I've been reading a lot of picture books lately. . .
from my bookshelves,
and from the library bookshelves.
Why? To help me in writing picture books!
Here is a list of a few. I have put my comments in italics out from some of them.
Froggy Plays in the Band - Froggy's Sleepover - Froggy's Day with Dad - Froggy's Baby Sister
In the Froggy series of books I noticed the repeated phrase - more red in the face than green
Root Beer and Banana
Passing the Music Down - biographical - loved the language used in this one
Bats at the Library - rhyming
Martha Doesn't Say Sorry - good
Oh, Daddy - very short
Little Hoot - fun! Little owl wants to go to bed.
It's Not Fair - cute
Goodnight Goodnight Construction Site - rhyming - good one!
What's Under the Bed? - simple rhyme
This Place in the Snow - loved the language and use of words!
A Silly Snowy Day - a ridiculously cute story about a young tortoise who wants to enjoy winter
the dot - a simple, but lovely picture book about a girl who thought she couldn't draw
The Bumpy Little Pumpkin - a cute story about Little Nell, BIG Mama, BIG Sarah, BIG Lizzie and a bumpy little pumpkin her forest friends helped her carve. Like people, Jack-o-lanterns come in all shapes and sizes!
My Working Mom - Love it. The story, as written by the author, could have been about any working mom, but the illustrator did her magic. Have you read this? Do you know what her mom's job was?
I Took my Frog to the Library - cute. It is not just about a frog, but many other animals the girl brings to the library. They all wreck havoc, except for the elephant. But the elephant is so very, very big! So, she leaves her animals at home and the elephant reads to them.
The Lonely Scarecrow - I love books about scarecrows and have even written my own, which I hope some day will be published!
Owl Moon - One of my very favorites! I love the language in this one.
These are just a few of the many I have read in the last couple of weeks.
Are picture books just for kids?
Of course not, they are for the kid in all of us!
What are some of your favorites?