Why do I write books for kids? Now this, I consider an open-ended question. A tip of the iceberg that requires answering other questions. What inspired me? What is important to me? What gets included? What is left out? As you can see, there is a lot to consider when writing a children’s book, or any book for that matter.
The books I write for children introduce characters similar to those we might meet in our everyday life. The personalities of each animal or person found throughout provides the reader with the chance to say, “Hey, I know someone like that,” or, “that sounds like my cat or dog.” To have the book likeable, readable, and believable, the characters' dispositions need familiarity, as does the scenes they are found in. The place somehow lets the reader think it is somewhere they may have been, knows about, or has always wanted to go to.
Events in the book might open dialogue between children and adults. Comparing the situations the characters are experiencing to events that might happen in life, while teaching underlying lessons throughout the pages.
Adults may find the interaction on the pages lighthearted, yet there is the possibility they’ll be taken to a time when they too knew an animal, person, or circumstances that make them smile, remembering.
It is very important to me for people of all ages to find some sort of reading. It might be an actual book they will read on their own, or someone will read it to them, or perhaps in the form of an audiobook. Regardless of how the story is told, children and adults need to resonate with the words for them to continue to turn the pages. If there is one thing that sticks with them after reading the book, I have succeeded as a writer. If it becomes their favourite book, and they share it with others, that is the icing on the cake.