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Picture Book University: Sign Up Today!

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I'm so excited to tell you about my newest postings--Picture Book University. This will be like a mini-picture book workshop. Every Monday, I will post about one aspect of picture book writing so you can hone in on that topic and really learn how to do it well or understand something you may not have noticed before. At the end of each post, I will give you an assignment to do for the week. Ideally, by the time I finish with these posts, it will be like taking a mini-picture book workshop.

To make it more fun (and also to help you complete the assignments), just sign your name on this post, sort of committing yourself to the workshop. If you'd like, I will put your name and a link to your blog on the right side of this website. Also, please post on your blog about this workshop, too. I'd really like to help other writers out there who might want to learn more about the art of picture book writing. If you don't want to miss a post, subscribe to this blog via email to th…

Picture Book Analysis: Sweet Baby Feet by Margaret O Hair

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For my next analysis, I decided to do a 180 from the previous book, NUGGET AND FANG. Instead of humor for a more sophisticated child, I wanted to highlight a book for little ones. And when you're writing for children ages baby-3, you need to do the unthinkable: RHYME!

Yes! Editors want you to rhyme for this age group. In fact, many of my published friends sell rhyming text even though editors (as well as agents) say they don't want this type of book. One friend even was asked to change her prose INTO rhyme. Wow.

Before I go into the analysis of SWEET BABY FEET by Margaret O Hair, I want you to take a look at that baby on the cover. Can we just say a collective AWWWW!!! SO CUTE!!! I normally won't highlight the illustrator in these kinds of posts, but Tracy Dockray draws the most precious babies on the planet. :-)

Now the real reason editors go out to conferences and tell you they absolutely don't want to receive a rhyming text is that like singing for American Idol, m…

Picture Book Analysis: Nugget and Fang by Tammi Sauer

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Instead of doing the standard picture book review that you can see on any old blog, I decided to do something different for my picture book writing readers. I'm going to take some newly released picture books (that I think knock it out of the book-park) and look at it with picture book author reading glasses. That way, maybe you can see more clearly what the author was trying to do and apply these lessons to your own work.

For my first analysis, I decided to use an almost PERFECTLY done picture book, NUGGET AND FANG by Tammi Sauer. There's so much to love and analyze that I think you should go out and buy this book right now. Keep it on your shelf to remind you how Tammi wrote such a keeper of a story that, quite possibly, could earn her a title series that may delight readers for decades. Yes. It's that good.

SPOILER ALERT! My picture book analyses will reveal the climax/ending to every story. So be forewarned!

Genre: Humor, for ages 4-7

Synopsis: Nugget has a problem. It…