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50 +Children's Book Questions - Alpha Book Publisher




How can I read children's books online for free?

There are many different sites where you can find children’s books online for free. These include: Overdrive, Hoopla, Cloud Library, Oxford Owl, International Children’s Digital Library, Storyline Online, and Open Library. 


How much can you make from writing a children's book?

If you are solely a book writer and dedicate all your time to it, with just no years of experience, you can make around $40,000 a year. That is if you are a dedicated writer spending all your time and effort writing children’s books. Writing children’s books does seem to be a bit more lucrative than other novels since children can read a lot more books faster and need more of a selection so the parent doesn’t get bored of the same ones over and over again. But there still needs to be a good amount of time and effort into writing a children’s book to make money off of it. 


What is the number one best selling children's book?

The best selling children’s book is The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. With Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll coming in second and third. 


At what age should a child start reading?

Children can start reading from anywhere from 4-7 years old. Most kids start around 6-7 years old, but some start earlier and some may start later. A child will learn to read when they are ready to sit down and concentrate on it, no matter how much a parent may coax them to read. Encouragement of their reading skills and reading bedtime stories to them are helpful in this process however. 


Is reading children's books on YouTube legal?

No this is not legal. Without compensation to the original author or permission to do so, creating the video and posting it would infringe on copyright laws. It is also against YouTube’s terms of agreement and your video may get blocked as well. If you would like to read a book on your YouTube channel, consider using a book that is in the public domain and does not have copyright laws placed upon it. Be careful of showing illustrations of the books too, even if it is in the public domain because it may be a newer publication with newer illustrations. Overall, avoid doing this to avoid a possible lawsuit. If you want to read a children’s book and video it to send to your kids or nieces/nephews, do so without posting it online for others to access because that is copyright infringement. 


What books should every child read?

This will depend on what the child’s interests are because some classics may not interest every child. A children’s author that has some very famous classics is Roald Dahl, with Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, The BFG, and James and the Giant Peach. Other classics are any of the Winnie the Pooh stories by A. A. Milne, Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis. There are several lists of classic great children’s books you can have your child look through. You can even pass down a book that you enjoyed a lot as a kid to give to your child to read and keep it as a tradition. 


How many pages should a children's book be?

This depends on the type of children’s book you are wanting to write and for what age group. If it is a picture book for young toddlers, somewhere around 30 pages is good enough for them. The amount of words that is on each page will grow with the age of the children's book you want to write. For a 0-3 year old, there doesn’t even need to be words. For a 2-5 year old, there may be 200 or so words per page. For 4-8 year olds, there can be around 400-800 words per page, and so on and so forth until you reach middle grade, where the child is 8-12 years old and can have a page count of about 80 or more with 15,000-40,000 words. Also with younger children’s books there are typically pictures on every page until the books are for older kids, where there will be less pictures. 


Is it hard to write a children's book?

It can be. Some authors who are best sellers of adult novels may find it difficult to write a children’s book because it is a very different mindset one must be in than in regular writing. Everything is shorter and more concise and simple in children’s books for ease of reading for a young child. If you have a good idea for a children’s book, it may be relatively easy and being exposed to several other children’s books beforehand can be helpful to know how they are written and how you can write one. Working with an illustrator may also be helpful if you are not an artist but depending on the book you want to write, you may not need as many illustrations. But even middle grade books have illustrations, just not as many. 


Who is the most famous author?

This varies based on who you ask. On Brain Pickings, the top author was picked based on a point system and the top author was Leo Tolstoy. Others claim Shakespeare is the most famous. Others may say, J.K. Rowling, George Orwell, Charles Dickens, James Joyce, Stephen King or others. 


What makes a great children's book?

There’s some criteria to making a good children’s book. The story should be easy to follow and appropriate for the age range you have chosen to write for. The illustrations should be enjoyable and high quality as well so the child can be entertained by them and imagine them even while not reading. The book should also be relatable to a wide variety of children so it can be read by any child who picks it up and could possibly fall in love with it. It also helps for a children’s book to be entertaining enough for adults to enjoy it as well, if they read to their kids at night or want to read the book along with their child. 


Who has sold more children's books than any other author?

The author who has sold the most children’s books is R.L. Stine. Many think it would be Dr. Seuss, but R.L. Stine has sold over 400 million copies of his children’s book series Goosebumps since 1992. Some may say that J.K. Rowling should have this title, but others would say that not all of the Harry Potter books are children’s books, while R.L. Stine’s are. 


Should my 5 year old be reading?

A five year old can be reading. I would not be alarmed if they have already started, but also do not be upset if they are not wanting to read yet. They will read on their own time and once starting school, they will learn and want to read soon enough. Encouragement is key to helping them learn to read. 


Should my 7 year old be reading?

A seven year old should be reading or at least starting to read. Encourage reading of more than children’s picture books at this age to help them develop cognitive thinking skills. They can even start reading chapter books, but nothing too big and thick or advanced. 


Can 5 year olds write their name?

Most children will begin being able to write their name well into age 5. Do not be alarmed if they haven’t written their name yet, because it does take some time to understand how to form letters and words on a paper. 


Can a 2 year old read?

You definitely can teach a 2 year old to read if you are patient and loving and take the time to teach them with a simple step by step process and if the child is willing enough to want to read. But they are not supposed to be reading by this age, but it is okay if they can. However, it is not super common. 


What number should a 5 year old count to?

Most five year olds can count and identify numbers up to 10. Some may even be able to read and identify numbers up to 20. Older five year olds may be able to count up to 100 though. 


How well should a 7 year old read?

A seven year old should be able to read rather well, comprehending basic children’s books and maybe even starting chapter books. Most kids are able to fluently read by age 8 or third grade. However, it is perfectly normal for a kid to still struggle to comprehend some words and for the reading to be choppy and not fluid at this age. 


Can I record myself reading books?

Yes you can record yourself reading books. However, posting this and distributing it for others to hear is probably against copyright laws and frowned upon and could wind up in a lawsuit. However, if you would like to record yourself reading books for your own children or nieces and nephews when you are away, that should be fine. Or even record yourself reading books for someone elderly who can’t read anymore or a friend who may be deaf, should also be fine as long as it is not posted and not distributed for money or easy access to many people. You can always purchase an audio recording of the book that is offered, but if you want to read it with your voice, just make sure it is not posted or distributed. There are even some children’s books you can buy where you record yourself reading the book, which is another option that is perfectly acceptable. 


Can I post a video of me reading a book?

No. Unless the book is in the public domain, you should not post a video of you reading a book because it is copyright infringement. 


Is it legal to read books online for free?

It depends on if the author has posted the book to be read online for free or if it is in the public domain and can be posted online for free. Many books on Project Gutenberg fall under this category of being in the public domain and are available to read for free, especially since many classics and books for classes in school are assigned and can be read for free on here. If a book has been posted online to be read for free without the author’s permission or consent, then it is technically illegal and should be flagged and reported. This is an infringement on the author’s intellectual property. 


Can you record yourself reading a book on YouTube?

No. Not unless the book is in the public domain and even then, I would be careful about reading it unless you are able to gain permission to do so. 


Can you read a book on YouTube without copyright?

No. Unless the book is in the public domain, you should not read a book on YouTube because you cannot do so without infringing on copyright and your video can result in a lawsuit or be flagged and removed from YouTube. 


How do you know if a book is in the public domain?

Locate the book’s publication date and if it is before a certain date, it is automatically placed within the public domain. Right now in 2020, if a book is published before 1924, it is in the public domain for use. You can also research books that are eligible to be in the public domain that may be published after 1924, but make sure to double check before trying to do something with it. 


What enters the public domain in 2020?

There are plenty of books, movies, artworks, and music sheets that have entered the public domain in 2020. All of these are works that were published in the work in 1924 and are now available for usage. Be careful about some of the music and songs that are now available, because while the song is available in the public domain now that only includes the sheet music and the audio recording from that period is not available in the public domain until 2025. 


How can I get cheap children's books?

There are many places to get cheap children’s books. You can try online by looking at kidsbooks.com, bookoutlet.com, or other similar websites. You can also search at nearby stores by looking around Walmart or Target. You can also look at used bookstores near you and Goodwill to see if you can find quality children’s books for very cheap. 


Does Amazon still have free Kindle books?

Yes! There are plenty of kindle free books available on Amazon still.


How do I start to write a children's book?

The way one would start to write any book: with a good idea! From there, determine what age group you want to write for to narrow down the scope of your book project. 


Is Harry Potter appropriate for a 7 year old?

The first Harry Potter book would be appropriate for a 7 year old. Anything after that may be too advanced or long for a kid that young, but depends on the kid. 


What are the best books for 8 year olds?

The Magic School Bus series of books are great for kids 8 years old. Another good series for this age would be The Magic Treehouse books. Diary of a Wimpy Kid and the first Harry Potter book are also good options. 


What happens if you don't read books?

If you stop reading books, it stops your cognitive growth. The more a person reads, the more knowledge they gain, the more they think and the faster they can think; therefore, reading more makes one’s thinking process better. Reading enlarges life and helps expand your vocabulary and your critical thinking skills. Reading can help you to become more knowledgeable and think more critically in other areas of your life. More than that, it gives you something to do and think about as well as talk with friends and family and bond over. It’s not bad that you stop reading books, but it can be sad for you because of how much they can improve your life. 


How do I teach my child to love reading?

There are many ways to get your child to love reading. Make books seem cool and fascinating. Take them to bookstores to look around and find books they might enjoy. Read aloud with your child and keep books around the house. Read with your child as a bonding activity, either separate books or a book your child would enjoy. Talk about books together. Help bring books to life, by doing crafts or activities associated with them that your child will enjoy. It might make them want to read more and find ones with activities they enjoy. Visit libraries and bookstores regularly and encourage reading to your child and their friends so they make connections over reading together. Something you can also do is show them movies they might like that are based on books, but challenge them to read the book first so you can have a movie night when they finish and discuss together. Oftentimes they may notice that the book contains a lot more details and a better experience than the movie will, which could encourage them to read even more. (This is especially true for movies like the Harry Potter series and Percy Jackson). 


How do you read aloud to children?

Make sure to read with expression and liveliness; make the book come to life. Be sure to pick a story that engages with the child and peaks their interest. Have fun with it and enjoy interacting with them. Be sure to have them ask questions and encourage them to engage with the book and story.


What's the most sold book in the world?

The Bible, with about 3.9 million copies sold in just the last 50 years. 


Who is the richest writer in the world?

As of 2019, the richest writer in the world is J.K. Rowling, with an income of about $92 million. 


Who is the highest paid author?

As of 2019, the highest paid author in the world is J.K. Rowling, with an income of about $92 million. 


Who is the best children's author in the world?

This more depends on the person you ask. Some may say who the best author is based on how exposed to their books they were as a child and therefore, they have nostalgia for that author and will think them the best. Maybe someone will say another author based on how many books they sold and how successful they were, making them the best children’s author. Another person may look at the writing and assess how it effectively teaches children grammar and new vocabulary and proper language and think that that makes the author the best children’s author in the world. But none of these may be true. I think the best children’s author in the world is the one who touched your heart with a book when you were a child. They may not be the best in the entire world, but they were the best in your world and that should be considered the best to any author, if you can change and inspire another person’s mind. 

For me, I loved Eric Carle, Dr. Seuss, A. A. Milne, and Mary Pope Osbourne. None of them are considered to have the most fame or the most money ever, but they are all significant to me and my childhood; therefore they are the best to me. 


Who is the best selling children's author?

There is no accurate statistic out there to determine who the best selling children’s author is. One lady compiled a list of estimated books sold from many children’s authors to try to get a ranked list of who is most likely the best selling children’s author. At the top of this list is Enid Blyton who wrote children’s book series like The Famous Five and The Secret Seven.


Which female author has sold the most books?

It is either Agatha Christie or Barbara Cartland. Agatha Christie has been claimed as one of the best selling authors of all time, right on the heels of William Shakespeare. Barbara Catland has written over 700 books and claims that she has sold over 700 million copies of her work, but this claim has been disputed and it is not known if it is accurate. 


Why is everyone a best selling author?

Being a best selling book means that it sold well, which means it is popular. By that sheer fact, that means there are probably more bestselling books on shelves than not best selling books, because if they are best selling, then a lot of people probably want to read them. Also, you are more likely to notice when a book is a bestseller than when it isn’t. You remember on the book covers that is says bestseller or bestselling author, but you probably don’t remember when that sticker isn’t there because it’s not like they’ll boast “Hey I’m not a best seller” on the cover page and a library or bookstore isn’t going to have a section called “Non-Bestsellers”. But also, if a book becomes a bestseller, the author will likely put on any other book they have published a sticker that says they are a bestselling author: maybe not for that particular book you are picking up to read, but one of their books got them that title, so to boost their brand, credibility and up their sales, they will put the sticker on all other books they write. 

Furthermore, it seems like every author is a bestselling author because there are actually a lot of them out there. New York Times bestselling list comes out every week, with 37 different editions of it (for multiple genres), with around 10 or 16 books on each list. Sometimes there will be repeats coming on the list multiple weeks in a row, or authors being repeated across numerous lists, but that is still a lot of authors who get that bestseller title added to their credentials. While this doesn’t mean every author is a bestseller, a lot of them are and you see it more in bookstores and things because those are the books that are selling, so those are the books the retailer would sell to make a profit. In the grand scheme of all writers everywhere, they are definitely not all bestsellers, but in what we see going to the store, a lot of the ones on the shelves are.


How old was the youngest bestselling author?

Jake Marcionette is the youngest bestselling author at age 12. His debut book was called Just Jake and was a very loosely based autobiographical book that was a comedy adventure. 


How old is Harry Potter in the 6th movie?

Harry is 16 years old in the 6th movie, The Half Blood Prince. The actor playing Harry, Daniel Radcliffe, was 18 years old when filming this movie and 19 when the film was released. 


What age is Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows appropriate for?

The book is at a reading level of 6-7, so for a child around 12-13 years old is what is recommended to read it. The movie is not suggested for children 8 and under and children 8-10 years old should watch with supervision. There are quite a lot of death scenes and war scenes in the movie and throughout the book that may be too much for a child and some of the strategy of their plan may go over their head. Only the parent and child can determine together whether they are ready to watch or read Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, although I suggest reading it first so the child knows what is going on in the movie since movies tend to leave things out or add other things in. So I would wait until a child is at least 12 years old. 


Is the first Harry Potter movie scary?

This depends on the tolerance of “scariness” to the watcher. There are some “scary” bits in the forest when seeing a cloaked figure sucking on a unicorn's blood and it may be a bit scary when seeing Voldemort on the back of Quirrell’s head. Otherwise, the first movie is pretty upbeat and fun and magical, the way it should be. The “scary” moments are rather quick and don’t take away from the overall feel of the movie. It is rather suitable for young children below Harry’s age of 11, but I’m not sure I would show it to a 6 year old. Maybe 8 is the youngest for the first movie.



When did all the Harry Potter books come out?

The first Harry Potter book was released in 1997 with the second and third books released in the next two years (1998 and 1999). The fourth book was released in 2000, but then the fifth book was not released until 2003 since it is the longest book and took quite some time as well as J.K. Rowling dealing with the big rise in fame after the fourth book had come out and the movie series was starting up. The sixth book came out in 2005 and the last book came out in 2007. The play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child came out in 2016, many years after the final book came out and many don’t consider this a part of the proper lineup, but an additional book to the world of Harry Potter for fun. 



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