Friday, March 29, 2013

Story Time

To create a picture that works as a good read aloud story try thinking like a librarian. Story time is coming up--what books are you going to share with your squirmy little patrons? The books you'd choose probably need to be short and attention grabbing because crowd control is part of the job. Want to see inside the mind of a real librarian? Check out this and this because they can give you insight into what works in books for little children. And how you might write one that would be delightful in the hands of a librarian.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

PB Love-In: Story

The Picture Book Love-In starts now!
This is the first of a series of thoughts reflecting on why we love picture books so darn much.  I think the number one reason I love picture books is story.  We humans have an innate longing for story-- seen from our earliest scratchings on cave walls to the winners at the Oscars.  Picture books are a place for all kinds of stories to be lovingly passed along to the newest members of our human family.  Yep, I think picture books are wonderful because of the stories they hold.
Why do you love picture books?

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Ed Emberley

Ed Emberley is well know for his numerous drawing books and classic picture books, including the Caldecott Award winning, "Drummer Hoff." Meet him and learn about his career in the video below. Visit his website here.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Endings and Lots More

At the last meeting of the "Writing Children's Picture Books" I teach, someone asked if writing endings is hard for other people, too, or just for her? Check out #7 on this great list of short, pithy writer tips here. Then study the rest of them because there's a lot of good stuff. Like #4, a little fill in the blank story starter : Once upon a time there was ___. Every day, ___. One day ___. Because of that, ___. Because of that, ___. Until finally ___. 
What's your story going to be?