Writing children’s books can be one of the easiest genres in which to write because children are so easy to please in most cases. The difficult part is being able to write on the writing level of children. Not every author is able to do that, but for those who can, the genre is quite lucrative since children are probably the biggest readers of all. If it’s not because they want to read, they are required by their teachers to read something each night, and that means more books are needed to accommodate that requirement.
Unlike adult books, children’s books are available in many different sub genres—at least as the children reach the level where they are reading chapter books (about first or second grade). Within those books you will find many different kinds of books include those with different series such as Boxcar Kids, Nancy Drew, Sweet Valley High, Babysitters Club and many more. Children have their own preferences, so to be a good children’s writer, you need to be able to write in a way that appeals to your audience. Most children enjoy mystery or ghost stories which are shown by their interest in the Scooby Doo series, so you may want to read some of the best selling children’s book in order to develop an idea of the kind of books that appeal to children.
Children are also interested in the fanzine kind of book such as those starring Hannah Montana, The Bratz, and other similar books. Though you cannot specific write about these characters due to copyright issues, that doesn’t mean you can’t develop a style that fits within the storylines that are included in these books. For example, you might develop a character similar to Hannah Montana (be careful of too many similarities or you will edge on copyright infringement) and create your own series. You might also come up with single books that focus on mysteries or ghost stories that you know children will enjoy. If you have your own children, you can rely on them for ideas.
Do not think because you are writing for young readers that it is going to be easy. In many ways children are more discriminating in their reading than adults, so you want to write books that will encourage them to read rather than create a distaste in books. The early reading books are much easier because young children are not as particular about the story content of books but as they get to the age they are reading chapter books, it becomes more difficult for the author of children’s books to know just what the children like to read at a given moment in time.
Once the children reach the young adult reading stage, it becomes more challenging for the children’s book author to write books that are going to make the children want to read. It is not impossible, but you have to focus on the children and what they like. By the time they are in the preteen age, they may change what they like to read on a daily or weekly basis, so you have to be able to keep up in order to retain your readership.