My Picture Book Plate
by Beth Ferry
This got me thinking about what my Picture Book Plate would look like. What fills my plate and pleases my palate?
What is necessary to make a picture book nourishing and fulfilling to me?
This is basically what it would look like:
You will see my plate is filled with the things that satisfy my particular picture book palate.
I like puns.
I love rhyme, especially internal.
I love unexpected endings and unlikely friendships.
Funny and warm, sweet and silly – these are the types of books I like.
Most of these themes, styles, and devices are common in picture books, but the specific books that I would pile upon my plate might be very different than someone else’s.
Here is a small sample of some of the books that inspire me:
Learning what I like in other picture books helps me become a better PB writer.
It might help you too.
So identify the ingredients that please you.
Then seek out the books that use them successfully.
Taste the words.
Savor the ideas.
Feast on the funny.
Partake in some puns.
Sample different styles.
Every palate is unique.
Every plate is different.
What fills yours?