How do I write a strong picture book?Let’s consult the professionals… picture book authors who know what it takes to succeed in the world of publishing.
Darcy Pattison, author of The Journey of Oliver K. Woodman (2009), offers great advice for rookie picture book writers in her blog called 30 Days to a Stronger Picture Book. This page is definitely worth bookmarking.
#1 tip from Darcy:
Consider the “dual” audience. Yes you are writing a children’s book, but who is going to read it aloud a million times? (As a librarian, I can truly appreciate this advice.) A strong picture book appeals to both children and adults.
#1 tip from April:
Read the latest copy of Children’s Book Authors and Illustrator’s Market. According to The Writer’s Store, “For more than 20 years, CWIM has been the definitive publishing guide for anyone who seeks to write or illustrate for kids and young adults. Inside you’ll find more than 700 listings for children’s book publishers and magazines, including a point of contact, how much they pay, and what they’re looking for.”
Think I will be asking Santa for the 2012 edition of this book!
#1 tip from Katie:
Join the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. I am receiving a membership to this organization for Christmas. Thanks, Mom!
Watch Katie in this short video called The First Steps to Getting Published
And now…for Perfect Picture Book Friday sponsored by
Title: Duck! Rabbit!
Written by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld
Suitable for: Grades K-2 (ages 5-8)
Themes: Creative Thinking, Point of View
Opening and Brief Synopsis: “Hey, Look! A duck! That’s not a duck. That’s a rabbit! Are you kidding me? It’s totally a duck. It’s for sure a rabbit…” Each two page spread features a simple black ink drawing of a mystery animal- it appears to be a duck on the left side but a rabbit on the right side!
Links to Resources: Duck! Rabbit! TeachersGuide
Why I like this book: This picture book is ingenious. The optical illusions are so simple yet so spectacular and hilarious! Duck! Rabbit! holds the reader’s attention from beginning to end. (And there is a surprise ending!)
Watch the book trailer!