Playing Around With Ideas

Take a good look at the latest children's books, particularly those which are recommended for use within the National Curriculum. You will find that they deal with a staggering variety of topics, ranging from serious lifestyle issues to fantasy adventures.

When writing for very young children, you need to use simple, basic concepts and familiar situations. As their social skills develop, humour plays a much larger part and includes slapstick, puns, one-line jokes and wisecracking characters.

Once the child approaches teenage, the range of topics matches that of adult material, the main difference being the fast-paced style, vocabulary and attitude. The teenage novel is a rapidly expanding market for authors who have the ability to identify with this difficult stage of a child's development.

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