Category: Picture Books

  • Picture Books That Soar – With Leslie Helakoski

    For the past few summers, I’ve co-taught a picture book workshop with author/illustrator, Leslie Helakoski at the Highlights Foundation. HOOT AND HONK, Leslie’s newest picture book, follows an owlet and a gosling, who have trouble adjusting to sleep patterns when they end up in each other’s nest. The spare text in this beautifully illustrated bedtime […]

  • How to Write a Children’s Picture Book

    How to Write a Children’s Picture Book

    What are your favorite children’s picture books? Are they books you remember from your childhood? Are they books you read to your kids? Picture books, maybe more than any other literary genre, call up fond memories. Sharing a picture book with your parents or with your kids–it’s more than just a book. It’s an experience, […]

  • Picture Books and All That Jazz: A Report from Honesdale, PA

    A report from Highlights Foundation in Honesdale, PA. On Friday, June 10, 2016, twenty picture book writers joined Leslie Helakoski and Kelly Bennett for Picture Books and All That Jazz 2016. It was a great weekend! See the Facebook album of photos. The writers represented all levels from raw beginners to those on the cusp […]

  • I Want to Write a Children’s Book and Get it Published!

    If you’ve been writing or illustrating children’s books (picture books or novels) for long, you’ll hear this comment and question: I’ve got a great idea for a children’s book. How can I get it published? Here’s some answers to get you started. Write a Great Book The first thing to do is write a great […]

  • How to Write a MetaFiction Picture Book

    I’m working on a revision of my book, How to Write a Picture Book (Look for the new version in September). One section goes through various genres with tips on writing an ABC book, a narrative nonfiction, a picture book mystery, etc. One genre that I neglected in the first draft was metafiction picture books. […]

  • Review: The Art of Comic Book Writing

    One of the most puzzling, yet exciting formats for writers is the graphic novel. That’s the new name for comic books, or telling stories in a set of illustrated panels. In some writing a graphic novel is like writing a movie script, except the images are still instead of moving. Writing a graphic novel comes […]