by Ann Whitford Paul
Writers Digest Books 256 pp.
6/09 Print ISBN-10: 1582975566 ISBN-13: 978-1582975566
I thought I knew everything about creating a picture book, until I discovered Ann Whitford Paul’s book, Writing Picture Books. After reading Paul’s book, I discovered more ways to make my picture book more successful.
She lays it on the line and emphasizes that writing picture books is not easy. And she’s right. A picture book author has to write a book that adults will want to read and that children will want to hear over and over and do so using very few words. Paul’s book discusses topics like character development, strong openings, the poetry of prose, endings, and much more. She provides a mix of hand-on exercises and instruction to help writers create great picture books that will appeal to editors and agents, as well as children and parents.
One of my favorite parts of the book was a layout of pages of a picture book to illustrate the importance of page turns. When I applied this technique to my picture books, I discovered that my page turns needed a little tweaking. With so many how-to-write books on the market, I recommend that you move this book to the top of your list. It’s an enjoyable read and perfect for those driven to create picture books for kids.