Writing Picture Books

Picture books present a whole new set of challenges. The pictures may perform a variety of functions, depending on the type of book. They can:

♦ tell the entire story without any text at all

♦ provide an interactive dimension

♦ provide an educational element

♦ add to the tone (humorous, frightening, exciting etc.)

♦ complement the story.

In picture books for the very young, it should be possible for the child to understand what is happening purely from the pictures alone.

Moving up in age, the illustrations should complement the storyline, adding depth and dimension to the story and helping to bring the characters alive.

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