ON WRITING PICTURE BOOKS

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Storyteller Daniel R Bernstrom

My name is Dan, and I'm the author of One Day in the Eucalyptus Eucalyptus Tree, and more books soon to come from Harper Collins. This is my personal blog. Feel free to read as much as you want. Take care.

Video: On Fancy Nancy and Heart

I often wonder if what I'm writing is any good. You think that this should matter, but it doesn't. Sometimes I write really bad, stupid stuff. But sometimes I write something that makes me smile or laugh out loud or cry. I work hard to suppress the voice in my head...

Lab: On Pain and Writing

It is late, and I should be asleep. I’m struggling to find words for a book. Every time I open the book, even read it, even try to put an inadequate word to the page, exhaustion tries to shut my eyes, tries to shut down my heart.   The words are not there. Nothing is...

This Morning: On Nonhappening Nonfiction Picture Books

Since closing yet another chapter three weeks ago on my middle grade book, I've been poking around in picture book land. I've revised two new picture books, revising another new fiction picture book, and am beginning to address a nonfiction picture book I've locked...

Lab: On Rhythm and the Picture Book

Using rhythm in a picture book connects to a child on a subconscious level. I did not realize this until I became a dad and starting reading about child development. My little girl was lots of trouble. She screamed, she had gas in her tummy, and she did not want to...