Sunday, October 27, 2013

Writing themes that appeal to Children

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
Being Fair
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. 


  1. hey nice post meh, You are one of the best writers I've seen of recent. I love your style of blogging here. this post reminds me of an equally interesting post that I read some time ago on Daniel Uyi's blog: How To Find Success With Dating Girls .
    keep up the good work friend. I will be back to read more of your posts.


  2. Helpful post, Stephanie. Themes are important to children's books. I tend to write with good/evil themes, but my new PB series in the works with 4RV is about kids fighting the good fight for the environment. I think most of all, children's books should subtly teach children something.

  3. I love the pics of your books, Stephanie. Good thoughts.

  4. Dear Stephanie,
    Thanks for a great post. It is fun to study the myriad of themes in children's books. Good luck with all of your writing!
    Never Give Up
    Joan Y. Edwards

  5. It loves to have such a great post. Stephanie your post is too great that I also love to read the whole post and imagine how much this post is interesting for the children. You have written the best topic with the best theme. Children love to read books having good theme and colorful pictures and your idea is same like the best choice of the kids. Stephanie, this website is also providing the best article on the topic you need to write. If you have the best theme you can take your article or story from here by submitting the name of the topic.