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How to Make a Picture Book Dummy

When I get stuck revising a picture book manuscript, the best tool I found to give me a fresh look at the story is a dummy. A mock up book, that is.

Picture books are about spare text, scene changes, a turning point, and page turners. When you physically lay

Writing Rhyming Picture Books


Dr. Seuss did it, and in the process changed the face of the publishing industry and became a beloved household name to children for several generations. So why do so many editors say they don’t want stories written in rhyme?

Many beginning writers ask about this well-known submission “Don’t”.

Perfect Pacing for Picture Books

Okay, I’ll admit it. I’m a library voyeur. I love eavesdropping on adults reading picture books to children. The best ones are more of a performance than a reading. A well written book brings out the thespian in each of us. I want my books performed! Pacing is at the

Picture Books 101


What is a Picture Book?

  • Illustrated stories and nonfiction for children ages 3-6, or 4-8.**     Designed to be read out loud to a child.


  • Text averages 1000 words or less (500-800 words is most common); books average 32 pages.


  • The text focuses on the characters, plot and action of the book. Very

How to Write a Picture Book Biography

Nonfiction picture books are a hit with children in the older elementary grades. The factual information appeals to teachers and kids doing school reports, while the illustrated format makes the books accessible to readers who are intimidated by large blocks of text, and perfect to read aloud to a classroom.

Formatting Poetry for Submission

If you’re submitting a rhyming text to a book publisher, you’re going to format a bit differently than prose formatting.  For books written in verse, using a full double-space between lines might make the text too loose and hard to read. Instead, use 1.5 spaces within the verses, and double

PODCAST – Darren Sardelli on the Art of Writing Children’s Poetry


Join Laura for an exclusive chat with children’s poet Darren Sardelli on the ins and outs of writing poems for kids, creating his own publishing company. setting up school appearances and lots more!

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