How To Write A Great Children’s Book With Robyn Opie Parnell

How To Write A Great Kids Book

In this exclusive interview with Robyn Opie Parnell, the bestselling author of over 100 books for children and sales of over one million worldwide, she is going to tell us how to write a great children’s book.

She says, it all starts with possibilities.  Those stories that you want to write won’t write themselves.  You have to want to write them.  Having the passion to be an author goes along way in determining if you will write that great children’s story or not.  When she was in school, a teacher told her she should become a writer and that next night, she sat down and wrote a children’s story.

For her, it’s all about the characters.  Writing memorable children’s characters makes it all worthwhile.  These characters come from her love of the child’s world.  She still feels like a child so her writing reflects how she sees the world – through the eyes of a child.  Her stories have touched the lives of countless children around the worlds and having written over 100 books, she knows what works and what doesn’t.

The hardest part of writing is the word limitations that are put on children’s book authors.  So her first piece of advice is to be economical in what you write but be concise in what you say.  She also suggests you write something bold.  Make your story exciting and filled with imagination that kids can relate to.  This way your story stands out among the glut of books released every year.

Her next bit of information relates to your reader’s attention span.  Writing for children is a wonderful experience but having to compete with all the technology of today such as iPods, Wii’s and social media, you have to grab the reader from the start and inspire them with stories that keep them glued to the books.

Finally, understand who you are writing for.  Writing for children is not just one general category.  There are many sub-categories as well as age groups and when you can hone in on that one specific category, you can write for children who will be looking for the types of stories you write.

Writing great children’s stories doesn’t happen overnight but after much practice and learning, you too can see you stories become the kind of books children will love to read.



A. J. Westin is a children's adventure book author who specializes in writing stories kids really want to read. He has written over two dozen books and has dedicated his life to helping kids become better readers through his inspirational stories.
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12 thoughts on “How To Write A Great Children’s Book With Robyn Opie Parnell

  1. What a fun interview! I love your being able to stay a child… You’re so
    cute, with you and your husband loving and helping each other — thanks!

  2. Thanks for the clarification, catstopper. I love Julia Donaldson’s books
    too! Robyn wrote one called "Sam’s Dinosaur Bone" – illegally rewritten by
    Era Publications as "How to Bury a Bone" – so that may have caused some of
    the confusion!

  3. Cool video on how to write a childrens book. Thx. Currently reading the new
    kids series DIARY OF A DINOSAUR. Has anyone else checked it out yet?

  4. YAY! Congrats Robyn, Fabulous advice on writing Children’s books … your
    advice, inspiration & motivation … Karen :)

  5. Great interview with some great points, Illl watch the rest of these when I
    can. As you know the time flies by, I’m trying to promote my next book all
    by myself, I may get some help from the publisher later on, but I’m laying
    the ground work.

  6. Pingback: How To Help Children Write Their Own Stories | A. J. Westin

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