Saturday, February 22, 2014

Jeannette Larson: Writing Picture Books

Jeannette Larson is senior executive editor of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Boooks for Young Readers.

The packed room starts by giving a loving shout out to all those many picture books we all loved as kids.

Because kids love picture books (and favorites stay with kids always), we've got to get it right and do it well.

7 Essential Ingredients of a Great Picture Book:

  1. Originality
  2. Rhythm
  3. Economy (less is more)
  4. Conflict
  5. Wholeness
  6. Purpose
  7. Authenticity 
7 Essential Ingredients of a Writer En Route to a Great Picture Book
  1. Curiosity
  2. Love of Language
  3. Observance
  4. Flexibility 
  5. Patience
  6. Courage
  7. Honesty

Jeannette shares bits of several picture books…always fun to hear.

HOORAY FOR HAT will be out later this year. 

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