Many ask if children can write books that can be published. It is more than safe to say that children do more than just write. In their growing years, children are interested in a multitude of things. They spend time trying & testing their skills on varied pursuits. Some of these pursuits become their passion and some elicit their innate talents. Amazingly, their passion and talent often combines to emerge as one brilliant package. This is where one realizes what they may want to do with their lives using that brilliance. Therefore, children experiment with a thousand things before understanding their areas of interest. One such area of interest is most likely to be literature. Why? Children spend a significant amount of time learning to read and write whether in school or outside. They are exposed to languages and its many facets. From story books, to comics, to school books and many others, children are invariably exposed to literature. Some children explore this world by showing an interest in reading and writing. They come up with poems, short stories and, sometimes, novels. Others, combine literature and art by drawing, painting, coloring and indulging in more artistic expression.
Whatever form their expression takes, it involves complex thinking, creativity and courage. The unconventional nature of a child’s expression even surprises adults, because their minds have not yet been conditioned to think in specific ways. Their minds are free from conformity and thus, have the power of imagination. Traditionally, especially in India, children are forced to conform to societal norms especially when their imagination leads them toward creative pursuits. However, that view is slowly changing. Parents allow their children the freedom to explore and feed their imaginations. Children, in turn, are surprising everyone around them with ever so novel and stunning ideas.
Addressing the question at hand, children can write, draw, paint, illustrate and accomplish many creative undertakings that can definitely be published as a book for the world to see. It is for those around them to encourage and inspire them to continue their work. Children have immeasurable talent and it is time that everyone acknowledges and encourages it.
Most would ask, what can children write? There are no limits to what they can write. The most common genres children try are realistic fiction, science fiction and magic/fantasy. However, children are constantly experimenting with other genres and types of writing. Short stories, novels and poems are becoming a favorite. Few options that can get your child started are picture story books, folktales, fairytales, legends, historical fiction, drama and poetry.
16Leaves is a pioneer in producing books written by children. With exclusive publishing services for children, it aims to encourage literature among children and young adults and place talented writers on a pedestal. It has already published books by Child Authors on various topics. In its experience working with Child Authors, 16Leaves has realized that children are just as responsible and professional with their work as adults. They seek a proper publishing experience and are cooperative to achieve the same. With everyone having a story inside them, authors have many more options to publish. While catering to the needs of adult authors, 16Leaves would like to continue extending its services to children and help create many more next-gen writers.
Written by – Radhika Pillai