Adults can learn from children’s books

Published 12:00 am Saturday, January 9, 2021

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Children’s books – I’m a huge fan, because I’ve been reading them all my life. I still remember two of my favorites from the 20th Century: “Bobby and His Airplanes” and “Come Visit My Ranch.” What makes them special?

(1) They tell a simple story. (2) They generally have only one main character. (3) The character must solve a problem or figure out an answer.

And, most of these books emphasize a POSITIVE MESSAGE. They present new information to the child, or they teach a lesson that will be useful later.

Sadly, we adults often forget these basic ideas when we sit down to write a story. Next time you’ve got to write something, can you convey a positive, easy-to-understand message?


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