As any children’s book author will attest, writing for children is not easier than writing for adult readers. In fact, it’s probably more difficult. A child’s attention span is so short that there isn’t a minute to spare in capturing and holding their interest. The story must be appealing to the child to have them captivated until the end. And the key to crafting a picture book that holds the kids, parents, and editors alike is to give it a unique plot. Whether you’re writing for children on either the younger or older end of the children’s book spectrum—the plot is the crucial ingredient in a book that a child begs to be read over and over.
The plot is what stories, like Lynda Daniele Children’s book Grandpa Nick’s Bump, move beyond relating a mere incident to sketching a truth or lesson that resonates long after it’s read. Unfortunately, in a children’s book, there is not a lot of space to develop an extremely complex and multilayered plot. The reality is, children’s books give you limited word count to communicate an entire story, with otherworldly, magical, and extremely engaging events unfolding through the page, to the satisfaction of both parent and child. Hence, making the plot something you have to nail immediately.