By Dow Phumiruk
I find it fascinating that so many books share the same themes or format. Two examples of common themes are:
- The main character has a flaw and must overcome it.
- The main character wants something and must work to achieve it.
Dissect books down to their basic structure, and you'll see the similarities. Your job is to put special touches on these story frameworks to make them uniquely yours. Here are some favorites that aren't new stories - just different perspectives!
- Be Kind, Pat Zietlow Miller, 2018
- No Kimchee for Me, Aram Kim 2017
- Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn, Kenard Pak, 2016
- Roscoe Versus the Baby, 2016
- Bagel in Love, Natasha Wing, 2018
- A Morning with Grandpa, Sylvia Liu, 2016
- If Your Monster Won't Go to Bed, Denise Vega, 2017
- Gaston, Kelly DiPucchio, 2014
- Maybe Something Beautiful, 2016
Dow is giving away a copy of her book, Maya Lin: Artist-Architect of Light and Lines or Mela and the Elephant upon its release in mid-April! To be eligible for prizes throughout the challenge, you must comment on each post, be registered, and consistently read picture books throughout the challenge.
Dow Phumiruk loves creating children’s book art and stories. Her big break came after signing with East West Literary Agency: soon after, she received an offer to illustrate Maya Lin: Artist-Architect of Light and Lines (by Jeanne Walker Harvey, from Christy Ottaviano Books). This book was a Junior Library Guild Selection, an Amazon Best Book of 2017, and has received a Horn Book starred review. Look for her upcoming projects: Mela and the Elephant, Counting on Katherine, and Mouse's Christmas Gift this year.
Dow has been a member of SCBWI since 2011 and of ReFoReMo since its beginnings in 2015. She lives in Lone Tree, Colorado with her husband, daughters, and an assortment of small pets (most notably a dwarf rabbit named Lottie and a cute bearded dragon named Sparkles).