How Do I Turn My Story Into An Early Reader Book?

So, you’ve got a great story you’d like to share with early readers (also called Beginner Readers or Beginning Readers).

Your story may be a vignette from your past — a moment that still stands out, years later. It may be a story inspired by children you’ve been close to, a son or niece or neighbor. Or it may be a completely made up fantasy story you think will appeal to young children.

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What’s the difference between picture books and early readers?

The fascinating thing about children’s literature is that there are so many different ways to tell a story. The challenging thing about children’s literature is that each way you tell the story appeals to a different market. So let’s assume you want to write for children under 10. How do you know if you should write a picture book or an early reader (also described as beginner reader, beginning reader, and early chapter book)?

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Answers to 20 Common Ebook Publishing Questions on How to Get Started Self Publishing

There’s no doubt that self publishing is a big undertaking. After all, in traditional publishing, there may be as many as 13 departments! And that’s on top of the most important role–yours–the author.

So, I’ve gathered some of the common questions I get from participants in my online course, Publish and Sell Your Ebooks, to share the answers here.

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Red Riding Hood: First eBook in the Magic Forest Beginner Reader Series

An article in The Telegraph declares, “Fairy tales allow kids a safe place to explore the idea that life isn’t always easy, that things can go wrong, and people don’t always have your best interests at heart. At the same time, as the “good” characters are usually rewarded at the end, it’s a way of reinforcing positively the importance of being kind, thoughtful and true.”

As a teacher-librarian, I couldn’t agree more, which is why I’ve started retelling my favorite fairy tales and fables and legends in language for beginner readers, and publishing them in ebook form. And this week, the first fairy tale, Little Red Riding Hood, is free to download on Amazon around the world.

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