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What does a picture book need?

Hi readers! Here is a post just for you.

Today I have a question and this question is: 

What does a picture book need?

You see, guys, I am writing a picture book at the moment; it is mainly for young girls and it’s about a princess. But one day I asked my mum: “Does a picture book need description? Or does it not because it has pictures?” Then my mum said, “That would be a good blog post: what does a picture book need?”

So here I am now asking you what you think a picture book needs.

So please don’t hesitate to comment; we want some answers!



Childtastic Books started out as a collaborative blog, written by me and my young daughter Holly. Now she's nearly a teen, she's off doing exciting and new things but I am still here, reading, writing and reviewing books for children and young adults of all ages. I miss her input but I hope she will pop in from time to time to do some guest posts! A little about me - I have just finished an MA in Children's Literature from the University of Roehampton (result pending, eeek) and am a part-time primary school librarian. The other part of my time is spent writing and editing, my own work and others, and I am waiting for my first non-fiction book to be published - a teacher resources pack for Handa's Surprise. I welcome comments and love to hear from visitors to this blog. Please note though that, because of time constraints, it is rare that I can read and review books from self-published authors. I receive so many requests and feel badly about not being able to keep up with them all. Thanks for visiting! Sam

3 thoughts on “What does a picture book need?

  1. If by description you mean a blurb on the back – yes, that’s really useful. I find the best picture books really use page turns – in other words the act of turning the page is important in the story. Maybe it’s used to heighten suspense, or to give a sudden unexpected reveal. I’m talking about physical books here – in a picture ebook/app they may not be as important (I don’t know – I don’t read them)


  2. *clear pictures that tell some extra detail for the story so that there is lots to talk about
    * not too much writing (I suppose that does depend on the age but brilliant stories can be told only through pictures)
    * a clear story with a beginning, a middle and a satisfying ending

    Hope that helps! All the best, Sally


  3. Hi, we recently did picture books in school and I think they need subtle detail not too much but quite a bit. The more detailed the pictures the less writing you need! Hope this is helpful, let me know how it goes!



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