I wanted to share with you why books are so important books and give you some tips on what makes up a book. Not only do we need to know how to write a word or sentence, we need to learn to write paragraphs, essays, and stories. With an active imagination, you can go to other worlds or made up worlds. We can experience new things in a book. Books can change our lives and other people’s lives. Look at some books that have inspired us. What about The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Alice in Wonderland or the Wizard of Oz.
The writers of these books had to learn to write before they could tell their stories. Where do you think their stories came from? Their imagination, their own life experiences. Maybe they got the idea to write a book from watching their uncle deliver mail, or maybe from their animals. They might have had a dog that could chase people up trees. Maybe they had a bird that could sing. There are a lot of characters from books that were made up about real people. One of my books, Southern Adventures is about me. A favorite character will be remembered forever like Clifford the big red dog or Dr. Seuss. One of my favorites is Sami from Gwendolyn’s Wish.
Writing a story or book starts with an imagination and using that imagination to be creative. I ask myself, who is going to be the main character of the story? What is the plot is the events that make up the story? Where is the story going to take place or the setting? The setting is a time such as in the future, the past or present. It is also the place, for example: on a far away countryside or a different world. Reading can make up smarter. Without reading we wouldn’t know anything that we know today. Our forefathers have taught us more than we know.
A theme, topic, or focus is much different for children, because their ability to grasp material and their awareness to data is much more limited than someone much older. A child’s communication and intellectual skills require memory, understanding and concentration. It is harder for a child with a small attention span to be able to sit down and read a story than a child with a longer one.
Secondly children have to be able to reason and separate what they have read, understand the difference in what is fiction or fantasy.
Next children have to understand vocabulary and understand descriptive language that is talked about in the story.
Last of all, children have to be able to develop their own ideas of what they are reading, from things that they have learned about in the past. You would not talk about a complex topic to a small child that has no possible understanding of the subject.
To be able to write or teach a young child, you have to be able to get down to their level of thinking by considering their intellectual development or understanding capabilities. This can be done by
1. repetition of words,
2. simple sentences vs. complex sentences and
3. the use of pictures for descriptive purposes.
Tracy Kauffman is the author of Southern Adventures, Richard the Lionheart, My Boyfriend the Squire. To order any of these books you can order through her website at: tracykauffman.com