A picture book is something we all know and love. As children, we all read the enchanting stories about Peter Rabbit, the Cat in the Hat and the Very Hungry Caterpillar, and as adults, we love to read those same stories to our children. There is nothing quite like seeing a child’s reaction to the beautiful illustrations that we are lucky enough to find in picture books, both new and old.
But what is a picture book exactly?
To describe it in the simplest way; A picture book is usually a short story aimed at children, using vivid and imaginative illustration to capture a childs attention and intrigue. These picture books are often remembered well after childhood, which goes to show how effective books can be to an impressionable child.
Sarahs Childrens Books
Sarah has been drawing childrens picture books for the last 5 years,. She has developed a wide range of distinct but varied styles, which allow her to create many different kinds of wierd and wacky childrens books!
Here is a small collection of some books for young children, illustrated by Sarah.
I have an idea for a picture book, how can I bring it to life?
Every great picture book starts with a great story!
Whether it’s fun, silly or just a bit quirky, a story worth telling is a wonderful thing. I get lots of requests from people who have written a story for their friends or family, often parents who have written a story for their children.
These stories are sometimes based on real events, such as Holby the Beagle that was rescued from an animal shelter, or a more fictional story, such as Who has Dirty Feet? A story about a little girl that wakes up one morning with muddy footprints on her bed, who then goes around her farm asking the animals who has the dirty feet! The point is, any story that means something to you is always worth telling!
How do you go about creating the illustrations?
I work with all sorts of people to bring their stories to life, and here are some of the questions I ask myself when I put pencil to paper!
- Can the story be broken down into simple sentences?
- What style will suit the story of this book?
- Does the story flow across the pages easily?
- Is each page going to capture the readers attention?
When starting a picture book, I always make sure to read the story in full, build up some character ideas in my head and then do some rough sketches to see if you are happy with the style. Usually these take the form of storyboards, so you can get a good idea of how the illustration and your stories come together!
What about printing?
I can handle all of the printing for you, from dealing with printers to sending proofs. I have established links with printers to suit any budget, so I can provide cost effective printing options, whether you want 10 copies or 100 copies, I can sort all of that.
Once your book has been printed, I provide details of the printer so you are able to get any future books printed directly with them yourself.
How long will it take?
Every picture book is different, depending on the style chosen, the amount of pages and the complexity of the illustrations, this will quite obviously effect the amount of time it takes.
On average, I find that a book takes about 6-8 weeks to produce, from the initial storyboards to the finished printed book.
How do I get my picture book published?
This is a question I get asked a lot. My advice is to give publishers a physical copy of your finished book, otherwise, you may find it difficult to raise interest in your book.
You will also want to make sure that the publisher is right for you. Try and research the other books they have published, and see if your book fits with the type of books they make.
If you have any questions about Childrens books, feel free to get in touch with Sarah by clicking the button below.