Despite the decline in recent years, the children’s books is still a billion dollar industry and the demand for 2019 best children’s books remain high.

Children’s books have always endeared readers with their light reading and enticing illustrations. Most book lovers started their love of books through children’s book stories. Most of them are timeless classics that narrate memorable adventures that offer valuable lessons in life. Other Children’s Book types include picture books, poetry, fairy tales, animal stories, general fiction, and young adult (YA) literature.

With thousands of children’s books published every year in the United States and in the UK, coming up with a quality content and top of the line layout and illustration is a challenge every self-publishing author must face.

Just like other book genres, the children’s books also have its own set of features. What makes the children’s books unique is that it has a number of book types. Each book type carries its own standard. However, according to , these are the four characteristics of a good children’s book:

  1. “Children’s books have a simple idea and theme. Children’s books do not have complicated plots and sub-plots (most of them). In addition, they do not have unrealistic characters or situations. Everything that happens in a children’s book – unless it is a fantasy or fairy tale – happens in real life.
  2. Children’s books have characters that are real. The characters in children’s books seem real, even in fairy tales. These characters, like the young readers, make mistakes and learn. The characters experience physical and emotional growth as the story advances.
  3. Children’s books contain lessons. The most important thing about children’s books is that they leave lessons for its readers. Every story has a lesson to teach not only the children but also the adults who read to them as well. These lessons are simple ones that are easy to understand. Examples are “do not lie”, “do not cheat”, or do not fight with your siblings”. Although children’s books have an “a-ha!” element to them, their stories are not predictable. The stories can get the young readers thinking and analyzing the situation.
  4. Children’s books come with big or readable text and captivating illustrations. Children are visual readers, especially the younger ones. They depend a lot on images even if they can already read and understand the story. Therefore, a good children’s book has illustrations that can easily captivate or catch the attention of the children. The illustrations offer an element of excitement, so the children will keep reading, eager to find out what will happen next (or what the next illustrations will look like). Besides, it is always more interesting if the words you read have a visual representation. Also, the text of children’s books should be big enough, so it will be easy for them to read.”

In addition, great children’s books contain narratives and word count appropriate to their respective age brackets.

Children below 5 years old usually read picture books that contain less than 500 words.

For fairy tales and animal stories read by children ages 5 and up, book contain 2,000 to 5,000 words.

Chapter books for age 6 to 9 years old do not go beyond the 10,000-word count.

Middle Grade, Young Teen, and Young Adult books range from 60,000 to 70,000 words.

The success of a children’s book rely largely on the choice of imagery and illustrations that capture their interests.

Children have short attention span. In order to get their interests, children’s books incorporate drawings and illustrations into children’s book for easy read.

Illustrations that have vibrant colors and movements easily capture the kids’ interest. Creating a charming character with humor appeal generally to young readers.

Young readers put a premium on print quality and material. As such, it is essential that readers are able to feel and touch what is top quality paper. Aside from having large prints, great children’s books are characterize by its thick, glossy pages.

Samples of ReadersMagnet Children’s Book covers.

Publishers are printing thousands of children’s books every year but the key to success is finding the perfect publishing partner.

ReadersMagnet Self-Publishing offers various publishing and marketing services. From nursery rhymes to fairy tale stories, ReadersMagnet commits itself to sharing quality children’s books with the world. This is evidenced by their children’s book self-publishing packages ensuring that authors get the affordable and top of the line books for young audiences.

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