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Title: Writing a great read-aloud picture book
Post by: Julie Hedlund on February 05, 2013, 02:55 PM
I wanted to share this phenomenal post on how to write a picture book that gets read over and over (a key quality agents and editors look for) from February 12 x 12 featured author Kathleen Pelley. One member has called it a "Master Class." Enjoy!

http://www.juliehedlund.com/kathleen-pelley-february-12-x-12-featured-author/
Title: Re: Writing a great read-aloud picture book
Post by: Bobi Martin on February 05, 2013, 08:45 PM
Thanks for the post. Lots of great advice and some lovely book suggestions!
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Post by: davidbrown on February 06, 2013, 08:15 AM
Thanks! Lot's of great ideas.
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Post by: KatyD on February 06, 2013, 09:25 AM
This is great! Thanks for sharing it!
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Post by: Jean Reidy on February 06, 2013, 02:12 PM
Brilliant, simply brilliant! I especially love her discussion of emotional truth. It's something that's so, so necessary AND subtle.
Thanks, Julie!
Jean
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Post by: Christina Soontornvat on March 01, 2013, 11:37 AM
Wow, that was great! Just like taking a short course!
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Post by: Claudine Gueh on March 01, 2013, 07:22 PM
A fantastic post. I enjoyed 'Amos and Boris' so much. Thanks for sharing!
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Post by: nikileydecker on March 08, 2013, 06:56 PM
My favorite part of the article was this:

Emotional/Universal Truth

Any editor will tell you that a common weakness of many picture book manuscripts is that it is “too trite.”  In other words, it will not withstand multiple readings, because it is too one dimensional and lacks a universal, emotional truth.

What is an emotional truth?

It is NOT a lesson, a moral, or a message!  Rather it is a simple truth, woven seamlessly throughout the story -some truth about love, hope, pain, joy, or home that a child can understand and connect with.  I like to think of it as that whiff of wonder, that bolt of beauty which lingers with you, long after the last page is turned or the final word uttered.
Title: Re: Writing a great read-aloud picture book
Post by: lynnalpert on March 08, 2013, 09:05 PM
This is great! Thanks for posting, Julie!
Title: Re: Writing a great read-aloud picture book
Post by: Bobi Martin on March 08, 2013, 10:10 PM
I can tell when a book has a great emotional truth by the way the kids in my library react when I'm reading a book to them. "I Need my Monster" is a great example. I read it to all of my first and second grade classes (seven classes!) and now I can't keep the book on the shelf. Kids love the humor and the fun pictures, but the underlying message--never stated--is that kids have the power over their monsters. How empowering for 6-7 year-olds!
Title: Re: Writing a great read-aloud picture book
Post by: Pam on March 29, 2013, 09:06 AM
Awesome! Thx!