One of the best ways to learn the ins-and-outs of writing great picture books is to study great picture book. Many accomplished children’s authors testify to not only reading hundreds of picture books, but to re-typing them line-by-line into manuscript form. It helps them see patterns and devices that work together to make those other picture books successful.
Other hopefuls evaluate picture books using an outline or rubric.
Fellow blogger Nancy I. Sanders offers on her blog several aids for doing this. Specifically there are two rubrics for evaluating picture books: “First Page Picture Book Rubric” and “Picture Book Rubric. I find those rubrics also help me when I’m critiquing my own or other writers’ manuscripts. They are most useful to me for fictional picture books.
Click here and choose the correct tabs to download Nancy’s rubrics. She offers lots of free stuff here for children’s writers.
On that same page you can purchase her terrific duo of books for those of us who write for children–Yes! You Can Learn How to Write Children’s Books, Get Them Published, and Build a Successful Writing Career and Yes! You Can Learn How to Write Beginning Readers and Chapter Books.
I summarized the first title here for you.
Please visit Nancy’s blog and take advantage of those freebies.
And, please tell her that Jean sent you!