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Write a Children's Book in 10 Minutes with AI

Writing a children’s book can be a time-consuming and daunting task, but with the help of artificial intelligence (AI), it can be a breeze. In this article, I show how AI can make the process of writing a children’s book quick and easy, taking care of everything from generating text to creating images.

I’ve never been a very imaginative story-teller. But I’ve always liked technology. So when my cousin’s 3-year-old daughter asked me for a story after our yearly Christmas dinner, I knew just what to do. I opened my laptop, wrote a few words and clicked a few buttons, and had a story ready to go within 10 minutes.

Write a Children's Book in 10 Minutes with AI

How To write a children’s book with AI

In order to write and narrate a children’s book using only AI, you will need three tools : ChatGPT to write the story, MidJourney to illustrate your story and Riffusion for musical queues. All three a free.

  • The text: I asked ChatGPT to “Write a completely original fairy tale for a 4 year-old girl”. I was not fully pleased with the first draft so I asked “Can you make the characters more three-dimensional?” I recommend getting more creative with your prompt; this was just a Proof-of-Concept.

  • The illustrations: I asked Midjourney to create images using prompts. I tried to keep the visuals of my main character Lily similar throughout the story by using Alice in Wonderland, and a “cartoon” look. All queues are below the images.

  • The music: For added effects, you can use an AI music generator such as Riffusion to set the mood. I used “Calm music to help children fall asleep” as a prompt, which works fairly well.

That’s it. Literally. It’s that easy.

 

Result

Once upon a time, in a land far, far away, there lived a little girl named Lily. Lily was a curious and adventurous young girl with a heart full of wonder.
How To write a children’s book with AI
Disney cartoon of smiling Alice in Wonderland playing with a small doll in a big garden — ar 3:2
She loved nothing more than exploring the beautiful forests and fields that surrounded her home and discovering new things.
How To write a children’s book with AI
Disney cartoon of smiling Alice in Wonderland walking in a big forest — ar 3:2
One day, as Lily was playing in the woods, she came across a tiny door hidden behind a bush. Intrigued, Lily pushed aside the branches and peered through the door.
How To write a children’s book with AI
Disney cartoon of Alice in Wonderland opening a tiny magical door hiding behind a bush — ar 3:2
To her surprise, she saw a magical kingdom filled with sparkling jewels, dancing fairies, and singing birds.Lily couldn’t believe her eyes. She had always dreamed of finding a place like this, and now it was right in front of her.
How To write a children’s book with AI
Disney cartoon of a magical kingdom filled with sparkling jewels, dancing fairies, and singing birds — ar 3:2
Without hesitation, Lily stepped through the door and into the magical kingdom.
How To write a children’s book with AI
Disney cartoon of Alice in Wonderland walking through a tiny magical door hiding behind a bush
As she walked through the kingdom, Lily saw all sorts of amazing sights. She saw a pond filled with talking fish, a tree that grew candy instead of fruit, and a field of flowers that glowed in the dark.
How To write a children’s book with AI
Disney cartoon of Alice in Wonderland near a candy tree, a pond and a field of flowers — ar 3:2
But as the sun began to set, Lily realized that she needed to head back home. She turned to leave, but as she tried to find her way back through the door, she became lost.
How To write a children’s book with AI
Disney cartoon of Alice in Wonderland lost in scary a candy forest at sunset — ar 3:2
Panicked, Lily ran through the kingdom, trying to find her way back to the door. Just as she was about to give up hope, she saw a group of friendly fairies flying towards her.
How To write a children’s book with AI
Disney cartoon of Alice in Wonderland meeting a group of flying friendly fairies at night — ar 3:2
The lead fairy, a kind and wise old fairy named Rose, spoke to Lily. “Don’t worry, dear,” she said soothingly. “We’ll help you find your way home.”
How To write a children’s book with AI
Disney cartoon of a little blond girl in a blue dress talking to an old queen
Lily was so grateful for Rose’s help. Together, they flew through the kingdom, following the path that Lily had taken earlier. As they flew, Rose told Lily stories of her adventures in the magical kingdom and all the amazing things she had seen.
How To write a children’s book with AI
A blond woman and a blond girl in blue dresses flying in the distance over a colourful magical kingdom — ar 3:2
Finally, they reached the tiny door, and Lily stepped through it and back into the real world. As she made her way home, Lily couldn’t wait to tell her friends and family about her incredible adventure in the magical kingdom and the kind fairy who had helped her find her way home. And from that day on, she returned to the magical kingdom every chance she got, always grateful for the kind fairies who had helped her find her way home.
How To write a children’s book with AI
Disney cartoon of Alice in Wonderland going back to her house — ar 3:2
 

It’s not Shakespeare… but it did the trick. As an added step, I got ChatGPT to write a description and find the relevant tags for Amazon, where I published the book as a Kindle. If you buy it, the AI overlords win.

Good luck out there.

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