Should Your Picture Book Set Out to Teach?

Image by the wonderful Emma Chichester Clark, from her blog Plumdog Knowing the key theme (or themes) of your picture book story is crucial when writing for children. Themes are the underlying idea that drives your story, the message or teaching you want to impart....

Know Your Layout: Picture Book Construction

Knowing how a picture book is constructed is worth diving into, even if it’s something that’s never crossed your mind. On a practical level we always suggest writers work on a picture book dummy to ensure the pacing of a story works and to build encouraging page...

Mocking Up A Dummy

Here at Flying Pants Editing, we love working on picture books. If you’ve worked with us you’ll know that one of the exercises we are keen to have writers work on is mocking up a dummy of their story, just the words, to check for flow, ensure that the all...

I’ve written a children’s book. Now what?

What a great question! Now what is something that we are asked often. Chances are that, despite the hours of toil put in, you’ve become almost too close to your own work. You know your characters so well that you may be unable to see that your main character has...