Some are evocative. (For me, this one brings on a gully-washer. *See my reason below*
Simple & pure.
Others are downright fun & silly!
Many stretch the imagination beyond our wildest dreams.
And, others let us know that we can be forgiven for our wrong doings.
Picture books can teach us how to rhyme or prompt us to say ridiculous words that make us giggle as they roll off the tongue. (You may be asking yourself...what's "Oobleck?")
Writing picture books is not an easy task, just ask any picture book author. They may even question themselves WHY do we do it? Well, quite simply, because children adore them, all over the world.
***I'll never forgive myself for not taping my youngest daughter reading, The Giving Tree when she was four. I cried every time she read it to me. The memory of her reading that story, over and over, is why picture books must exist.
If you have a few minutes, check out Ms. Sally Rose reading Ten in a Bed. OMG, it's priceless. I mean, look at that face!
My all-time favorite picture book has to be A Poky Little Puppy by the Texas author, Janette Sebring Lowrey and illustrator, Gustaf Tenggren.
Enjoy this cutetastic storytelling video of an adorable 23 month old. Even though all you can understand are the words, "Poky Little Puppy," she reads with feeling and adorable animation, which will leave you shaking your head with a smile.
This week NPR interviewed some fabulous picture book authors. Here's are the links:
NPR Interview with Mo Willems-Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus
and author Martin Salisbury gives us his thoughts on what draws the "read again & again" factor for picture books.
The Artistry of Children's Picture Books Revealed
Learn more about the history of picture books: The Picture Book
I'm giddy today. Do you want to know why? I attended our monthly SCWBI Schmooze yesterday. The one time I have the guts to bring something for an open critique, and an amazing Texas (published & well-known) author happened to come to her old stompin' grounds for a visit. I had no idea who she was. I've heard her name a thousand times and read her work, but never met her before. Respecting her anonymity, I'm not announcing her name, BUT she said my writing was, "evocative and beautiful!!!!!!" She also had some fantastic advice for me if I wanted to turn the story into a picture book. :)) Can you say cloud nine?
Do you have an all-time favorite picture book? What qualities do you believe makes a great picture book?
"Design is an essential part of any picture book. It is the first aspect of a book that a reader judges. It is the frame-work for the text and illustration. It is the subtle weave of words and pictures that allows both to tell one seamless tale." ~John Scieszka in "Design Matters" from the The Horn Book