Saturday morning I was joined by twenty enthusiastic K – 5th graders for a special workshop on the “Art Of Picture Book Making” hosted by the wonderful book-loving staff at the Cranford Public Library.
Using GOODNIGHT, ARK as the example, we took a little journey with Noah and the animals to see how a picture book idea goes from spark to publication.
We also explored what makes picture books special. They are the only literary genre, with the exception perhaps of the graphic novel, in which the text and illustrations work together to tell the story. Neither is complete without the other.
After looking for examples of this in GOODNIGHT, ARK the children got busy brainstorming and writing their own picture books.
I know they were having fun because when our time was up, no one wanted to leave! The librarian graciously extended our work time by fifteen minutes. Hooray for young writers and illustrators! And hooray for picture books!