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Creating Childhood Memories: Top 7 Children’s Book Tropes For Writers To Explore

By Mackenzie Harrison

Books have a way of creating magic. They take you on an adventure that can create childhood memories. Even as an adult, there may be a book that you look back on and get nostalgic thinking about. A good children’s book may teach you a lesson, tell a story that resonates with the reader, or help boost a child’s imagination. If you want to write a children’s book but are unsure which trope you want to dive into, you’ve come to the right place. There are many different themes and children’s book tropes, it’s just about finding the right one. Below, we discuss the top children’s book tropes for you to explore as a writer. 

1. Friendships

Many children’s books include friendship. This teaches children about building trust and developing a bond with someone. Typically, this trope showcases two characters that form a friendship, and they either go through adventures together or have to face a certain situation that tests their friendship. However, their friendship is strong, they overcome different obstacles, and it shows that true friendship lasts in the end. 

2. Honesty

Honesty is an incredibly important trait, and using this trope in children’s books demonstrates why honesty is a value they should learn. In this trope, a character typically does something wrong, and they find themselves in a situation where they have to choose to either be honest or lie. For instance, a child broke a lamp, and their parents questioned them about it. They have to decide whether to be honest or learn the consequences of lying. 

3. The Underdog

In almost every type of book or story, everyone loves an underdog. The odds are against them, but despite it all, they were able to overcome all of it and wind up on top. Audiences love to be able to root for the underdog and see them triumph.

4. Talking Animals

Most children love animals. They are cute, cuddly, and charming. Having animals talk in books will boost their imagination, and having these cute creatures act out real-life values or stories helps them resonate with them more. When the main character becomes friends with a sweet talking bunny, and they try to confront the main character about something they did wrong, it’s less intimidating and more entertaining than a grownup doing it.

5. Family Dynamics

This trope explores different family dynamics to show the importance of a strong family bond. It’s versatile and can be done in many different ways. Typically, the main character faces an obstacle and needs the support of their family. 

6. School

In this trope, the main character goes to school. Usually, some of the other tropes are added to this one, like friendship or honesty. The main character is beginning school and has to overcome the anxiety that comes with starting something new. They could also already be established in school and have to overcome an obstacle, like an argument with another kid, but they become friends in the end. 

7. A Magical World

Children love fantasy books about wizards, mermaids, mythical creatures, magical lands, fairies, etc. It allows them to step into a new magical world where anything is possible. This trope is filled with a lot of creativity and takes the reader on the adventure of a lifetime. 

In Conclusion

Once you’ve picked a trope and completed your incredible children’s book, it’s time to create a cover and promote it. To create eye-catching graphics to promote your book, Book Brush is the perfect go-to tool. You’ll be able to create book covers, ads, Amazon A+ stacked images, and more. The graphics you make with Book Brush will capture your audience’s attention, get them excited about your new work, and entice them to want to read your book. Start creating (children’s book) magic today!


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