By Janie Reinart
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Don't you wish everything came with a user manual?
Here are tips for writing a "How to". Sounds like these tips could apply to picture books. Your challenge, should you choose to accept it, is to write a "How to" story.
1. Define who your user is.
2. Write in a way all users can understand.
3. Detail the problem the user is trying to solve.
4. Present instructions step-by-step.
5. Use graphic images as needed to support the text.
|by Jean Reagan|
The directions for How To Raise a Mom start:
"First of all, help your mom ease into the day.
How to start her morning:
-Let her sleep in, just a little longer.
-Then kiss, kiss, kiss her awake.
-Fling open the curtains and say, "Rise and shine! Your breakfast is ready."
At the end of the day, this story gives directions for bedtime: How to Put Your Parents to Bed by Mylisa Larsen
Pearl has been trying to build the perfect sandcastle all summer. Today is her last chance. She brings her robot pal to help.
|By Josh Funk|
"Hello, world I'm Pearl. It's the last day of summer vacation. Which means today is my very last chance to build a sandcastle. I've tried every single day, but something ruins it... But today, I've got the perfect plan. I've brought my trust rust-proof robot, Pascal. He'll do whatever I tell him-- as long as I tell him in CODE.
You'll never know when you will need this book: How to Trick the Tooth Fairy by Erin Danielle Russell.
Have fun creating user manuals to help solve some of the trickiest problems little kids come up against. Share some of your favorite "how to" picture books in the comments. This post will self-destruct in five, four, three...