Something amazing happened last weekend. My little math picture book, Tessalation!, got added to a global compendium of math picture books called Maths Through Stories.
Forgive me the 's.' The Brits call it "maths," not "math."
After a tweet that got retweeted like a hundred times, I got to thinking about how, when you're writing a children's picture book, you really need to know whose world it is going to chance. You MUST think about the category you are writing in.
Think of it this way: You aren't just writing a picture book. You're writing a bedtime story. Or a math picture book. Or a daddy-daughter bonding picture book. Or an inspirational Go the F*ck to Sleep picture book.
The category matters, not just the age group. You need to know the context where you book has a use. You need to know how it will change a specific child's life in a specific moment.
Knowing what category your book fits in will help you figure out how to find the right readers.
What's your book category, beyond children's picture book?