Updated: Jun 1, 2019
It’s hard enough for adults alone to write children’s books. We brainstorm ideas, reflect on our own childhood, and develop themes based on what our children, students, or readers experience in their daily lives. But have you thought about writing a book with a child who can actually help you tell these stories in real time?
Well, it’s definitely possible, and it’s easier than you think. Before getting a head start on your next bestseller, learn three reasons why you should consider co-authoring a book with a child and how it can benefit both of you in the long haul.
Children Have an Opportunity to Share What They’ve Learned
Children love to tell adults what they’ve learned in school, how well they played at a sporting event, or what they experienced on a field trip. Help them transfer that same energy into a book. Writer of “The Magical Adventures of Sissy Stringbean”, Shelia Shaffer-Burke noticed her 8-year-old grandson may have been paying close attention in Sunday school when he approached her with an idea. “He said he wanted to write a book about God and [how] He created everything,” she said. Her grandson even reached out to Shelia’s son, who’s an artist, for illustration help. When adults collaborate with children, it gives them a chance to contribute their knowledge (and networking skills), which helps them with their development and learning. And writing a book with them provides a platform to share and exercise their creativity, which can be fun and educational.
Existing Skills and Talents are Strengthened and Utilized
When author, editor, and professional puzzle maker Debbie Marber-Kapfer’s son was 12 years old, she decided to create a book of logic problems, “Paws 4 Logic”, and realized his skills and knowledge would be the perfect contribution to the book. “Joey has been writing puzzles ever since he was small, so when I decided to put together a book of logic problems, he wanted to contribute some of his own,” Debbie said. Allowing children to contribute their skills and ideas can oftentimes make the book even better than anticipated. Plus, children may also develop a sense of belonging, partnership, and leadership that can positively affect their interactions in the classroom setting and real-life adult situations in the future.
An Unforgettable Bond is Naturally Formed
While creativity and storytelling play a large role in book creation, writer Ryan S., author of “The Orvuds”, believes bonding with his 9-year-old brother on his upcoming book is the most important element of their collaboration. “As brothers, we share a very close bond and after having written my first book series that he loves, I wanted to include him in something that the both of us could create,” Ryan said. When two authors come together and exchange ideas, contribute their input, and develop their talents, they inadvertently create an unforgettable bond and a myriad of memories that can definitely help with developing essential social skills and an overall healthy childhood early on.