Lately I’ve been noticing a trend that makes little sense: books for children that aren’t! By that I mean the intended age group has not truly been considered as shown by these common mistakes:
• Subjects that interest older readers but are too complex or multifaceted for young children
• Subjects that interest young children but are too simplistic for older readers
• Word choices that the intended age group of readers cannot read, sound out, or understand
• Vocabulary and compound sentences appropriate for older readers but that confuse or discourage younger readers
• Abstract concepts toddlers and preschoolers cannot begin to grasp
• Nostalgia pieces written for the writer with no present-day child in mind
• Bible stories that thrill older children and teens but scare little kids who first need to hear about God’s love
If you have noticed similar or other trends in #kidlit, I hope you’ll comment below and let us know what concerns you have about children’s books. And, if you see something especially kid-appealing and well-done, that would be good to hear about too.
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©2014, Mary Harwell Sayler, poet-author of Beach Songs & Wood Chimes and an e-book for classrooms and creative kids of almost every age, the Poetry Dictionary For Children & For Fun, has helped other poets and writers for many years through critiques, manuscript evaluations, and development of poetry and children’s picture book texts. For more information, visit the Contact & Critique page on her website.