In Planning A Writing Project For Children

Updated: Feb 20, 2019

In planning a writing project, one of the first things that you need to do is figure out who you are writing for. You'll need to understand what their interests are, what level of reading they're at, their reading ability.

Children are constantly changing, learning, and growing physically, mentally, and emotionally.

Jean Piaget, is one of the main specialists in child development. As a child psychologist, he identified four stages of mental growth in children:

1. Sensorimotor Stage: (Birth to 2 Years) = Baby and Toddler Books

  • at this level, the child's primary concern is with gaining motor control and learning about physical objects.

2. Preoperational Stage: (Ages 2 to 7) = Picture Books

  • at this level, the child is preoccupied with the development of verbal skill including the naming of objects.

  • They reason intuitively.

  • Intuition is the ability to know something by immediately recognizing what it is, without having to think about it.

3. Concrete Operational Stage: (Ages 7 to 12) = Easy Readers, Chapter Books, Middle-Age Fiction and Nonfiction.

  • at this level, the child begins to deal with abstract concepts, such as numbers and relationships.

4. Formal Operational Stage: (Ages 12 to 15) = Teenage/Young Adult Fiction and Nonfiction.

  • at this level, the child begins to reason logically and systematically.

  • Readers fall within these categories:

  • age, developmental

  • reading-level groups.

  • Your characters and plots must reflect the curiosities of the group for whom you are writing.

Types Of Children's Books



These books are for newborns to toddlers. They have thick pages, brightly colored pictures meant to stimulate growth both mentally and emotionally. This type features cardboard construction and a multitude of textures. Although easily used by the child alone, these books tend to engage the participation of the adult too.

Many board books teach counting, identifying objects and use a touch and learn perspective for tiny readers. Unfortunately, this market is quite overwhelmed with board book writers, so much so, that most publishers are not interested in acquiring new works unless incredibly original.

Board books must be printed and bound directly on thick paperboard. Board books must be durable and made to withstand the chomping, chewing, bending and attempted tearing that babies and toddlers love to make part of their early reading experience.

All of Pint Size’s board books are printed directly on a thick paperboard, creased, folded, collated, bound, trimmed and then round cornered and sometimes shaped. Every board book should be produced using safe materials and processes that provide the highest level of quality and production consistency.

Create your own board book: HERE


For children ages one to six. During this age range, children's attention span has increased to five to ten minutes. Because of this, pictures books are kept short, no more than 32 pages, and are usually read to children by adults during one book reading session. They are engaged enough to want to hear the story cover to cover.

In these books, humor, surprises and even silliness is favored.

Children of this age group want happy endings, endings that leave them feeling fulfilled and satisfied.

Authors for these books create their stories using humans, animals and even machines.


A picture book combines visual and verbal narratives in a book format, most often aimed at young children. The images in picture books use a range of media such as oil paints, acrylics, watercolor, and pencil, among others. Two of the earliest books with something like the format picture books still retain now were Heinrich Hoffmann's Struwwelpeter from 1845 and Beatrix Potter's The Tale of Peter Rabbit from 1902.

Some of the best-known picture books are Robert McCloskey's Make Way for Ducklings, Dr. Seuss' The Cat In The Hat, and Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are. The Caldecott Medal and Kate Greenaway Medal are awarded annually for illustrations in children's literature. From the mid-1960s several children's literature awards include a category for picture books.

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