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Children's book word count
« on: October 13, 2010, 09:49:19 AM »
What is a good sort of word count to aim for when writing a children's book? I would say it would aimed at a similar sort of age range as Alice in Wonderland and other such titles are aimed towards. Would 25,000 words be a good range to hit?
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Re: Children's book word count
« Reply #1 on: October 13, 2010, 09:58:35 AM »
Very much depends on the age range and also whether it is read alone or a read to book and whether it is fiction or non-fiction.

Check out different publisher's sites that specialise in children's books you should get an idea from there. Most of the titles mention how many pages are in the book.


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Re: Children's book word count
« Reply #2 on: October 13, 2010, 10:14:36 AM »
Thank you :)

I would say it would be a read alone book. It is a chapter book and is fiction. Just done some research and it seems 25k seems about an ok range to head for.

Never done children stuff before, am used to dark fantasy (where it must be said I am used to treating children horribly!) so actually being nice to them and not making things grim will be a challenge that I look forward to :D
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Re: Children's book word count
« Reply #3 on: October 13, 2010, 10:23:20 AM »
Children are horrible, nasty, evil little creatures - they love gruesome and gory as long as there is a safety mechanism so they don't actually become terrified but they do like to be scared [I know I have 4 of my own and have taught many, many others]...especially the boys and anything that will engage more young boys reading - the better.

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Re: Children's book word count
« Reply #4 on: October 13, 2010, 10:59:39 AM »
Oh scared I can do. And that I plan! But in ym vampire novel one happy little chap had his torn off. By the sheer force of a vampire. Not the sort of thing I plan on adding to a children's tale ;)
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Re: Children's book word count
« Reply #5 on: October 13, 2010, 11:14:46 AM »
Maybe you'll post an excerpt in the gallery when you are ready?

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Re: Children's book word count
« Reply #6 on: October 13, 2010, 11:29:54 AM »
Oh of course! I have the first chapter written already and it runs at 1,116 words. I think I shall wait a day, read it through then post to see how it flows.
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