'Writing Picture Books' by Ann Whitford Paul,is really excellent and helps so much. It is called 'A Hands-On Guide From Story Creation to Publication' and does exactly that.
"Writing Magic" by Gail Carson Levine is my favorite craft of writing book. It isn't specifically for picture books, but does have advice about getting ideas, shutting out the internal critic, and developing characters that could be useful for any writer.
I second the "Writing Picture Books" by Ann Whitford Paul. It is excellent. I have sticky notes and written notes all throughout that book.
"Picture Writing" by Anastasia Suen. :) e
I know this is probably a dumb question, but I'm looking for an overview of what exactly the Picture Book Marathon IS. How does it work? What do we do? Is the idea to write a pb ms every single day? I'm on the email list and have been receiving the daily prompts, but I'm still not sure what to expect come February, so it's hard to know how much time I need to clear on my schedule.Thanks!
I third "Writing Picture Books" by Ann Whitford Paul and I also really like Nancy Lamb's book, "The Writer's Guide to Crafting Stories for Children."
For all those illustrators out there I suggest:1. Illustrating Children's Books Creating Pictures for Publication by Martin Salisburyand2. The Encyclopedia of Writing and Illustrating Children's Books: From creating characters to developing stories, a step-by-step guide to making magical picture books by Desdemona McCannon, Sue Thornton and Yadzia WilliamsTwo really great BASIC books to begin with.
"What's Your Story? A Young Person's Guide to Writing Ficiotn" by Marion Dane Bauer