Children’s Book Advice


Judith Briles, Michele DeFillipo and I had a great time last week talking about the rules for children’s books. Listen to the recording for the full 55 minutes of advice, but here are a few of the highlights:

  • READ TO ME picture books should only have a few words on a page if you want parents to read it to their kids, librarians to hold the book up for story time, or teachers to be able to read it to a crowd of antsy 4 year olds.
  • I CAN READ books should have no more than 45 words on a page and lots of pictures.
  • CHAPTER BOOKS FOR READERS have art (usually one color) at the chapter openers and don’t be afraid to use the occasional word that kids have to look up.
  • Children’s hardcover picture books are $15.95 – $17.95
  • Children’s paperback books are $7.95 MAX. (And should be closer to $4.95 if you are unknown or the pages are short)
  • Chapter books are $3.99 – $4.99.  No more.

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