I have been reading a lot of children books recently. I know, it is a bit strange for an adult without kids to read children books, but I find it is interesting to learn the basics of writing from these books. After all, kids stories show the most simplistic type of writing. I feel that a lot of writers refuse to read children books because they do not think it worth their interest. However, if you are just getting into writing, analysis of children books is a great place to start.
When reading about the organization of books, you’ve probably heard about the inciting incident, rising action, climax, and resolution. No where is this clearer than in children books, which often follow this organization perfectly.
So, do not dismiss children books without understanding the basics of how they are written. My personal favorite series is the Magic Tree House Series by Mary Pope Osborne. While I’m not a huge fan of the recent books, the earlier books have been my favorite since I first read them as a child. They also have very simple plots. Check them out and analyze them for understanding plot.