Beberapa waktu yang silam, saya dan beberapa teman di Komunitas Penulis Bacaan Anak mengadakan acara gathering di Museum Bank Mandiri. Nah, dalam kesempatan itu saya dan beberapa teman KPBA mendapat kesempatan di wawancara oleh Mbak Sylviana Hamdani dari Jakarta Globe.
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Rani Yulianty, manager of childrens and young adult books at Sygma Publishing in Bandung, said there were a lot of opportunities for childrens book authors in Indonesia. Childrens books usually sell out, she said. Theyre never on the shelves for very long.
Rani said childrens books were generally grouped into four categories according to their target age group toddlers under 3 years old, children between 3 and 6 years old, children between 6 and 9 years old, and children between 9 and 12 years old.
Each category has its own unique characteristics and requirements. Books for toddlers are called soft books. Theyre usually made of soft plastic or cloth and are primarily designed to stimulate a love for reading from an early age.
Many of these books come with simple gimmicks, such as noisemakers that produce amusing sounds when the pages are turned.
For those books, we have to make sure their bindings are excellent, Rani said. There should be no loose or sharp ends that may endanger the kids.
Books for children between the ages of 3 and 6 are called board books. They have lots of colors and vibrant images designed to help children learn the alphabet, numbers and simple sentences.
The books for children aged 6 to 9 years old are usually simple storybooks with lots of colorful pictures, while older children, between the ages of 9 and 12, graduate to comics or short novels.
Making a good childrens book is simple. As long as children enjoy reading ording to Ali,it, its a good childrens book, he said. But it also needs to have a good moral. It shouldnt contain any violent acts or derogatory words.
Rani, however, said creating a best-selling childrens book required several more elements.
Its a combination of a well-written story, beautiful pictures and attractive packaging, she said. Thats why a good childrens book is a collaboration between the author, illustrator and publisher.
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