What Makes a Great Picture Book Writing Tip #3

Use Voice to Make Your Picture Book Come Alive



Many editors and picture book authors will tell you that the single most distinguishing feature between a great picture book and an okay picture book is “voice”. The problem is that “voice” is hard to define. Some think of voice simply as character dialogue, but voice is much more than that.

For me, voice is what gives your story personality. It’s the way your language usage and style create the mood for your picture book and stimulates emotions in your reader. It's the rhythm of your story. It's the way you structure your sentences. It might be how you leverage simile, metaphor, rhyme, repetition or contrasts. All of those things add up to the personality of your story and determine whether or not your picture book has the fresh, unique voice that an editor might be looking for.

Reading the books PIGGY PIE and OWL MOON provide nice examples of how these elements can work together to create two strong, yet very different examples of distinctive voice.







Old MacDonald had a Dragon      Cow Can't Sleep      Brave Little Monster

Old MacDonald had a Dragon

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