General Characteristics of Children´s Literature. happily ever after….
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All stories should have a happy ending. Even when there is a culprit who gets in trouble at the end, it should generally be nature, not man punishing him/her (as recommended by psychologists, with exception of the police being the punishers such as in the case of the comic story books).
“After a brief battle, the heroes save the day” (Batman).
Language should be more simple, but even this is not mandatory as there are many children´s books designed for increasing vocabulary. Always keep the age group you are targeting in mind when you are writing. Playing with words such as rhyming or using alliterations (when all the words start with the same letter) is also encouraged.
And here's a new trick, Mr. Knox.... Socks on chicks and chicks on fox. Fox on clocks on bricks and blocks. Bricks and blocks on Knox on box. (Fox in Socks)
A great story has some type of moral or learning objective which the child will learn from the characters in the story. Whether it is a message of how to be a good citizen or friend, or whether it is another way to learn the alphabet, some type of learning objective should be a goal.
“And never bite your dentist when he works inside your head. Your dentist is your teeth´s best friend, bite carrot sticks instead!” (The Tooth Book).
The pace of the book has to be somewhat fast; otherwise the child will lose interest. Therefore, keep the plot moving! Start the adventure early and don´t waste too many pages on descriptions or other things which steer away from the plot.
”If you give a pig a party, she´sgoing to ask you for someballoons. When you giveher the balloons, she´llwant to decorate the house…”(If You Give a Pig a Party).