Here is a big shout-out to all aspiring picture book creators - we are looking for new texts for our 2017 publishing list.
But here is what we DON'T want stories about:
cute dogs/cute kids
how an animal/child/creature of any kind discovers it is different and that's okay
how much anyone loves anyone else.
We DO want stories that:
make you think
make you smile.
Of course these are the hardest stories to write. We want you to think outside the box and come up with something that is going to knock our socks off. A really child-friendly picture book has something very special at its heart. It is instantly accessible. It has a universal truth to it. It sings somehow.
Please don't try to rhyme if you're not good at it.
Don't overwrite - 300 words is pretty perfect.
Picture books that someone else published that we think are pretty close to perfect would be:
Stick Man by Julia Donaldson
The Tiger Who Came To Tea by Judith Kerr
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
Hairy Maclary From Donaldson's Dairy by Lynley Dodd
The Story About Ping by Marjorie Flack
Please read our manuscript submission guidelines here before you send in your work.
We would love to hear your suggestions for the best children's picture books of all time. Better still ... write one for us!