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Stan Lee Shares Children’s Book Writing Advice

The legendary comic book creator Stan Lee recently founded his own children’s book imprint with 1821 Comics and Terry Dougas (pictured, with Lee).

Stan Lee’s Kid’s Universe introduces a host of new storybook characters and brings Lee’s comic book legacy to a new generation of readers. We caught up with Lee for an email interview, getting his advice about creating the best books for kids. He shared these essential elements:

Colors and fun characters are essential in capturing children’s attention and sparking their imagination. Then, a creative story that takes these characters on an exciting, educational journey to make children care about these characters and engage them on a deeper level.

Lee continued, talking about two specific books published in his new imprint:

Once Upon A Time There Was A Pig [by Dani Jones] introduces Hamilton the pig who desperately tries to tell a story but keeps getting interrupted by his furry friends. The story of Reggie the Veggie Crocodile is told in rhyme, which is a fun way to engage children. It encourages children to maintain a balanced diet, and eat plenty of vegetables along with their meat … Both have wonderful and fun illustrations and they both have animal characters that children will find familiar.

Finally, Lee offered this advice for aspiring children’s book illustrators and writers:

Stay true to your imagination and do everything in your power to keep the child inside you alive. I still live by these rules today, I am still a child at heart … Find your own personal style; your own voice, and explore it, refine it, perfect it. Then perfect it again. And most importantly, never give up. Remember that your artwork is a gift. Your pictures have the power to ignite dreams and inspire countless people.

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