Hooray for Highlights!
Did you love Highlights Magazine as a kid as much as I did? Yesterday I received my regularly scheduled email newsletter from Kent Brown at the Highlights Foundation and was thrilled to find my name in it! The focus of this month's edition was "We believe in picture books." I'm so glad someone still does--enough that they've asked me to lead a workshop in September called "Writing for Little Eyes and Little Ears: Read-Alouds for Early Learners."
I love picture books because they are the perfect synthesis of sound, sight and sense (or in some cases, nonsense!). I especially love the "sound" part.
Picture books bear many similarities to poetry. Both depend on imagery, rhythm and musical devices to get their point across. Both are succinct and employ words to serve multiple purposes. Most of all, both are meant to be read aloud.... In the hands of a skilled writer, musical language can add immeasurably to meaning and overall effect.
In my workshop, you'll learn techniques for writing books for little ones that beg to be read aloud and have kids pleading, 'Read it again!' You'll learn how to make your writing sing!
I'd love to have you join me in Honesdale, Pennsylvania in September. See you then!