|One of my son's favorite 4RV Books
by: Stephanie Burkhart
Children enjoy a good story. My son is 7 now and he's a very enthusiastic reader. His favorite stories are the Dr. Suess books. They're whimsical and appeal to his imagination. Other favorites include the Magic Tree House and Magic School Bus series.
Themes are the glue that help bring a story together, and when it comes to children's writing certain themes have a tendency to attract children. The books I mentioned above have an element of "magic" or "the unbelievable" which appeals to the imagination, but I noticed most of them have a theme that deals with facing adversity.
Other themes that appeal to children include:
Good vs Evil
Telling the Truth
Rags to Riches
Rooting for the Underdog.
When you're getting ready to write your story, take a moment to reflect: What's the theme? Is it strong enough to hold the story together? What will a young reader remember? Themes help to grow and develop your character and they give your plot a good, solid backbone.
Here's a challenge: Pick out your favorite children's book and share the theme with us. If you're a children's writer, what themes do you gravitate toward writing? Can you suggest any themes I haven't mentioned? I'd love to hear your thoughts.
Author Bio: Stephanie Burkhart is a 911 dispatcher for LAPD. Her short story, "Made in America" placed 8th in the Mainstream/Literary category in the 82nd Writer's Digest Competition. She lives in Southern California and is a Den Leader for her son's Cub Scouts Den.
Her children's book, "The Giving Meadow" is published with 4RV Publishing. Caterpillar travels through a meadow learning to care and share with others.
"The Giving Meadow is a charming story about friendship, generosity, kindness, and support when changes occur which are out of our control." 5 Stars, Tami Dee, Reviewer.