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The latest in our best selling Encyclopedia of Art series now focuses on a popular topic for both writers and illustrators: how to make, craft, and sell children's books. This practical book is a step-by-step guide to becoming a successful graphic storyteller, showing how to create exciting plots and engaging characters that will delight young readers.Topics feature a wide The latest in our best selling Encyclopedia of Art series now focuses on a popular topic for both writers and illustrators: how to make, craft, and sell children's books. This practical book is a step-by-step guide to becoming a successful graphic storyteller, showing how to create exciting plots and engaging characters that will delight young readers.Topics feature a wide range of genres, from fantasy and fairy tales to action-packed adventure, and offers guidance on how to tailor work to suit different age groups. The Encyclopedia of Writing and Illustrating Children's Books also features a special section on the commercial realities of the children's publishing industry, with tips on presenting and promoting work, and includes a gallery of inspirational examples from renowned children's writers and illustrators.


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The latest in our best selling Encyclopedia of Art series now focuses on a popular topic for both writers and illustrators: how to make, craft, and sell children's books. This practical book is a step-by-step guide to becoming a successful graphic storyteller, showing how to create exciting plots and engaging characters that will delight young readers.Topics feature a wide The latest in our best selling Encyclopedia of Art series now focuses on a popular topic for both writers and illustrators: how to make, craft, and sell children's books. This practical book is a step-by-step guide to becoming a successful graphic storyteller, showing how to create exciting plots and engaging characters that will delight young readers.Topics feature a wide range of genres, from fantasy and fairy tales to action-packed adventure, and offers guidance on how to tailor work to suit different age groups. The Encyclopedia of Writing and Illustrating Children's Books also features a special section on the commercial realities of the children's publishing industry, with tips on presenting and promoting work, and includes a gallery of inspirational examples from renowned children's writers and illustrators.

30 review for The Encyclopedia of Writing and Illustrating Children's Books: From creating characters to developing stories, a step-by-step guide to making magical picture books

  1. 5 out of 5

    Carissa

    I have a B.A. In graphic design/illustration. I have wanted to write and illustrate my own book for a long time. It's been a while since I graduated, so I've been doing a lot of research to refresh my education as I'm starting to illustrate a book, and thinking out ideas on writing and illustrating my own after I complete this one commissioned by an author. This is the best resource I have run across so far that combines great info for people interested in writing, illustrating, and putting a fu I have a B.A. In graphic design/illustration. I have wanted to write and illustrate my own book for a long time. It's been a while since I graduated, so I've been doing a lot of research to refresh my education as I'm starting to illustrate a book, and thinking out ideas on writing and illustrating my own after I complete this one commissioned by an author. This is the best resource I have run across so far that combines great info for people interested in writing, illustrating, and putting a full book together. It has an excellent overview of techniques, the process, developing ideas, types of books (genres, age, board books, pop-ups and other novelty books). It goes into layout, typography, number of typical pages, creating storyboards, book dummies, submitting to publishers, showcasing your work, etc. It is a thorough overview of the entire process. The overview is excellent, but it does not delve into deep study of any area in particular. It is the perfect book for someone with some knowledge and experience of the process who needs refreshers, ideas, and learn some new basic things, but it isn't extremely detailed into anything specific, such as how to create a pop-up book, or how to use certain media, etc. However, it gives many, many resources on where to go (books, blogs, websites) to find more detailed information on anything covered in the book. It is definitely a five star book for someone who has a good idea of the basics, but just needs some guidance or ideas of where to start, or an interest in learning various techniques to decide if there is one he or she would like to learn more about and do some experimenting. In addition to resources on where to learn more, it provides the titles and authors of children's books that are examples of the technique or process being described. That gives the reader the opportunity to find the books and see examples in full. This includes books for toddlers through the teenage years and describes age appropriateness for writing and illustrating as well. It covers bits and pieces of just about everything a person with some background would be interested in knowing in order to fully move forward, but is also a great start for new authors/illustrators trying to figure out how to start and where to go next to go more in depth in any particular area. Great design, great examples, current info, and great color, print, and nice quality. The authors fit a lot into this book!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl

    This books covers it all, nuts to bolt, but only as an overview. I question whether beginners will understand some of it, and it definitely doesn't go into enough detail for more advanced readers. However, it recommends other books for each section, and I thought that the recommendations were good. One problem, and it was a huge irritation to me. Although the book is chock-full of very fine work from many illustrators, the individual pieces are not credited. The artists in the book are credited This books covers it all, nuts to bolt, but only as an overview. I question whether beginners will understand some of it, and it definitely doesn't go into enough detail for more advanced readers. However, it recommends other books for each section, and I thought that the recommendations were good. One problem, and it was a huge irritation to me. Although the book is chock-full of very fine work from many illustrators, the individual pieces are not credited. The artists in the book are credited at the end of the book, but it doesn't specify which pages they are on. COME ON!!!! This is a book about ILLUSTRATION! It should fully credit each and every illustrator! Just saying...

  3. 5 out of 5

    Bonnie Ferrante

    A great survey of illustrating styles. Lessons on color, expression, composition and different mediums. As well there are tips on where to find story ideas, the major points of story structure, writing for different age levels, graphic novels, and more. A terrific overview that provides the reader with enough of the basics to decide where they want to go in their own creations.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Shauna

    Envigorating, exciting, and intelligently written. This book motivates where others perhaps feed my fears about writing. It references great works, and so many new! I highly recommend it to anyone interested in writing for children.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Ljubica

    Simple, clean and illustrative reference manual for artists on getting started with creating your own children's books. Simple, clean and illustrative reference manual for artists on getting started with creating your own children's books.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Ilia Kole

    Had much more information than I hoped for! great book!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Ms Bright

    A fantastic picture book manual for artists, but no use for writers. 5 stars if you're an artist. It wouldn't be fair for me - as a writer - to rate this one, because it wasn't for me. However, I do think the title is hugely inaccurate and misleading. The word "Writing" shouldn't be there at all, let alone in front of any reference to picture book art. A fantastic picture book manual for artists, but no use for writers. 5 stars if you're an artist. It wouldn't be fair for me - as a writer - to rate this one, because it wasn't for me. However, I do think the title is hugely inaccurate and misleading. The word "Writing" shouldn't be there at all, let alone in front of any reference to picture book art.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie Ward

    If you are new to children's book writing or illustrating, this book is a fanstastic overview of various techniques and styles used in creating various types of children's literature and art. As a writer (oh how I wish I could illustrate), I found this a bit heavy on the illustration information. That said, it is incredibly helpful to learn a bit about the illustration side of this industry if you plan to be at all involved in the artistic side of the process. I especially appreciate the many ex If you are new to children's book writing or illustrating, this book is a fanstastic overview of various techniques and styles used in creating various types of children's literature and art. As a writer (oh how I wish I could illustrate), I found this a bit heavy on the illustration information. That said, it is incredibly helpful to learn a bit about the illustration side of this industry if you plan to be at all involved in the artistic side of the process. I especially appreciate the many examples of books that are good examples of the topic, illustrate a particular point or can be read to get more in depth information about a topic. From paper engineering (pop-up books) to colour theory to writing to appropriate age categories, this book is an incredible reference. I do wish that some of the writing topics in particular had gone into more detail and would have appreciated a full chapter on rhyme and rhythm, but overall, I think this is an approachable and very informative reference book to have in any author's or illustrator's library.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kris McCracken

    An excellent primer on some of the ins and outs of children's books. It's very strong on some of the various design options you have in illustrating stories, and is probably a 'must' if you're trying to get your head around writing one. An excellent primer on some of the ins and outs of children's books. It's very strong on some of the various design options you have in illustrating stories, and is probably a 'must' if you're trying to get your head around writing one.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Huda Fel

    My self-learning is starting to be FUN :D

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    Lyn

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  25. 5 out of 5

    Samantha McGuire (Mirror Bridge Books)

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    Emily Anna Herringshaw

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