1. Before you even write your book, figure out several ways it can tie in to the school curriculum for your intended readership.
2. Teachers and librarians also love to be able to use a tradebook to teach content ACROSS the curriculum. If you write a book about the Civil War, for example, it's pretty obvious how educators can tie the book to the social studies curriculum. But figure out ways they can also use your book to teach other subject areas like science, math, language arts, etc.
3. Create study guides for your books and post them to your website, where teachers and librarions can download them, or offer to provide the guides for teachers or librarians who purchase your book(s). Again, guides that provide activities across the curriculum will be very appealing to teachers and school librarians. Educators will also expect the suggested activities in your study guides to align with state education standards (common core standards), so go online to your state's Department of Education to get the common core standards for all subjects at all grade levels. Once you look at these standards, you'll get some ideas as to the types of activities you can create for your study guides.
In today's competitive world, children's authors need to do everything they can to widen the appeal of their books. These 3 tips will help you do that.
Lieurance helps children's book authors and illustrators get the word out about their books through the author showcase at the National Writing for Children Center.