settle down for bed while listening to this soothing bedtime story . As the tough machines finish up their long day of work, say goodnight construction site and enjoy a job well done.  

12. Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed by Eileen Christelow (Ages 0-3)

*Easy to read aloud

5 Little Monkeys: best interactive books for 3 year olds

Based on the classic nursery rhyme, Fives Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed , will delight small readers with its silly monkey energy and a surprise ending!

Have fun as your own little monkey is introduced to counting, and learns you should always listen to mama. (This is a great read aloud book for 1 year olds too)

See Five Little Monkeys Here >>

13. Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle (Ages 1-3)

Little Blue Truck

Beep Beep! Follow along as Little Blue Truck gets stuck in the muck and needs the help of his farm animal friends. Plus, learn along the way that it’s always best to be kind to everyone. 

14. A is for Apple by Tiger Tales (Ages 2-5)

A is for Apple: Best educational books for 3 year olds

This interactive trace-and-flip board book will keep children wanting to learn their ABC’s!

Young readers are introduced to the alphabet using their fingers to trace letters and discover their first words. Parents are encouraged to point, make sounds, and practice hand-eye coordination throughout this innovative teaching tool.

See more interactive kids books like this !

15. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle (Ages 2-5)

#1 Best Seller – best classic book for 3 year olds

Brown Bear, Brown Bear: classic books 3 year olds, 3-4 year olds; story books

The vibrant colored pages and singsong-like text in this beloved classic will have small readers wanting to start from the beginning again!

Kids learn both animals and colors as creatures splash across the pages of the story .

 16. Corduroy by Don Freeman (Ages 2-5)

Corduroy, classic; children's books; picture; preschoolers

Corduroy tells the heartwarming tale of a bear yearning for a loving family. When he discovers he is missing a button he goes on an adventure to fix his “flaw.”

A beautiful story about unconditional love that kids enjoy reading generation after generation.

17. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle (Ages 0-3)

#1 Best Seller Story Book

The Very Hungry Caterpillar: best classic books for 3 year olds, 2-3 year olds

Innovative and beautifully illustrated, The Very Hungry Caterpillar , follows a small caterpillar trying to satisfy the ultimate hunger.

The creative cut-outs, delicious-looking treats, and colorful depictions continue to delight young readers!

18. Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Goodnight, Clubhouse! by Grace Baranowski (ages 3-5)

Say goodnight with Mickey Mouse and friends in this fun bedtime story! Be a part of the ultimate sleepover with Mickey Mouse, Minnie, Donald, Daisy, and Goofy.

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19. Llama Llama Time to Share by Anna Dewdney (Ages 2-5)

* Fun to read aloud

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Llama Llama has a hard time sharing with new neighbor Nelly Nu during a playdate. He’s not sure he wants to share all his toys!

This book is enjoyable for both kids and parents, fostering a sense of encouragement to share with new friends.

20. How do Dinosaurs Say I Love You by Jane Yolen (Ages 0-3)

*Great for dinosaur lovers

How Do Dinosaurs Say I Love You; toddler books; read aloud; bedtime; favorite

You can never have enough ways to say “I love you!”

Both dinosaurs and children need the reminder that, even when they’re naughty, they are loved . No matter what. So get ready to add a few extra hugs and kisses during this sweet storytime together. 

21. Bear Feels Sick by Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman (Ages 3-7)

*More than 1 million books sold

best 3 year old book series to read

Bear doesn’t feel well. But it’s okay because his loyal friends come to make him feel better. Watch as the forest animals take care of their dear bear…until they get sick too!

The sweet rhymes in this book make it my favorite to read to the kids.

See Bear Wants More and Bear Snores On for more in this book series for 3-year-olds>>

22. Grumpy Monkey by Suzanne Lang (Best Books for Ages 3-7)

#1 New York Times Bestselling Book

Grumpy Monkey; paperback; early literacy

This chimpanzee is in a very bad mood. He doesn’t know why, and his friends can’t understand it either. So, they try to help. But the monkey has a bit of a meltdown instead.

Maybe this monkey just needs to be grumpy?

*Find more excellent books for 2 year olds here >>

23. One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss (Ages 3-7)

*Fun, funny, and easy to read

Dr. Seuss Classic books for 3-5 year olds, three years

Introduce kids to Dr. Seuss with this whimsical book full of silly rhymes and colorful creatures. This beginner book will help kids with simple words and illustrations – in a great portable size.

“You can find magic wherever you look. Sit back and relax, all you need is a book!” – Dr. Seuss

24. We’re Different, We’re the Same (Sesame Street) (Ages 3-7)

*Best 3 year old book about diversity

Join Elmo in teaching little ones that despite outward differences, we are fundamentally the same. Embrace the idea that our unique qualities make the world interesting and special.

See this Sesame Street treasure here >>

25. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr. & John Archambault (Ages 1-4)

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom: interactive 3 year old books to read aloud; kids' books; hardcover

One of the best classic books for 3 year olds, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom will have you clapping along to the fun alphabet chant.

Watch as your favorite letters race up the tree….but will there be enough room for all of them?

26. Oliver West It’s Time to Get Dressed by Kelly Louise (Ages 3-6)

*Best for helping with routines!

This unique book is about empowering kids through routine and independence. If you’re looking to establish a better routine with your little one, follow Oliver as he learns to get dressed on his own.

*This website is full of great routine help! Check out these for more:

  • Free morning routine chart
  • Daily Kids Routine Examples
  • Great Kids Habit Ideas

27. The Wonky Donkey by Craig Smith (Ages 3-5)

#1 Best seller & laugh-out-loud funny!

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This fun read-aloud is both silly and endearing. The “hee haw” words will have kids laughing out loud as you adventure through the book with the crazy and wonky donkey.

28. Tiny T. Rex and the Impossible Hug by Jonathan Stutzman and Jay Fleck (Ages 3-5)

*Amazon Best Books Ages 3-4

Tiny T Rex. and the Impossible Hug; best books for 3-5 year olds

This small t-rex is facing a BIG problem. He needs to hug his friend to cheer her up, but he’s just sooo tiny. Is it impossible?

See it here >>

29. Help! My Dinosaurs are Lost in the City!

*Great activity book for ages 2-4

Spot the dinosaurs in this fun hide and seek style book ! Travel through different places as you seek and find these lovable dinos.

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Then keep reading for good educational finds!

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Finally, these educational activity books will have your three year old bursting with knowledge (and staying busy too!)

30. First 100 Stickers: Animals (Ages 3-6)

*3-4 year olds love these

The First 100 Animals: sticker book

Your child will have fun with over 500 colorful animal stickers as they enjoy this interactive and educational activity book. Find and match the correct stickers with the correct empty spaces.

See this sticker book here >>

*See more great books for 4 year olds >>

31. My First Toddler Coloring Book (Best Books for Ages 1-3)

#1 Bestseller for early education books

coloring book for toddlers: best activity books for 3 year olds; non-fiction

Kids have fun with numbers, letters, shapes, colors, and animals as they explore this educational first coloring book .

32. ABC My First Learn to Write Workbook (Ages 3-5)

#1 Best Seller for Handwriting

Help kids practice tracing, line tracing, and pen control with this fun writing workbook . You’ll find colorful pages with 75+ handwriting exercises – setting kids up for success early.

33. National Geographic: The Little Kids First Big Book of Why

#1 Best Seller in Children’s Mystery and Wonder Books

Little Kids First Big Book of Why: Best educational books for 3-year-olds

This first book for small learners uses an interactive question-and-answer format to engage kids in the world around them. Enjoy lively information, hands-on games, and easy recipes too!

This is such a fun and colorful book to encourage kids to keep wondering about the world around them.

34. My First Library: Boxset: Best 3 Year Old Board Books (Ages 1-3)

*With word labels that build vocabulary

My first library: nonfiction books fro 3-5 year olds

This comprehensive board book set gives you all the essentials in one place! Explore basic learning topics and everyday objects with your toddler using vivid pictures.

35. School Zone: Big Preschool Workbook (Ages 3-5)

*Hugely popular

Finally, this useful preschool workbook features fun and interactive activities that help your toddler with basic preschool concepts. It’s great for independent play too!

Free Printable pdf of the best books for 3 year olds!

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Why are books important for 3-year-olds?

Read-alouds benefit all children at an early age.

Reading together:

  • Strengthens your parent-child bond
  • Enhances your child’s sense of security
  • Improves imagination
  • Increases vocabulary

Pro tip: Make reading part of a regular routine before nap or bedtime. When your toddler knows what to expect, everyone will enjoy reading together more.

What’s Next?

Next, grab these free bookmarks to color and free reward coupons printable if you need help with keeping kids motivated.

Here’s a list of educational free printable books your preschooler will love too.

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