Tons of celebrities have written them, and just about everyone you meet thinks they can write one. What am I talking about? Picture books! Although you see picture books just about everywhere you go, finding a quality one is not easy. Too long. Too short. Terrible art. Too confusing. Too busy. Too cliché. Ugh.
But they don't have to be.
Here's a basic definition of a picture book: a picture book is a book in which the illustrations play a significant role in telling the story. Traditionally, picture books are 32-page books for ages 4-8.
Here are a few helpful tips for writing a picture book:
-Know your audience. Children under 3 may miss the humor, and children over 8 may feel too old. Usually prek-1 is a good age range for picture books.
-Most picture books are 32 pages, so do not submit a 15-page picture book to editors.
-Check your word count and edit, edit, edit. There is nothing worse than a super long picture book. Keep the story under 1,000 words (500-750 is ideal).
-Picture books are meant to be read out loud, so read your story out loud and make sure it flows.
-Make a memorable character.
There you have it. If you want some good examples, check out Picture Window Books's two new picture book series: Little Boost and Monster Street.