Reading was a huge part of my childhood. Some of my best memories are of my parents reading to me. When I was six and got lost at Disney Land, I knew what to do because of a Sesame Street picture book that my mom had read to me.
Your writing challenge for the next two weeks is to create a new story based off of your favorite picture book from childhood. Do one of the following:
- Re-write the picture book as a story for adults.
- Take the moral or theme of the picture book, and write a different children’s story with the same moral or theme.
- Why was that picture book your favorite? Identify element that made the book special for you. Then, write a story that contains that element, but otherwise is unrelated to that picture book.
One of my goals as a writer is to get at least one picture book published. However, the picture book market is very competitive. Below are two blog posts and an article about how to structure a successful picture book. I hope you find them to be as helpful as I did.
“Writers: The 20 Questions I Ask a Picture Book” by Rachel Hamby: https://rachelhamby.com/for-writers/ (Special thanks to Laurie Wallmark for leading me to this article.)
“Concept book, concept book. What do you see?” by Bonny Becker: https://booksaroundthetable.wordpress.com/2017/02/06/concept-book-concept-book-what-do-you-see/?wref=pil
“7 Ways to Structure Your Picture Book” by Brian A. Klems: http://www.writersdigest.com/whats-new/7-ways-to-structure-your-picture-book (This article ties in with Bonny Becker’s article. I think of the seven structures as seven writing challenges.)