Some useful comments here regarding recommended word lengths in children’s fiction…
You might have caught a glimpse of this post a while back. I accidentally published the draft. Then I had a nervous breakdown trying to reel it in.
Luckily, there were no swear words in that draft. Nothing too incriminating. It’s a miracle, really. Considering the topic.
Let me begin with a disclaimer: Unlike most of my posts, this one’s not gospel.
This is a ROUGH guide. Categories in kid lit vary hugely and are always and forever evolving. That’s why this topic is a headwreck.
Board books: Newborn to age 3
Standard board books are 16 pages. Or 8 pages. Depends…
There’s not a lot of scope for writers in this category. It’s more of an illustrators’ playground. A lot of the manuscripts for these books are written in-house or commissioned. Or purloined from the kid lit canon. You know, let’s do a series of board books based on nursery rhymes… No author…
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