For the Free Rein series which is aimed at 8 – 12 year olds, I like to have a theme or moral of the story running throughout each novel. Alongside this, my focus is to provide educational facts about horses in each story and cover a different area of horse care.
I want the stories to be enjoyable for readers, but to also have a suitable ending, a lesson learned and some facts picked up along the way. I believe a particular theme or moral to stories for younger readers can be a great thing to focus on.
If you are considering writing for the younger reader, perhaps this is something you would like to consider including, too. Because the Free Rein series books cover horses and faith, I often try to tie the title in with a horse lesson and a faith lesson. It can be a nice way to round out the story and to help focus the theme of the book on what it is called.
Do you enjoy children’s stories with morals attached?