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Title: Pages for PB
Post by: david-poston on July 26, 2015, 05:19 PM

  :help2 I am having an program. How many pages does an PB have. I know they have to be even number(2, 4, 6, etc). I am hoping to target Early Readers.

I am reading 'Writing Picture Books' by Ann Whitford Paul right now but still do not understand how to format the pages. Can anyone help me with that.

This is so much harder than writing for magazines when I did that.

Title: Re: Pages for PB
Post by: Artemesia on July 26, 2015, 06:11 PM
Actually, PBs are in multiples of 8 (having to do with the sheets they print on and the way they are folded). The most common is a 24, 32, or 40 page format, 32 may be the most common? I've been using the 40 page format which goes like this:

Page 1 cover
Pages 2-3 endpapers
Pages 4-5  Copyright/dedication, title
Pages 6-37 spreads (6-7, 8-9, 10-11 etc)
38-39 endpapers
40 back cover

Try this link on how to create a dummy (it has the 32 page model, i believe):

I would look at some comparable PBs in the library or book store to get an idea of what format would suit your book best.

Hope that helps!

ETA: Early readers are different than picture books, btw. Picture books are mostly meant to be read aloud to children (though many older children do read PBs by themselves). Early readers are a different animal. They have very simple language, and may have more pages, like around 60. Look at Mo Willems Elephant and Piggie books for a good example of an early reader.
Title: Re: Pages for PB
Post by: lisa-katzenberger on July 30, 2015, 12:32 PM
Check out this link for a great example of how to lay out pages for a 32-page picture book. The visual is outstanding!
Title: Re: Pages for PB
Post by: Debbie Vilardi on August 03, 2015, 08:36 PM
David, just a quick note. Early readers, books for kids learning to read on their own, also called easy readers,  get their own format. These books can have as few as four pages, and they come in levels. They can have as few as one word per page. Vocabulary and structure are controlled to make comprehensibility easier. In other words, this term has connotations you may not mean. Picture books are defined by the age group - 2-5 or 4-8 are most standard, but you'll see variations.

Good luck with your dummy.