• Read and Explore some different Children's Picture Books

    Below you will find a series of links that will help you explore and read some recent and not so recent children's books. please take the time to go through as many as possible before you start to write your own.

    Assignment:  See if you can find these online and read them, 

    Dino-babyTime for bed, FredWhen Tom met Tallulah

    Assignment:  Below are Videos of a variety of different perhaps familiar books, watch them before you begin to write your own story.

    BE KIND by Pat Zietlow Miller and Jen Hill                              https://youtu.be/t6NUJ2JZz50

    Peep and the Big Wide World: A Peep of a Different Color           https://youtu.be/zKdqzvQDtvM

    Bully                                                                                   https://youtu.be/Ej1LIIN34SM

    Tyler Toad and the Thunder                                                   https://youtu.be/Q6aUVC8yW20

    Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!                                        https://youtu.be/h-apgoNwlhk

    David Gets In Trouble - By David Shannon                              https://youtu.be/3MaRo_RzxSI

    CREEPY PAIR OF UNDERWEAR                                                                     https://youtu.be/eAbEhukrlOs

    A BAD CASE OF STRIPES                                                                   https://youtu.be/QqnChSV2mdM

    THE BAD SEED by Jory John and Pete Oswald                               https://youtu.be/6uK-gIul8DU

    The TRUE story of the 3 little pigs by A.Wolf as told to Jon Scieszka               https://youtu.be/vB07RfntTvw

    Where the Wild Things Are (Original 1973 Version)                                       https://youtu.be/EzKVvbR6jSw

    The Very Quiet Cricket                                                                               https://youtu.be/YdiGEjz5b0Q

    The Very Hungry Caterpillar                                                                       https://youtu.be/75NQK-Sm1YY

    Where The Wild Things Are (ebook)                                                            https://youtu.be/2bptuYPvfgk

    The Mixed-Up Chameleon                                                                          https://youtu.be/FrmZeXf7ScU

    Teddy Bear at Bumpkin Hollow                                                                   https://youtu.be/IZ8Ai8ktEeM

    City Mouse/Country Mouse by Jan Brett                                                      https://youtu.be/KBj5SOXT5EI

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  • Intro to Children's Picture Books

    Writing and Illustrating Children's Books

    It seems like it would be a fairly simple task yet there are a multiple things to consider before getting started. Below is an excerpt written by Emma Blackburn, an editorial director for picture books at Bloomsbury Publishing. The original article was written for www.readingzone.com and reprinted  with 


    Read. READ & READ

    Before you start your own picture book, take a look at some of the wonderful picture books that are available at your local library, your school and your bookstore.

    This will help you to get a feel for the kind of stories that work and will open your eyes to a fabulous array of illustration styles and design. Of course, don’t copy but use these as inspiration.

    Tip: Read lots of picture books for inspiration.



    Picture books can be about all sorts of things. Let your imagination run wild and write down all your thoughts and ideas on a piece of paper. Don't be afraid to write down EVERYTHING - you don't want to forget a brilliant idea!

    Think about different characters and scenarios. Who will be your central character? Where will your story be set? What will happen? What about the ending?

    Leave some time to let the ideas settle. Come back to them and see which idea you think is the strongest and worth developing.

    Tip: Brainstorming at the initial stages is really important.



    There are lots of different picture book characters: aliens, monsters, dinosaurs, children, safari animals, domestic animals.

    Choose your strongest and most appealing character and think about how he/she might act. Is he/she loud/shy? Is he/she funny/scary? What is his/her world like? How about friends? What sort of character would your main character be friends with?

    It is important that your character will appeal to readers so make sure that your character is developed enough to keep readers hooked and wanting to read more.

    Your character's name is important. Think about a name that says something about your character's personality or character traits, or perhaps gives an indication of the story. For example, DINO-BABY by Mark Sperring and Sam Lloyd tells the story of a little dinosaur baby and his family.

    If your character is strong enough, then he/she could perhaps be developed into a series of stories. Think about other adventures for the character outside the one you are working on.

    Tip: Think about a strong name and a series of adventures for your character.



    Make sure that your storyline has plenty to keep your reader interested. It's important that each page of your book leaves your reader wanting to turn over the next page.

    Your story doesn't have to be a complicated one but it must have interesting things happening on each page (both in terms of the text and the illustrations).

    In TIME FOR BED, FRED by Yasmeen Ismail, the story follows a mischievous dog called Fred and his efforts to avoid bedtime. Each spread of the book has something funny happening to keep the reader hooked until, finally, Fred settles into bed at last.
    Tip: Think about page-turning scenarios for your book.



    A satisfying ending is a must. Make sure you know from the outset where your story is heading. See if you can think of an unexpected twist at the end of your book. A great example of an unexpected twist is contained in WHEN TOM MET TALLULAH by Rosie Reeve.



    The cover image for your book should be striking and immediate. This is the first thing that your reader will see when they pick the book up.

    Think about a strong image that says something about what the book is about and also one that is focused and not too busy. Generally a single image works better than a scene.

    Titles should also be snappy and give a feel for the story inside.

    For example, SHH! DON’T WAKE THE ROYAL BABY by Martha Mumford and Ada Grey is all about the arrival of a new baby at the Royal Palace and the lengths that the Royal Family will go to make sure that the baby sleeps peacefully. The cover image of the Queen parachuting is funny, striking and immediate and reflects the humour of the story inside.
    Tip: Keep titles and cover images snappy and striking.



    The illustrations and design of your book should reflect the feel of, and work closely with, your story.

    The text, illustrations and design should work in harmony to create an enjoyable reading experience.

    Be creative and keep your reader interested by using a clever mix of single page images, double page spreads and vignettes.

    Use an interesting font but always bear in mind that the text must not be tricky to read. Lauren Child's picture books are a great example of interesting, creative design working in harmony with a strong text and an imaginative illustration style.

    Tip: Make sure that the design and illustrations work with the text to create an enjoyable reading experience.



    Most picture books are 32 pages in length. Ideally the story should run over 12-13 spreads.

    Keep your story snappy and interesting – try not to write more than 700-800 words.  (Our story word count is 534 words)

    Make sure that you divide your spreads sensibly to allow for a satisfying beginning, middle and end. It's no good having a fabulous build-up to your story, only to discover that you only have four spreads left for the main story and the ending.

    Tip: Pacing is important



    Show your book to as many parents, teachers and children as possible and get their feedback.

    Tip: Feedback from readers is enormously helpful.



    Make sure you enjoy it. Creating your own picture book is challenging but rewarding!

    Tip: Have fun!

    YOUR Assignment

    You will need to write a story for a children's picture book that is 534 words. Once the story is complete you will break down the story (words) into a 32 page layout. The last piece will be the illustrations (these can be Photoshop, Illustrator or hand illustratored).

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  • !!! Adobe Character Animator

    So we need to work on one last tool before we can consider the choice for developing our Visual Storybook. It is time to work on Adobe Character Animator

    Your Assignment


    Please follow the link to learn more about this new program, find the program on your computer and when you open it it will offer you the option to learn, click on that and see what you can learn and do with this program.  As you watch you will have the chance to do what they are doing. Learning this will be a little tougher, I will be in on Friday so we can talk about any issues you have.


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  • Story/Rhyme of Thanksgiving

    Christmas poems have been around since "The Night Before Christmas" was written in 1823 under the name of "A visit from St. Nicholas" by Clement C. Moore. Look up the story if you haven't seen it or heard it and see if reading it jogs your memory.


    Your Assignment is to tell the story of Thanksgiving.


    Whether you tell the story in Rhyme, paragraphs or rap, make sure you cover all the elements, include all the imagery that the holiday presents.

    Email your Thanksgiving story when it is complete. This story will become the first story we illustrate.

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  • Photoshop Getting Started

    This is your chance to learn some of the tools before you begin your projects, please try each of the tools listed, you can create several images or work just on one through all the various tools.,
    If you have questions ask, once you have finished these images put them in your MP2 folder on your student 890XXXX account.
    If you missed the introduction to these then watch the video that is on the MP2 page and follow it to the other videos that explains the tools used.
    Examples are available on the Marking Period 2 Resources Page, please check the resources, there are print articles and other resources that you may find useful here.
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Last Modified on November 17, 2021