What's better than a favorite picture book? Crafts and activities to go along with your favorite picture book! Below you'll find everything from sewing patterns to coloring pages and many, many free printables. Share, enjoy!
I've learned one vastly important lesson for writing picture books: I know absolutely nothing. Picture books, they're such a strange beast, so boundless, so beautiful. In some ways there are no rules, and yet there are, and... How does one know when a picture book is perfect? One just knows. But below find a few of my observations on the book I love most.
I started the first semester of graduate school knowing just a little more about picture books than I do about worms. Children love them, they come out on rainy days, and if you cut them in half, they really do die.
The 3 Act structure provides a perfect framework for any genre of picture book, about any subject. Plus thinking of it in terms of the grid we drew together, it can help immeasurable with pacing and troubleshooting a story that just isn’t working.
I believe four key elements unite the best of the best rhyming picture book texts: Structure, Speech, Surprise, and Story. Books that fail will be lacking in one (or more) of these key areas; those that succeed will demonstrate at least passing-grade competence in all four. Now to examine these elements more closely.
I think every writer reads (I hope so!), and I don't know a one who doesn't have strong opinions on what they read. I read for pleasure, but more than that, I use books to learn and develop as an author. Many of my reviews highlight things I've learned (or learned to avoid) through my reading.
Below find tips, lessons, and other nonsense all related to the business of writing. Some essays may be about the writing life, some practical instruction, some plain silliness. I hope all will inspire other authors in one way or another.
How *I* promoted my first book, which may not be how you (or anyone else) would promote anything, but just in case you're an author with a book releases looming and you're thinking, "What the heck do I do?" you can glean inspiration from me.
I did a lot of googling, considering, wondering before I decided to make postcards to go along with my first book's release. I needed to think about time it would take to design, expense to print, ultimate usefulness. Ultimately I decided in favor of postcards, and I'm glad I did. Below discover why!
I’m going to tell you exactly how I made Halloween Good Night’s promo trailer. I promise, this will be a thoroughly unhelpful tutorial—unless you know: Photoshop, iMovie, and scriptwriting—or are willing to learn a lot … fast. It also helps if Google is your BFF. Ready? Let’s begin!
I've been doing this writing thing for more than fifteen years. You'd think I would have an airtight process by now. You'd think I could write a book like “how to write a book.” Right? You'd think I wouldn't flounder with each new project as if I were the first one to wonder if a round stone could roll. Because really, this isn’t my first rodeo.
13 Must-Have Mobile Apps for Writers. Writing has changed since the days of typewriter and correction fluid (remember the little bottle of white-out with the brush, remember how strong it smelled, how fast it dried, how fun it was?). Pen and paper have been replaced in many fields by smartphones, mobile devices and laptops. But until recently it never occurred to me that more than just writing could be aided by technology.