Saturday, February 11, 2017

Panel: Four Types of Picture Books - Andrea Beaty

Four Types of Picture Books: A Closer Look

Andrea Beaty is the author of thirteen books for kids including the New York Times bestsellers Ada Twist, Scientist and Rosie Revere, Engineer.

After writing Iggy Peck, Architect, Andrea, along with illustrator David Roberts, had created a wonderful class of characters in the book. Creating another Iggy book that would feature that class of wonderful kids didn't work, so they took a closer look at the other wonderful kids in Iggy's class. Those kids had stories too. And so readers now get to enjoy Ada and Rosie's stories.

Andrea tells the room, "If you find something that inspires you, dig into that a little deeper." She encourages us to get to the truth about character. She sees these books as ones that explore character more than the occupations that are featured.

Andrea is not thinking about kids when she's writing a book, but she does think about the kid she's writing about (like Ada). It's more important. "When people say, 'I think a kid would like this,' kids can smell it a mile away."

On rhyme:
"A book tells me if it's a rhyme or if it's not...the book needs to demand rhyme."

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