Picture Books - spark their imagination, because in a story, anything is possible...

Picture books need to work on more than one level - in theory they're meant for young children and babies, but think about that for a moment... how many of that age group go out and pick their own books...?

...Yes I know you can take a toddler into a bookshop and let them choose, but really the books have to appeal to the adult who is going to buy the book too.

So... What makes a good picture book?

 

  • A good cover - something bright and eye catching.
  • An intriguing title - obviously aimed at the adult not the child, as we're aiming at young children who can't read yet.
  • Appealing pictures - make the characters come alive.
  • A good story - these can be deceptively simple, but a lot of thought has gone into those few words that have made it into the final draft.
  • Relevant - stories set in everyday situations that children and adults can relate to - make us laugh at ourselves, and see the funny side of things that can otherwise seem trying... especially if you're not getting enough sleep...
  • Magical - spark their imagination, because in a story, anything is possible...

 

 

My picture books - judge them by their covers, and if one grabs you - go and check it out in my online bookshop. 

 

  

 

  

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