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The Illustrationist - From Idea to book #6

There might be a small number of ideas to present in early years books, but no limit to how you can p
The Illustrationist
The Illustrationist - From Idea to book #6
By Ken Wilson-Max • Issue #6 • View online
There might be a small number of ideas to present in early years books, but no limit to how you can present them! Learn these subjects, and add your unique style to make new and wonderful books. Simple.

Writing & illustatrating for young children is a lot of fun!
Writing & illustatrating for young children is a lot of fun!
If you are thinking of creating books for children from birth to five years of age there aren’t that many subjects to talk about. Think about it, these people are still finding their place in the world.
But for them everything is new! So the range of subjects is not a problem at all. Instead, focus on telling the story your way.
The best thing about creating books for the every young is that if they become book lovers it will be in part or solely because of their early experiences with books, i.e., YOU!
How to create an inspiration
Here are ten subjects that you can start with for very young children and their parents; concepts (think colour, shape, size, opposites…), alphabet, numbers, basic language (think phonetically), rhyme, identification (think about things that are in their environment, vocabulary), action (think verbs), feelings, consequences, emotions.
How you bring them to life is where your own point of view and creativity come into play. Back it up with some solid research, clarity of thought and most of all fun and you will be on to something good.
These days ensuring that all children can see their reality reflected in books is significant (about time) so its a great advantage if you have a different background and can express it.
If in doubt, read aloud!
So many creators forget who they are working for, especially as the deadline draws closer. Reading your words aloud to yourself, or others will immediately let you know of things are working, or if you need to reconsider your ideas. It’s also good practice for when you are doing your first pubic reading. Don’t just read it, perform it!

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