Came across this useful post today by writer Sue Bradford Edwards that she did for WOW (Women-on-Writing) on how to write a picture book. While she is far more generous with her word-count allowance to prospective picture book authors (upto about 750 – I prefer to put the cap at 600), she gives a few pointed tips on how to keep the story child-friendly and forward moving. Read on: http://www.wow-womenonwriting.com/27-FE2-HowToWritePictureBook.html Read here for an earlier post by me on the same topic: We Err!
Story: Padmini Mongia Illustrations: Anita Varma Published: Young Zubaan , Apeejay Press Rs 195 Baby Crocodile had a little smile playing around her snout but never opened it. She just stared and stared. In a sentence: The cutest croc family, wise granny down to the silent little baby, in our part of the world! Book Blurb: Baby Crocodile has a problem. She just won’t open her mouth! Mama and Papa Crocodile try everything, but Baby just stares and stares. Sounds like a job for Grandma! Read More
Published By: Anjana Publishing Story: Bhakti Mathur Illustrations: Maulshree Somani Rs 350 Prince Rama, the oldest, was loved by all – His virtues knew no bounds. Kind, wise and brave, a warrior Unmatched on the battleground. In a Sentence: Ramayan, from Rama’s coronation until his return to Ayodhya from exile. Book Blurb: The Story of Rama, the righteous prince, Written ages ago by the poet Valmiki. This is Ramayana – an ancient, epic poem, As told by Read More
Just came across this on the Katha website: Bioscope has features on the 2012 IBBY Honours list! I am delighted to know of this for two reasons: 1) I have briefly met Mamta Nainy, the author, and have found her to be an exceptional person! 2) And two, the book is set right in the Mithila heartland (of Madhubani painting fame), which is where my origins lie 🙂 For details on the honour, click here.
While writing a picture book may seem like the easiest thing to do, here’s why it ain’t that easy-peasy, honey. And all of us picture book authors are sure to fall for one or more (in most cases, it’s all) of these common mistakes with the first few books. Click here for the rest of this new post on Snuggle Blog.
Published By: Little Latitude Story: Kalpana Subramanian Illustrations: Prashant Miranda From the series: Anahi and Vir If there was one place I could be I think it would have to be under the sea. In a Sentence and a half: THE PERFECT PICTURE BOOK! Well, almost. What is it About: If there was one place that our little girl Anahi would wish to be if she could, it would have to be under the sea. She is in love with what lies deep Read More
Published By: Tara Books Story: Nathan Kumar Scott Illustrations: Jagdish Chitara ‘I am the fastest animal in the jungle,’ he thought to himself. The other two books in the Kanchil series: In a Sentence: Come ye, come see, one and all / Tricks the trickster, this creature small! What is it About: A simply told (familiar) story + some exquisite artwork = an irresistible book that will keep drawing you to it again and Read More
Published By: Tulika Books Story and Translation: Ashwini Bhat Illustrations: Chinmayie Are you saying there is a story without an end? In a Sentence: The never ending story! What is it About: A little girl (with impossibly long pretty plaits!) urges her Ajji (grandmother) to tell her a story ‘as long as without an end…neverending…’ Form and language: The repetition of elements in the story will ensure a delightful perky participation from children all through and it Read More
Published By: Tulika Books Story: Sowmya Rajendran Illustrations: Renuka Rajiv Power Cut! In a Sentence: How a family’s spontaneous imaginativeness transforms a dreaded boring power cut in the night into a fun family game. What is it About: A family conjures up an entire jungleful of endearing animals by creating animal-shadows in the dark, without elaborate expensive toys and gadgets. . Form and language: Prose. The words are easy, simple, and kept to the bare minimum. Not a Read More
Published By: Tulika Books Story: R Amarendran Illustrations: Bhakti Pathak Anybody who saw her always pinched her cheeks and said, ‘Smile, Siri, won’t you smile?’ In a Sentence: The three-year-old Siri finds her reason to smile. What is it About: A curious little girl goes around the park asking everything to smile, because that’s what everyone asks her to do. The sun and the moon and the animals tell her they can do other things but Read More