How to Write a Summary for Kids

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Writing a summary for kids is a lot similar to the process of writing other kinds of summaries. Below are simple steps on how to write a summary for kids.

Step One: Choose an age appropriate text and read it thoroughly.

The first thing that you should do is to choose a text that will be appropriate to the age of your target readers. Avoid those that have adult content such as violence, sex, and profanity because people of young age might emulate what they see or read. After choosing the text that you will summarize, you have to read (or reread, if you have already read it before) it carefully and with comprehension just like when writing a book summary.

Step Two: Highlight the important things.

You should include the title, author, and an overview of the text in the introduction. Also find the significant points and lessons that the young readers should learn and emphasize them. Do not include the minor and irrelevant details.

Step Three: Keep it short and simple.

Children would prefer a short summary over one that is too wordy. Remember that your target readers are kids so do not use highfalutin words but at the same time, do not sound like you are belittling them. Young readers tend to have a shorter attention span, so your summary should be simple yet interesting.

Step Four: Edit your summary.

The last step would be to read your work again and double-check for errors in technicality as well as wrong use of words. Refine your work such that it would appeal to your target readers.

To sum up…

This write-up showing how to write a summary proves how simple this task can get. By following some of the pointers provided in this article, you will be able to come up with a summary without breaking a sweat.


  1. Be creative. Use your imagination to come up with a write-up that will get the attention of young readers.
  2.  Read children’s book. You may get some pointers on how to write for kids

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