Rachel Ip’s Top Tips for Picture Book Writing

Want to write a picture book, but don’t know where to start? As any experienced writer knows, 500 words can be just as difficult to write as 50,000. How do you build a story? How do you create a character? How do you create your world? And all of that with fewer words than a…

Rashmi Sirdeshpande’s Tips for Picture Books

Rashmi Sirdeshpande is a picture book author, writing both fiction and non-fiction texts, and is our partnering author for picture books for the #DACBaccess month. Here are her thoughts on why the open month is important, and her very best tips for picture book writers and illustrators.   A note about the open submissions month …

Lorna Scobie makes a difference with The Art of Ping Pong

It’s almost time for BBC’s Children in Need and our illustrator Lorna Scobie has been doing her bit. Lorna has joined eight of the UK’s top artists and illustrators in teaming up with Fivefootsix and designing a ping pong bat for the charity. The bats (kindly supplied by Topspin Sports) will be auctioned from today until…

MONSTER OF THE MONTH

This month, MONSTER OF THE MONTH illustrator, Jon Holder, took some advice from the Children’s Writers’ and Artists’ Yearbook and spent some time with his target audience. Jon took his work-in-progress to three UK schools and read it aloud to hundreds of primary school children aged eight and up. Jon said, ‘To say I was…

MONSTER OF THE MONTH

This month the winning monster came from Rhoslyn Salisbury in Cheltenham. She has just moved house and said ‘I’m sitting in the bath preoccupied with the thought that there’s a monster constructed of the previous tenant’s hair down the bath drain, about to spring up from under the plug at any moment.’ Congratulations, Rhoslyn! Meet…