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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/
#1 - February 05, 2013, 02:55 PM

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Thanks for the post. Lots of great advice and some lovely book suggestions!
#2 - February 05, 2013, 08:45 PM
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Thanks! Lot's of great ideas.
#3 - February 06, 2013, 08:15 AM

This is great! Thanks for sharing it!
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Brilliant, simply brilliant! I especially love her discussion of emotional truth. It's something that's so, so necessary AND subtle.
Thanks, Julie!
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Wow, that was great! Just like taking a short course!
#6 - March 01, 2013, 11:37 AM

A fantastic post. I enjoyed 'Amos and Boris' so much. Thanks for sharing!
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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.
#8 - March 08, 2013, 06:56 PM

This is great! Thanks for posting, Julie!
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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!
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Awesome! Thx!
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