Picture Book Month

November is Picture Book Month. That’s always a great incentive to get my brain churning. I’m cleaning out the cobwebs and searching for picture book ideas hiding in the recesses of my mind. November is also Picture Book Idea Month, and this year I decided to take the challenge – thirty picture book ideas in thirty days. I need to pull out all the stops so my mind and senses are at their sharpest.


Author coffee cup = motivation.

I know the basic elements of a picture book are characters, setting, plot, conflict, and resolution. But picture books are much more than that. Once the basics are in place, there are other challenges in order to produce a standout picture book. You need originality and a hook that grabs the reader’s attention in the first few sentences. Word choice is of the utmost importance as is the pacing in a picture book. Your story should have a story arc. It should flow easily and have an ending that satisfies. If and when you accomplish all that, you’re still not finished. It’s time to revise, revise, revise. Cut excess words and tweak for a tight manuscript that sings.

It’s day twelve of PiBoIdMo. I have twelve ideas. Some may have potential. Who knows? I need to put what I know about writing picture books into action. It isn’t easy, but I’m up to the challenge. Are you?

Make sure to check out Tara Lazar’s blog, Writing for Kids (While Raising Them), for some great posts by guest bloggers.

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