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05-04-2001, 11:49 AM
Hello All!

I am really new to this. I work mostly in acrylic. I don't know what it is but I have become fascinated with children's books. I feel it is because of the freedom of imagination. I have been trying to develop children's book. I really don't know anything about the process. Right now, I'm just working on the cover. So, can someone possibly describe the process to me or offer books to read regarding this. At this point I have just been mulling in the children's section, looking at different styles.

05-30-2001, 06:44 PM

Sorry to be getting to you so late on this...here are a couple of suggestions for getting into the Children's picture book industry.

Even as an illustrator, purchase the Writer's Digest magazine. Great way to learn. Secondly, purchase this classic book :

<A HREF="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0823059359/thecritiqueshop/107-2799613-5458935">Writing With Pictures: How To Write & Illustrate Children's Books</a>
by Uri Schulevitz

Second book:
<A HREF="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1582970130/thecritiqueshop/107-2799613-5458935">How to Write & Illustrate a Children's Book and Get Them Published</a>
by Writer's Digest Books

This book will give you the process and etiquete for getting "noticed."

There are others to look out for, but these are among the best.

Thirdly, join the Society of Children's Book Illustrators & Writers, again to get a "read" on the industry. It is good that you have been looking at many children's books. See where your style and way of working fits and approach those publishers who carry the type of work you do. They are always looking for new talent no matter what you hear. They will match you up with the manuscript and away you'll go...

And look for my book too, in the library http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif
"If I Had Long, Long Hair" by Angela Ewell Hunt


L. Diane Johnson (http://www.LDianeJohnson.com/) NAPA, PSA
2001/2002 Plein Air Workshops (http://www.LDianeJohnson.com/workshops/)

06-19-2001, 04:20 PM
I am currently doing diploma in graphic design, one of the briefs that we have to do is write & illustrate a childrens book. We visited the curator of the children's book collection at tyhe national library. I recommend talking to children's librarians, they know alot about what makes a good book.

A couple of tips she gave us were (010):
It has to be about something eg going to the park
The illustration have to match the text or the kids get confused
A serrif font is easier for them to read & make it large
They like humour & rhyme
Consider the placement of text & how it relates to the picture.

Hope these help.


06-27-2001, 10:46 PM
Hi Redshoes.I too have become fascinated with children's books.The art work in some of them is fantastic! Feel free to share ideas or great books with me and I shall do the same.Thanks also to Artistry.I am new to this arena and your suggestions were very helpful.Kim.

07-20-2001, 10:18 AM
Great information in this thread.
I would like to add another great book to the list.

'Writing and Illustrating Children's Books for Publication, Two Perspectives' by Berthe Amoss and Eric Suben

08-03-2001, 10:01 AM
Really great suggesttions, especially the Shulevitz book!
Another fun one is Caldecott and CO by Maurice Sendak, which explains his process.
Read the shulevitz book, look at alot of childrens books and styles. check out publishers and get a feel for what different ones are looking for
Get a list of publishers from the Childrens book council in NYC
Make lots of little rough draft books to get a feel for lay out, design, placement ( the shulevitz book explains everything!)
books are a wonderful art medium, but a whole world into themselves.
Have fun!