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There are many little ways to enlarge your child's world. Love of books is the best of all - Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

>> 29 November 2007

Or - how to write a children's book...

Our son is starting to get into books :-)

He is 18 months old and yesterday he sat next to me on the couch actually listening to the entire story of the little mole who doesn't want to go to bed.

The reason might be that little mole has a teddy or blancky that looks just like our son's Rufus (a little lion with blue and white striped pants) and that I have adapted the storytelling accordingly.

This triggered of course an extensive research on the internet for more books of that sort: books with a little story that tell a little lesson, with nice pictures that babies his age can relate to. He is not done yet with the books that have just pictures (he loves his big truck book - although I find it too American looking - and books with Nijntje), but he seems to start the phase where he wants to be read to.

I have often thought about writing and drawing children's books. The big question is of course: where do I start? I have lots of stories, there are lots of sites with good advice. The problem seems to be my overcrowded mind :-)

So I want to throw two questions at you:

  1. If you bought just ONE book for your child (age group 1,5 to 3) which one would it be?
  2. If you could decide on the content/story of the book yourself, what would it be about, what would it look like, what would it definitely NOT have?

Oh and any other tips in that direction are of course welcome.

Many thanks.


La delirante 3 December 2007 at 10:18  

Great post! I am already planning which books are "a must" for my children's library (well, future children) :)

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