Picture Books To Help You Be A Better and More Creative Writer

From KidLit TV team member, Terry Shay, here are two new picture books to help you become a better and more creative writer!

From guest writer, Terry Jennings, here is a wonderful list of picture books to help you become a better and more creative writer.
In THE PANDA PROBLEM by Deborah Underwood and illustrated by Hannah Marks, we meet a Panda “who lived in a beautiful bamboo grove. But the panda had a big problem.”

Well, actually, the panda didn’t have a problem but the unseen narrator is writing a story and to have a good story, the main character needs to have a problem that needs resolving. “That’s how stories work.” A story without a problem is not going to be very interesting to read.

The narrator asks the panda a series of questions trying to find a problem to explore. People who want to write interesting stories will love the journey in this book and the conclusion. The book will help draw out a great idea to explore.

Once you have identified a problem, NO BORING STORIES by Julie Falatko and illustrated by Charles Santoso will lead you through ways to make the plot interesting. In this book, a mole and a bunny, along with a cast of other characters, work together to create a story. Of course things go very wrong.

There is a list of important story characteristics in the book like, “relatable characters, inciting incident, rising action, climax” and each are illustrated with examples. After all, no one wants to read a boring story!

The best advice for being a better writer is to read as many books as you can. Choose books of all different age levels and interests. It would also be a good idea to carry a writer’s notebook around and keep track of your ideas. Check out this post from last year by author Anika Aldamuy Denise for more creative writing tips.

International Dot Day Links

If you’re interested in celebrating International Dot Day, you can find some great resources on my blog.

On The Horizon

LULA AND THE SEA MONSTER Alex Latimer. Coming from Peachtree Press on August 1, 2019. A fun tale of friendship with a message about how some construction has the potential to hurt animal and human life.


SING A SONG: HOW LIFT EVERY VOICE AND SING INSPIRED GENERATIONS by Kelly Starling Lyons illustrated by Keith Mallett. Coming  August 6, 2019 from Nancy Paulsen Books. This a beautiful book with an important message about how songs and music are passed down through generations.

Noah’s Favorite Morning Books Ever

Before Noah, the original Morning Book Club member, graduated from high school and book club, I asked him to create a video of all his favorite books from the over five hundred the club had read. Here are his selections:

BUNNY IN THE  MIDDLE by Anika Aldamuy Denise and Christopher Denise.
Henry Holt


SNAPPSY THE ALLIGATOR (DID NOT ASK TO BE IN THIS BOOK) by Julie Falatko and illustrated by Tim Miller.
Viking Books for Young Readers


DANDY by Ame Dyckman and illustrations by Charles Santoso.
Little Brown Books for Young Readers


PEDDLES by Elizabeth Rose Stanton.
Simon Schuster/Paula Wiseman


OCEAN MEETS SKY by Eric Fan and Terry Fan.
The Quarto Group


Dial Books


A CRANKENSTEIN VALENTINE by Samantha Berger and illustrated by Dan Santat.
Little Brown Books for Young Readers


SNAIL MAIL by Samantha Berger and Julie Patton.
Running Press Kids


A FRIEND FOR MOLE by Nancy Armo.
Peachtree Publishing


CHEERFUL CHICK by Martha Brockenbrough and illustrated by Brian Won.
Arthur A. Levine


MONSTER TRUCKS by Anika Aldamuy Denise and illustrated by Nate Wragg.
Harper Collins


IDA, ALWAYS by Caron Levis and illustrated by Charles Santoso.


Disney Hyperion


PIGS LOVE POTATOES by Anika Aldamuy Denise and Christopher Denise.


CRANKENSTEIN by Samantha Berger and illustrated by Dan Santat.
Little, Brown Books


101 REASONS WHY I’M NOT TAKING A BATH by Stacy McAnulty and illustrated by Joy Ang.
Random House Books for Young Readers


THE EPIC ADVENTURES OF HUGGIE AND STICK by Drew Daywalt and illustrated by David Spencer.


BRUCE’S BIG MOVE by Ryan T. Higgins.
Disney Hyperion


BIG CAT, LITTLE CAT by Elisha Cooper.
Roaring Book Press