In April of 2020 a remarkable picture book was released into the world. Inspired by the author’s childhood experience, the story follows the life cycle
Latin Grammy award winner Lucky Diaz’s Paletero Man has boogied from a finger-snapping song into a delectable picture book with a dramatic twist. Just as in the
All picture book author-illustrators need to consider how your story and images fit together. Even when the narrative is not told in actual words, it
There is a surprising range of tools available for you when constructing a memorable, even classic, picture book. Some are obvious: You will want the
Note: Candlewick Press sent me a review copy of this book. There is an art to writing a picture book. Rachel Stubbs paints and writes.
One book shows the edge habitat between a brown author growing up and the natural world that inspires her. The other is about four friends,
As 2020 ended, three picture books were given to me and I also read Gary Paulsen’s unusual memoir of his early years, written for 8
To transform a preeminent and beloved literary work into a graphic novel for young adults is a challenge for the brave. K. Woodman-Maynard’s adaptation of
The personality of a picture book evolves from the characters in your story. You, the illustrator decide whether they are cute animals, realistic children, or
This is a review of three books which together will help you build your illustrations. Molly Bang’s Picture This: How Pictures Work illuminates the core principles of
Self-publishing through a platform that is set up to print and sell your children’s books online would be fabulous, if not for one huge drawback.
Our stories are often long in gestation and as personal to us as if they were born of our flesh and blood. If you want