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Picture books are fun!

  1. 1. Picture Books Are Fun! (And they are not just for your little brother or sister.) They combine words and illustrations to make an exciting story in less than 500 words. Want to learn more? You will need too, if you are going to become a picture book author. By: Sherry Alexander, Author of Oliver’s Hunger Dragon http://www.sherryalexanderwrites.com
  2. 2. Reading picture books is fun, but writing them is better! Here are some Picture Books written by author friends. Psst. Notice the age levels. They are not just for babies!
  3. 3. By: Allyn Stotz (5-8 yrs) By: Robin Martin-Duttman (2-5 yrs)
  4. 4. By: Kelly Hashway (4-8 yrs) By: Julie Hedlund (3-7 yrs)
  5. 5. By: Selene Castrovilla (8-11 yrs) By: Alexis O’Neill (8-11 yrs)
  6. 6. What Picture Books have you read? Come on! You can share. Books, any books, are awesome! 6
  7. 7. Picture Books, like all other books, can help you learn about other cultures, different animals, your favorite sport, or take you to another planet. 7
  8. 8. They can be fiction or non-fiction Fiction: Not true Non-fiction: True 8
  9. 9. They can be written in rhyme like: How High Will It Fly I let my balloon go, While I stood in the snow. I wondered how high The red orb would fly. Rhyme: words that have the same sound By: DC Swain 9
  10. 10. Or . . . Getting Along With Each Other Under the dim light of the moon a loon, a baboon, and a raccoon Stood drinking at the edge of a lagoon. Which words rhyme? Do they make sense? By: Sally Huss 10
  11. 11. They can be written in prose like: The Girl Who Never Makes Mistakes For Beatrice Bottomwell, Friday began like every other day. Prose: written or spoken language in its ordinary form, without rhyming structure. By: Mark Pett and Gary Rubenstein 11
  12. 12. Or . . . Deep in the Sahara Deep in the Sahara, sky yellow with heat, rippled dunes slide and scorpions scuttle. Did you notice the Alliteration? The repetition of the same sound? By: Kelly Cunnane and Hoda Hadadi 12
  13. 13. Picture Books writers use different language to make their stories come alive.
  14. 14. Picture Books use literal language.
  15. 15. • Words that denote what they really mean. What books or stories have you read with literal language? A lion roars at the ground to confuse its prey. His bones never straightened. The sky is blue. 15
  16. 16. Picture Books use figurative language to make their stories exciting. Metaphors . . .similes . . .hyperboles . . . Oh My! • Figurative language uses words or expressions that do not have their normal, everyday meaning.
  17. 17. • A metaphor is a statement that compares two things that are not alike. My teacher is a star. My room is a disaster site! Maria is a chicken. Who can think of another metaphor? 17
  18. 18. • A simile compares two things that are not alike using “like” or “as”. Who can think of another simile? As clear as mud I feel like a pizza As light as a cloud 18
  19. 19. • A hyperbole is an exaggeration so dramatic that no one would believe it was true. Who can think of a hyperbole? I am so hungry I could eat a horse. My mom is going to kill me! Everyone knows that! 19
  20. 20. • Personification gives human qualities to an object or an animal. Who can think of a hyperbole? The lunch line slowed to a crawl. The wind’s icy fingers gripped my neck. Lightning danced across the sky. 20
  21. 21. • Onomatopoeia are sound words. What onomatopoeia can you think of? The wind whooshed past me The frog croaked. The bird whistled. Clank, clink, clap, and clatter; gurgle, grunt, growl, and giggle; bark, bray, buzz, and bang. 21
  22. 22. What type of figurative language can you find in this passage? The bubbling of the creek that seemed so loud a few moments ago, sounded muffled like a secret shared between sisters. Some small brown trout, shining silver in the sparkling sun, hurried upstream. Others sat and stared at us from tiny cracks. When we surfaced, a long-toed salamander scurried from one rock to another, its black, brown, and yellow spotted body glistened in the light. Anna shook my arm and pointed towards the sky. I rolled on to my back. A red-tailed hawk screeched as it soared over us. It’s giant brown wings blotted out the sun. Onomatopoeia; Personification; Alliteration; Simile; Hyperbole 22
  23. 23. Now, if you are going to plan, write, illustrate, and publish a picture book, you need a story with . . .
  24. 24. It also needs . . . A Character A Setting A Problem A Solution 24
  25. 25. Here is an example from Deep in the Sahara sky yellow with heat, rippled dunes slide and scorpions scuttle. you want a malafa so you can be beautiful too. When you tell Mama, she smiles. “Lalla, a malafa is . . . What is the setting? Who is the main character? What is the problem? Do you think she solves her problem? 25
  26. 26. Why does Lalla want a malafa? (this is the problem or conflict in the story) Your sister, Selma, in a malafa glows. Nothing but dark eyes show. More than all the camels in the land, you want a malafa so you can be mysterious too. 26
  27. 27. Why aren’t her reasons to have a malafa enough? (This adds to the conflict/problem) Read Deep in the Sahara 27 What is her first reason? What is her second reason? What is her third reason?
  28. 28. Lalla’s reasons for a malafa changed . . . (this is the solution) 28 How? Why?
  29. 29. How is the story wrapped up at the end? (Did you notice the summary?) Did you notice the summary? Read it together. See how all of Lalla’s reasons are answered. 29 What do you think of the ending?
  30. 30. Let’s think about your story. Will you write about an animal, a person, an event, or a thing? Will it be non-fiction or fiction?
  31. 31. Still can’t think of a character or a story? Here are a few ideas. Need more inspiration? 31
  32. 32. Anything and everything can spark a story.
  33. 33. Rewrite a fairy tale you remember.
  34. 34. Did something funny happen to you that could make a good story?
  35. 35. Do you like scary stories?
  36. 36. Or, do you like happy stories?
  37. 37. 37 But before you get started, you need to know one more thing.
  38. 38. Picture Books come in different sizes, and they share the space with the illustrations. They can be 24, 32, or 40 pages long. 38
  39. 39. 39 • 7 pages for your story • 8 illustrations • An author’s page This does not count your cover which will be construction paper. Your cover will contain the title, the author/illustrator’s name.
  40. 40. 40 It means you will need 7 short paragraphs of story. One paragraph on each story page. It also means that each paragraph will need an illustration. You will alternate a paragraph story page with an illustration page. Hint: In Picture Books, that paragraph can be as small as one or two words as long as it moves your story.
  41. 41. 41 Check out Sherry’s blog “Writing for kids and about kids” http://www.rightsherry.blogspot.com