Writing is your passion, what you truly enjoy, what makes you happy. You want to share that passion with the world; specifically the youngest audience. That being said, you are aware that their happiness is the most genuine, just like their joy and criticism. Your wish is to get closer to the world of children's books, but don't know where and how to get started? You have so much to offer and say but you're not sure how to do it. Children are the biggest but the most demanding audience - that is what bothers you and scares you at the same time.
No worries, what you need to do is let your inspiration do the work, but if you still want to prepare well; Here's what you should pay attention to.
Read what you want to write. Once again, we're talking about that indispensable inspiration. The best way to get the mentioned is by reading the related genres. The work of your colleagues will give you additional ideas and expand your horizons.
After you've scratched the surface of the genre itself, you have to decide which age group you want to dedicate your work to. Write for a specific age group, do not go far beyond their problems and dreams, aim at a narrow but well-defined audience. The last thing you want is to write a book whose content will not meet the approval of the audience it was intended for.
In order to give the best of the best when writing a book, it is important to devise the scheme of the work in your own mind and to define the main story as well as the end, so you wouldn't have to worry about the main message getting lost in the middle of your creative enthusiasm.
Another thing that would be of great use is to spend time with children, ie the age group you are targeting. In this way, you will get immediate insight into a variety of things. What children think about your writing, what attracts them most, what intrigues them, how they want the story to be told. These are some of the most important points of the book's creation, and those who can help you the most are your readers.
Apart from the writing itself, the design of the book is extremely important as well. We must not forget how this is, of course, intended for children, who are primarily visual creatures. When selecting drawings for a children's book, it is important to pay attention to the plot itself. What you want is, the selected illustrations showing the particular action that is going on at that very moment on that particular page; all in order to keep children's attention both to the illustrations and the text at the same time.
When selecting the illustrations, it is also important to pay attention to the colors. Vivid, happy and vibrant colors will draw children's attention as well as awaken their interest in the plot and the message of the book. A multitude of different colors, the character adapted to children and various interesting details, will make your work a masterpiece.
Don't forget that the cover page and the illustrations within the book are equally important, and the one will hardly work without the other. That being said, the attention should be devoted to both aspects equally, for the better end result.
Allow your inner child to speak, and show all the power of your imagination.