Children’s Books: try curious characters
I think children’s books need characters driven by curiosity. Clara Ma is a wonderful example of a child who values curiosity. She’s the Kansas student who won the national essay contest to name the Mars Science laboratory rover. She competed against nine thousand students. Can you guess what name Clara chose? It was “Curiosity.” Clara said,” I have always been interested in space. I thought I would never be able to be close to it, so for me, naming the Mars rover would least be one step closer.” Clara was eleven years old when she won the contest. Her prize was
being able to travel to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and sign her name on the rove
as it was being built. Here is an excerpt from Clara’s wonderful essay:
“Curiosity is an everlasting flame that burns in everyone’s mind. It makes me get out of bed in the morning and wonder what surprises life will throw at me that day. Curiosity is such a powerful force. Without it, we wouldn’t be where we are today.” I predict that Clara has a bright future. She’s already reaching for the stars! Imagine the children’s book she could create about her adventure at the space laboratory.
Let’s talk about some of the ways you can make your characters interesting. In my children’s books Charlie the Horse, Charlene the Star, and Charlene the Star and Hattie’s Heroes, the animals are the main characters. They talk and readers can also find out about the animals’ funny thoughts as well. This helps engage readers. The characters are curious as well, because they wonder what will happen during their training, or what will happen when they grow up. They wonder if their dreams will come true. In Charlie the Horse, Charlie thinks about whether he’ll have the talent to succeed. Charlene the Star works hard to discover her talents and develop them. In Charlene the Star and Hattie’s Heroes, Hattie and Wooliam wonder if they have talents at all. It’s fun to write children’s books with characters who want to learn all they can.
copyright 2014 Deanie Humphrys-Dunne