Big red dogs. A mouse saying good night to the room and the moon. Twelve little girls in two straight lines.
The best children’s picture books evoke a sense of play and wonder, surprise and delight. They ask the tough questions (who wet Bear’s pants?) and provide the it’ll-all-be-okay reassurance second only to a loved one’s hug. And despite what many may think, they are notoriously hard to write.
In this lunch, we’ll explore modern picture books—the voices, the subtle tensions, the illustrative play, and most importantly, the readability. We’ll explore the fine line between the didactic and the dramatic. And we'll brainstorm ways to remake the classics.
Come on over—It’s story time!
Lisa Bubert is a writer based in Nashville, Tennessee. Her pitched and published work has appeared in Longreads, Texas Monthly, The Rumpus, Business Insider, and more. Her story, “Kitten,” which appeared in Pidgeonholes, was nominated for Best Small Fictions 2020. Her story, “The Coma,” which appeared in the final issue of Natural Bridge Journal, was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.