WRITING CHILDREN’S BOOKS TIP #3: KNOW YOUR ONIONS, well, GENRES
Let’s talk about genres. Children’s books have been divided into so many genres and categories that it is so hard to keep up. But here are the major ones.
NB: This post features children’s books by Nigerian authors.
Heavily illustrated; ages 3 – 8; 100 – 1000 words
Early Chapter Books
Illustrated; ages 4/5 – 8; 1000 – 3000 words
Feyi Fay and the Mysterious Madam Koi Koi by Simisayo Brownstone
Few Illustrations; ages 6 – 9; 5000 – 20,000 words
Mafoya and the Finish Line by Ayo Oyeku
Rarely illustrated; ages 8 – 12; 25,000 – 50,000
A-Files by Victoria Afe Inegbedion
Mirror on the Wall by Jesutofunmi Fekoya
Almost never illustrated; ages 13+ ; 40,000 – 100,000 words
Diary of a Toddler by Olubunmi Aboderin Talabi
My Nigeria, Peoples, Places and Culture by Constance Omawumi Kola-Lawal
Social Justice Books
Eno’s Story by Ayodele Olofintuade
Ginika’s Adventures by Nnenna Ochiche
Illesanmi Twins Series. Book #1 Mystery at Ebenezer Lodge by Dunni Olatunde
Half Hour Hara Series. Book #1 The Case of the Broken Eggs by Ugo Anidi
Folktales are Forever by Efe Farinre
Please note: This list is by no means exhaustive!
- Action: Get a library subscription
Try Bookworm Café. This outfit specializes only in children’s books and its Director is a children’s literature connoisseur.
Try ZODML, Zaccheus Onumba Dibiaezue Memorial Libraries too!
Be like me, buy every single book on this list … AND MORE 😊
Read 2 to 3 books in each genre to determine which one appeals to you😊
Then when you find your niche, read as many books as possible in that genre. Good luck!
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*post on nonfiction coming soon