Category: Picture Books

  • Did you Write a Picture Book or Something Else?

    First write your picture book. Now, you need to check if the story is really a picture book text. Here’s where the hard work begins! Did you write a picture book? Once I have a story in hand that I think might make a picture book, the real work begins. Now, I must evaluate how […]

  • The Dual Audience for Picture Books

    After you’ve written the first draft of the picture book, let it cool off a week. While it’s cooling off, I’ll cover a few other things about audience and dealing with illustrations. Then, we’ll get to the fun part, revising the picture book. The Child as the Audience Remember that the audience for picture books […]

  • Write the First Draft of a Picture Book

    Write a Story To write the first draft of a picture book text, just write a story. That’s is. Just like you would normally write any story. Keep in mind that you want it to be short and you’ll leae visual details to the illustrator, but, otherwise, write the story. Don’t Worry About These 3 […]

  • Putting the Picture in Picture Books

    Picture Book Illustrations Picture books are illustrated stories. What does that mean to the writer of the picture book text? The biggest difference between short stories and picture books is the illustrations. Magazine stories, for example, may have one or two illustrations for each story. Picture books have an illustration on each page: you must […]

  • Picture Book Standards: 32 pages

    Picture Book Standards: Structure Picture books are almost always 32 pages. The reasons for this are physical: when you fold paper, eight pages folds smoothly into what’s called a signature, while any more results in a group of pages too thick to bind nicely. In addition, the 32 pages can all be printed on a […]

  • 30 Days to a Stronger Picture Book

    Fiction for children, especially younger children, comes in the form of picture books. This series of 30 posts explains how to write and edit the basic picture book, and goes on to discuss specific types of picture books. Picture Book Basics Picture Books standards: 32 pages Putting the Picture in Picture Books Write the First […]