Options for Picture Book Characters

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Picture book characters can make or break the story. We usually think of kids or at least humans as the main character, but there are other options. PICTURE BOOK CHARACTERS Humans 10 Little Fingers, 10 Little Toes. All the babies in this book are realistic babies. Inanimate Objects ...

Picture Book Settings

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Picturebook Settings The setting of a picture book is important because it determines much of the illustrations. Picture Book Settings When writing for kids, you walk a fine line between what is familiar v. exotic. Kids like the familiarity of neighborhoods, homes and schools. Yet, they also need to have their world expanded and literature is ...

Shakespeare Helps You Write a Better Picture Book

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When you're thinking about writing a picture book, the structure if important. With about fourteen double-page spreads, it's time to turn to Shakespeare for some help. Sonnets and Picture Books I think you can compare picture book structure to the structure of poetry. For example, sonnets have 14 lines, picture books can have 14 double-page spreads. ...

Check Your Picture Book’s Story Arc

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You've written your picture book text and it divides nicely into about fourteen sections, so your first draft is looking good. Now, focus on the narrative arc. Narrative Arc Formula Here's an easy formula to fill in for your narrative arc: This is a story about ______________________________ Who more than anything else wants __________________ (Alternate: Who more than anything ...

Picture Books: Those Confusing 32 Pages

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I got this comment and thought it needed to be a separate post: Tamar Asks: 32 pages? Not clear Hi, Thank you for your posts. They have been very helpful. It isn't clear to me from your posting of a 32 page book being standard, how many pages of text that translates into for the author. Or does ...