November 6

Picture Book Advice


1. Rule: “The single most important thing you can bring to picture book writing is respect for your young audience.”


1. Rule: “DO read recent picture books over and over again.”

2. Rule: “DO have your story solve a problem.”

3. Rule: “DO minimise description.”

4. Rule: “DO have thirty-two pages; only.”

5. Rule: “DO make sure the spelling is correct.”


1. Rule: “There are NO rules!”

2. Rule: “Have a strong beginning.”

3. Rule: ” Make it warm and humorous, so it can be read again and again.”

4. Rule: “Be yourself when writing your book.”