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!



  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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