When I first started writing back in 2009, some of my picture book writing buddies suggested I read 300 picture books. I already had way more than 300 picture books in my studio, but while I’d studied and admired the pictures, I hadn’t actually read many of them.
In terms of basic story telling structure, the following are oldies but goodies, too:
Frida, by Jonah Winter and Ana Juan
Tomas and the Library Lady, Pat Mora and Raul Colon
Not Norman Kelly Bennett and Noah Z. Jones
Anything written or illustrated by Eric Rohman
He is also an award-winning author. Some of his books for children include: Strong As Sandow: How Eugen Sandow Became The Strongest Man on Earth; Poet: The Remarkable Story of George Moses Horton; It Jes’ Happened: When Bill Traylor Started To Draw, and William Still and His Freedom Stories: Father of the Underground Railroad.
Don is a founding host of the The Brown Bookshelf –a blog dedicated to books for African American young readers; and a member of the #WeNeedDiverseBooks campaign, created to address the lack of diverse, non-majority narratives in children’s literature. He lives in Austin, Texas, with his family.