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Your idea for a children's book may be great and original. But before you start writing it, you should know what kind of book you're going to write. Why? You'll have to pitch it to an editor and state what kind of book it is and its target age group. Plus, if you know what category your book fits, you can research other books in that category, so you know your competition and know what is standard for that kind of book. Although there are variations among publishers, here are the typical categories for children's books:

Picture book fiction