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Title: PB recommendations wanted : from a craft POV
Post by: shilpa on February 27, 2015, 10:06 PM
Hi,
I have exhausted the PBs available in our local libraries ( I live in Tokyo and Libraries don't have a vast collection of NEW children's book ) and I am looking for picture books published recently , 2013,2014,2015(?)  that exemplify the craft. I don't have a type in mind particularly, but I am looking for a slightly older age group 4 or 5+
I plan to buy them which is why I am putting up the question here rather than on google! I dont trust google as much as I trust the boarders ;-)
So if you were asked to buy a recently published picture book that can teach a writer about the craft of picture book writing  which one would it be?

Thanks in advance for your recommendations!

Shilpa
Title: Re: PB recommendations wanted : from a craft POV
Post by: Vonna on February 28, 2015, 07:44 AM
Rather than suggesting a particular book, I'd like to refer you to a wonderful blog called Picture Book Builders. http://picturebookbuilders.com/ (http://picturebookbuilders.com/)
This blog by picture book authors/illustrators Linda Ashman, Kevan Atteberry, Jill Esbaum, Pat Zietlow Miller, Jennifer Black Reinhardt, Tammi Sauer, Suzanne Slade, and Eliza Wheeler discusses current picture books with a focus on the craft of creating them.
Title: Re: PB recommendations wanted : from a craft POV
Post by: Stephanie Ruble on February 28, 2015, 08:55 AM
It might depend on what part of the craft you want to study. For instance:

Plot in PBs - anything by Tammi Sauer (and maybe look at descriptions of particular books of hers to see which might be closest to what you want to write)

Pacing in PBs - Creepy Carrots, written by Aaron Reynolds, illustrated by Peter Brown - it's paced really well and is for older kids.

Award winners can be good for overall PB craft too.

I think there might be threads on the boards with examples/recommendations of different types of craft issues in PBs to add to what people suggest here.
Title: Re: PB recommendations wanted : from a craft POV
Post by: HaroldU on February 28, 2015, 12:28 PM
You might get some ideas from this by Henry Herz:

https://henryherz.wordpress.com/2014/12/14/the-ten-commandments-of-picture-book-writing/

I recently enjoyed "Planet Kindergarten"--a first-day-of-school story with a twist in the setting...
Title: Re: PB recommendations wanted : from a craft POV
Post by: R. LaFille on February 28, 2015, 01:24 PM
Love those "Commandments" Harold! Learn the rules first, then break 'em! But only if the story demands it. (:
Title: Re: PB recommendations wanted : from a craft POV
Post by: shilpa on February 28, 2015, 11:05 PM
Thanks ! Vonna, yes picturebookbuilders is bookmarked and it is very helpful!
Title: Re: PB recommendations wanted : from a craft POV
Post by: mflaherty on March 02, 2015, 07:46 AM
for craft, I found Ann Whitford Paul's book: Writing Picture Books to be helpful. it's not a picture book, but it speaks on craft and has examples to check out.
Title: Re: PB recommendations wanted : from a craft POV
Post by: Tammi on March 02, 2015, 08:48 AM
You are in luck!

This month is ReFoReMo (Reading for Research Month).

Each day features a new post about using mentor texts to improve our writing. I'm loving it!  :running

http://www.carriecharleybrown.com/reforemo

P.S. Thanks for all the nice comments about Picture Book Builders and thanks to Ruble for the plug.
Title: Re: PB recommendations wanted : from a craft POV
Post by: Debbie Vilardi on March 02, 2015, 10:57 AM
Consider doing an author study of someone like Byron Barton or Lois Ehlert or Doreen Cronin. These folks have been publishing for years and have recent books. Read everything you can by one author in publication order and look at development. Has their style changed over time? Why? Do they use certain elements repeatedly? How does illustration bring something new to the story? How did the text leave that space open for the illustrator?

I could come up with questions for hours, but you'll think of your own as you go through. You'll be surprised what you notice.
Title: Re: PB recommendations wanted : from a craft POV
Post by: shilpa on March 02, 2015, 12:43 PM
 :ty

Lots of good stuff abd food for thought! Thanks!!
Title: Re: PB recommendations wanted : from a craft POV
Post by: TMarie on March 03, 2015, 10:46 AM
The Plot Chickens, by Mary Jane and Herm Auch (2010 Holiday House)