Children’s books

Proofreading for publishers of children’s books

I proofread children’s books using my decades of knowledge teaching reading in the primary classroom.

When I taught, I showed the children how to read and value books and well-written stories; I showed how they could improve their writing by my modelling how the stories were written. I continue to share reading time with my tutees as part of our tuition lessons.

How I can help you

If you are an independent self-publishing author of children’s books and need guidance, here is information to help you.

Age bands of children’s books

Generally, there are a lot of ways to categorise books. But all published books have to be given BIC marketing categories, which have specified age groups based on interest level (not reading level), so publishers will categorise their books into these age groups:

0-5 years
5-7 years
7-9 years
9-11 years
12+ years

Fiction and non-fiction will be split into those age groups. Although we generally see most non-fiction for the 5-7, 7-9 and 9-11 ages.

The 0-5 age group can be broken down into 0-2 and 3-5 to specify board books or picture books.

The terminology used for each type of book:

Board books 0-2
Picture books 3-5
Early Readers 5-7
Young Fiction 7-9  (Also sometimes referred to as chapter books.)
Middle Grade 9-12
Teen 12-15
YA 16+

Genres (types) of children’s books

  • Fiction, eg fantasy, horror (Goosebumps series), personal and social issues (by authors like Jacqueline Wilson)
  • Non-fiction: hobbies and interests, reference (for topic research, eg volcanoes).

Have a question?

When you enquire if I am available to help with your book, it would be useful to know what age group you are targeting.

If you are still unsure, visit any bookshop and flick through a variety of children’s books. Choose different ranges of ages and genres. Looking at these will give you examples of how the writing and illustrations are presented.

If you are a children’s author, see my Rates page for the packages I provide.

I have supported several independent children’s authors to self-publication (indies) as a Partner Member of the Alliance of Independent Authors. See my profile page here.

The Alliance of Independent Authors - Partner Member

Go to my Contact page to email and check my availability for your project.



  • The History Press: Black Poppies (about the Black community in the UK during the First World War, due for publishing in September to coincide with Black History Month in October.

Self-publishing clients

  • ‘The Hairy Pony’s Christmas Party’ by Emma Jane McCue. Illustrated by Janine Drayson. Fiction book for 5–8 year olds who are mad about ponies. Self-published in Jersey. An enchanting story of kindness, love and frienship, sprinkled with a little Christmas magic!

“Thank you so much, Annie. It looks like a proper book now!”

  • Children of the Periapt: Escape from Elmsmere by Cimone O’Byrne. My review is on the back cover.

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proofreading children's books

Tricky Punctuation in Cartoons by Lidia Stanton, published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers, is one of a set of guides for children written by Lidia. (Proofread using PDF commenting tools.)

“Annie is very professional, committed to the client’s needs and incredibly conscientious. She reshuffled her diary to accommodate my proofreading request, for which I am very grateful. She delivered the service within the suggested time frame. I would not hesitate to recommend Annie.” 

Lidia Stanton MA MSc Psych MBPsS, Psychologist, Dyslexia Specialist, and Study Skills Tutor. 

proofreading children's books