When one sees the crowded shelves of picture books at the library or discovers that thousands of new picture books are published each year, it is all too easy to collapse into a despairing heap of “what do I have to say that’s new”?
Plenty, if you say it in your unique voice and say it well.
The wisdom of Willa Cather and a classic cliché offer us a world of support and encouragement.
Says Cather: “There are only two or three human stories and they go on repeating themselves as fiercely as if they had never happened before.”
The nurturing cliché is “a picture is worth a thousand words.” Those of us who write picture books even though we cannot illustrate them ourselves can learn a lot from the visual arts.
The amazing Laura Vaccaro Seeger has this mega visual vitamin to offer in her book BLACK? WHITE! DAY? NIGHT!
At the same time you accept the reality of Cather’s statement, relax, enjoy, and go write YOUR picture book snowflake!
BLACK? WHITE! DAY? NIGHT! A BOOK OF OPPOSITES by Laura Vaccaro Seeger. Roaring Brook Press, 2006.