The Caldecott prize criteria states that a picture book “essentially
provides the child with a visual experience.” How can writers leave space for
illustrators? My mentor texts focus on illustration techniques that add to the story
with design layout and composition.
· She broke the action into multiple images for more eye engagement.
· On the spread when the main character says goodbye to the cub, Candace conveys plot while Julie’s setting emphasizes emotion with a rainy day.
· The lack of color on the beginning end papers contrasts with the vibrancy of the island in the back end papers.
· During read alouds, kids usually notice the change that penguin Kirby brings to a polar-only island by “reading” the end papers.--
Back matter matters more when illustrators get creative. Timelines can become features when reimagined with art.
· In Keila V. Dawson’s Opening the Road: Victor Hugo Green and His Green Book, illustrator Alleanna Harris recasts the timeline into an actual road with period car models to mark the dates.
The road map timeline could become a classroom poster under the direction of the publisher’s publicity department.
Dive into Megan Dowd Lambert’s Reading Picture Books with Children: How to Shake Up Storytime and Get Kids Talking about What They See.
· Meant as practical guide for reimagining storytime, it will revolutionize the way you use words.
· Use it for how story is woven together with art. Learn how to “think with your eyes.”
· Peruse the "Glossary of Book and Storytime Terminology" for design terms that illustrators, editors, and other use.
I hope these books help teach how to “think with your eyes” as well as your words by inviting the illustrator into your writing.
Kathy is giving away a picture book critique (F or NF) or an "Ask Me Anything" phone chat via her perspective as a K-12 school librarian. To be eligible for prizes throughout the challenge, you must be registered by March 1, comment on each post, consistently read mentor texts, and enter the Rafflecopter drawing at the conclusion of ReFoReMo.
Kathy Halsey is Storyteller Academy’s Community Manager and Ambassador. She enjoys writing picture books, humor, and nonfiction. She received a PBChat Twitter Mentorship in 2019. Kathy’s active in SCBWI and blogs with other kid lit writers on the GROG. She serves on the Choose to Read Ohio Advisory Council and speaks at educational and literary conferences. Kathy’s a former K-12 school librarian and children's bookseller. Her passions include reading, gardening, music, OSU and the arts. Kathy lives in Columbus OH with her husband and silly Corgi Wiley. She writes monthly author studies for the Reading for Research Month along with Keila Dawson.