Friday, June 14, 2013

Friday Fictional Fun: Using Music To Create Picture Book Magic

As a children's writer, I'm constantly on the lookout for inspiration. Music stirs emotion in me, and often times I'm struck with story ideas while listening. I came across an article about songs that would make good kid's books. You can read it HERE. Interesting concept, which of course, spun my mental wheels.

Here are a few I came up with. 

Eye of the Tiger by Survivor. The song speaks to me about the weak rising up. Being strong. Maybe an anti-bullying themed story.

Don't Worry, Be Happy by Bobbie McFerrin. This one doesn't need any explanation about theme. It's simple. Don't worry, be happy. An interesting take on this one could be how kids deal with their problems or anger. Sometimes worrying just makes matters worse. A turn-your-frown-upside-down book.

Car Wash by Rose Royce. What a fun concept for a picture book. I can imagine great illustrations and onomatopoeia. Maybe written for younger kids to get over a fear of car washes.

Cat's in the Cradle by Harry Chapin. The song itself speaks of a father and son's relationship and how the son grows up too fast. I love all the nursery rhyme lines in this song. 

Thriller by Michael Jackson. You know me, I <3 monsters. Monsterly picture books, what's more fun?

Imagine by John Lennon. Is there a better song? World peace. Getting along with others. Acceptance. It is multi-themed for me. Maybe a neat kid's non-fiction story about different cultures.

Umbrella by Rhianna. I love this song about friendship. And umbrellas are simply fun. Colors and shapes. The illustration possibilities are endless. Just listen to the chorus:

When the sun shines, we'll shine together
Told you I'll be here forever
Said I'll always be a friend
Took an oath I'ma stick it out till the end
Now that it's raining more than ever
Know that we'll still have each other
You can stand under my umbrella
You can stand under my umbrella 

Don't Rhianna's words make you smile?

Does music move you in creative ways? Try it! What songs do you think would make a great kid's book? 

Have a writerly week, y'all~


  1. No idea what songs would make a good kid's book. (Although your picks are good.) But I always write to music as it sets the mood.

  2. Take the Long Way Home by Supertramp. I think it'd make a great story.

  3. Josh Groban's When You Say The Words, always gets me in the mood to write romance!

  4. @Alex, you're right. Music is great for setting mood.
    @MPax, I love it!
    @Yolanda, Ah, now lots of songs inspire romance <3.

  5. TO WHERE YOU ARE is the music I wrote my Noir Native American mystery, LET THE WIND BLOW THROUGH YOU, to. BELIEVE by Josh Groban is a good song to write children's books to. Great post.

  6. I do like that Rhianna song. Imagine too--it would translate to nice PB pix!

  7. Candilynn!!! Thanks so much for stoping by to say hello, I appreciate it and am so happy for your thought :D I've been on vacation and chose to remain "unplugged" for a while to recharge. Feeling so much better now! Anyway, I hope everything is well with you, and it looks like I have some reading to catch up on! You have yourself a smashing day!!