Craft Book Read-Along: Writing Picture Books – Bibliography

writingpicturebookscoverI’m busy reading chapter 1 of WRITING PICTURE BOOKS and working my way toward the exercises Ann Whitford Paul recommends: typing out a “good” and “bad” published manuscript – I have the books, but haven’t actually typed them yet.

One of the things I intend to do during my study of WRITING PICTURE BOOKS is to read as many as possible of the picture books she cites as examples. I was surprised to find that my copy did not include a bibliography. Ann Whitford Paul posts about this on her website, and includes a complete bibliography there. However, for ease of use I have created a list of book titles organized by chapter. I’m hoping that, plus inter-library loan, will help me (and you, if you are reading along) efficiently collect as many as possible of these examples.

Books in bold type are cited two or more times in the book.

WRITING PICTURE BOOKS References

Chapter 1: Becoming a Picture Book Scholar

That’s Good! That’s Bad by Margery Cuyler

The Best Place to Read by Debbie Bertram

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Joffe Numeroff

If Animals Kissed Goodnight by Ann Whitford Paul

Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt by Deborah Hopkinson

Sam and the Tigers by Julius Lester

Old Turtle by Douglas Wood

Big Help! by Anna Grossnickle Hines

Bunny Cakes by Rosemary Wells

Owen by Kevin Henkes

I Remember Miss Perry by Pat Brisson

The Tenth Good Thing About Barney by Judith Viorst

Nadia the Willful by Sue Alexander

Whale Song by Tony Johnston

All You Need for a Beach by Alice Schertle

Ducky by Eve Bunting

Bedtime for Frances by Russell Hoban

The Magic Kerchief by Kirby Larson

The Other Side by Jacqueline Woodson

The Cats in Krasinski Square by Karen Hesse

Rotten Ralph series by Jack Gantos

Chapter 2: Building a Frame for Your Story House

The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf

Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

Bedtime for Frances by Russell Hoban

Click, Clack, Moo: Cows that Type by Doreen Cronin

How I Became a Pirate by Melinda Long

A Hole Is to Dig by Ruth Krauss

All You Need for a Snowman by Alice Schertle

I See Myself by Vicki Cobb

If Animals Kissed Goodnight by Ann Whitford Paul

Everything to Spend the Night by Ann Whitford Paul

B Is for Bulldozer: A Construction ABC by June Sobel

Diary of a Wombat by Jackie French

The Other Side by Jacqueline Woodson

The Alphabet Atlas by Arthur Yorinks

Chapter 3: Telling Your Story—Part One

Whose Mouse Are You? by Robert Kraus

Little Mouse’s Big Valentine by Thacher Hurd

The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by A. Wolf by Jon Scieszka

Big Pumpkin by Erica Silverman

The Wednesday Surprise by Eve Bunting

Nettie’s Trip South by Ann Turner

Diary of a Wombat by Jackie French

Written Anything Good Lately? by Susan Allen

Chapter 4: Telling Your Story—Part Two

Hello Toes! Hello Feet! by Ann Whitford Paul

Mañana, Iguana by Ann Whitford Paul

Sit, Truman! by Dan Harper

The Little Engine that Could by Watty Piper

I Am the Mummy, Heb-Nefert by Eve Bunting

Heartland by Diane Siebert

Knots on a Counting Rope by Bill Martin Jr.

Being Friends by Karen Beaumont

The Journey of Oliver K. Woodman by Darcy Pattison

Chapter 5: Telling Your Story—Part Three

The Wall by Eve Bunting

If You Give a Mouse A Cookie by Laura Joffe Numeroff

The Bat Boy & His Violin by Gavin Curtis

Owl Babies by Martin Waddell

Ruby in her Own Time by Jonathan Emmett

Chapter 6: Creating Compelling Characters

The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf

The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter

Bedtime for Frances by Russell Hoban

Curious George Gets a Medal by H.A. Rey

Rotten Ralph by Jack Gantos

No, David! by David Shannon

Olivia by Ian Falconer

Fancy Nancy by Jane O’Connor

Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes

Thank You, Sarah: The Woman Who Saved Thanksgiving by Laurie Halse Anderson

Owen by Kevin Henkes

The Recess Queen by Alexis O’Neill

Click, Clack, Moo: Cows that Type by Doreen Cronin

Harriet, You’ll Drive Me Wild! by Mem Fox

Loud Emily by Alexis O’Neill

Mary Veronica’s Egg by Mary Nethery

Go to Bed, Monster! by Natasha Wing

Everything to Spend the Night by Ann Whitford Paul

Mañana, Iguana by Ann Whitford Paul

Always and Forever by Alan Durant

If You Give a Mouse A Cookie by Laura Joffe Numeroff

Mr. Lincoln’s Whiskers by Karen Winnick

The Story of Babar by Jean de Brunhoff

Owl Babies by Martin Waddell

Fiesta Fiasco by Ann Whitford Paul

Count on Culebra by Ann Whitford Paul

Tortuga in Trouble by Ann Whitford Paul

Chapter 7: Diving Into Your Story

A Mouse Told His Mother by Bethany Roberts

A Chair for Baby Bear by Kaye Umansky

Roller Coaster by Marla Frazee

It’s My Birthday, Too! by Lynne Jonell

Uncle Jed’s Barbershop by Margaree King Mitchell

River Friendly, River Wild by Jane Kurtz

Hello Toes! Hello Feet! by Ann Whitford Paul

Mr. Lincoln’s Whiskers by Karen Winnick

It’s Not My Turn to Look for Grandma! by April Halprin Wayland

The Spider Who Created the World by Amy MacDonald

The Cats in Krasinski Square by Karen Hesse

Thank You, Sarah: The Woman Who Saved Thanksgiving by Laurie Halse Anderson

George Washington’s Teeth by Deborah Chandra

Dadblamed Union Army Cow by Susan Fletcher

Owl Babies by Martin Waddell

Little Monkey Says Goodnight by Ann Whitford Paul

Chapter 8: Creating Fabulous First Lines

No books recommended

Chapter 9: Three-Act Structure—Basic Plotting

Ming Lo Moves the Mountain by Arnold Lobel

How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World by Marjorie Priceman

Mary Veronica’s Egg by Mary Nethery

The Hatmaker’s Sign by Candace Fleming

Do Like a Duck Does by Judy Hindley

Chapter 10: Holding Your Story Together

I.Q. Goes to the Library by Mary Ann Fraser

Owen and Mzee: A True Story of a Remarkable Friendship by Isabella Hatkoff

The Buffalo Storm by Katherine Applegate

Ox-Cart Man by Donald Hall

Just Like My Dad by Tricia Gardella

Outside, Inside by Carolyn Crimi

Eight Hands Round: A Patchwork Alphabet by Ann Whitford Paul

Cornhusk, Silk, and Wishbones: A Book of Dolls from Around the World by Michelle Markel

Everything to Spend the Night by Ann Whitford Paul

B Is for Bulldozer: A Construction ABC by June Sobel

Count on Culebra by Ann Whitford Paul

Hippity Hop, Frog on Top by Natasha Wing

Dadblamed Union Army Cow by Susan Fletcher

A Year Goes Round: Poems for the Months by Karen Winnick

The Seasons Sewn: A Year in Patchwork by Ann Whitford Paul

The Seasons of Arnold’s Apple Tree by Gail Gibbons

Knots on a Counting Rope by Bill Martin, Jr.

Not a Box by Antoinette Portis

Mañana, Iguana by Ann Whitford Paul

Chapter 11: Does Your Story Make It to the End?

Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World by Marjorie Priceman

Little Monkey Says Goodnight by Ann Whitford Paul

Fables by Arnold Lobel

The Other Side by Jacqueline Woodson

Three French Hens by Margie Palatini

Not a Box by Antoinette Portis

Click, Clack, Moo: Cows that Type by Doreen Cronin

Chapter 12: Two Ss of Strong Writing

How Much Is a Million by David Schwartz

Chapter 13: Rhyme Time

No books recommended

Chapter 14: Making Music with Your Prose

The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey by Susan Wojciechowski

Go to Bed, Monster! by Natasha Wing

Owl Moon by Jane Yolen

Sholom’s Treasure: How Sholom Aleichem Became A Writer by Erica Silverman

Very Hairy Bear by Alice Schertle

Old Turtle by Douglas Wood

Coming Home: From the Life of Langston Hughes by Floyd Cooper

Something to Tell the Grandcows by Eileen Spinelli

Rupa Raises the Sun by Marsha Wilson Chall

Pages 154 and 155 have a long list of Ann Whitford Paul’s favorite poetry books.

Chapter 15: The Importance of Word Count

Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

The Mousery by Charlotte Pomerantz

Pat the Bunny by Dorothy Kunhardt

Hello Toes! Hello Feet! by Ann Whitford Paul

160-162 have lists of board books, picture books, and longer picture storybooks with their wordcounts.

Chapter 16: Grabbing the Reader with a Great Title

Many books listed here in the discussion on effective titles.

Chapter 17: Cut and Paste—Researching the Market

Click, Clack, Moo: Cows that Type by Doreen Cronin

Mr. Lincoln’s Whiskers by Karen Winnick

Hello Toes! Hello Feet! by Ann Whitford Paul

That’s Good! That’s Bad by Margery Cuyler

Not a Box by Antoinette Portis

Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

Chapter 18: Sharing Your Story

No books recommended

Chapter 19: Becoming a Detective—Researching the Market

No books recommended

Chapter 20

Craft books:

Poemcrazy: Freeing Your Life with Words by Susan Goldsmith Wooldridge

Story Sparkers: A Creativity Guide for Children’s Writers by Debbie Dadey and Marcia Thornton Jones

I’d Rather Be Writing by Marcia Golub

16 thoughts on “Craft Book Read-Along: Writing Picture Books – Bibliography

  1. Wow! That’s quite a list you’ve compiled, Carrie! Thank you! I haven’t even started reading her book yet.:( Maybe my hoping to keep pace is wishful thinking! I’m gonna try, though!

  2. This book looks like such a great resource for children’s books authors. What a list and there are definitely some classics in there! Do you think your library has most of these titles? That will be quite the research project!

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    • Thanks, Renee. I will check it out!

      It *is* a lot of books. It looks a bit longer than it really is because I listed all the books for each chapter (whether or not they had already been mentioned in a prior chapter) so there are many books that are on the list 2 or 3 times.

      At some point, I’d like to mark out which ones I’ve found to be the most helpful to look at (as opposed to the ones that are merely mentioned in passing) but for now, just wanted to get the complete list down on paper.

      I went to the library on Friday and they had maybe half or slightly more of the books on the list, but not all of them were in, so I’ll be doing a lot of inter-library loaning over the next month or so!

  3. I’m still waiting for my copy of WRITING PICTURE BOOKS to arrive. I’m behind already! AHH!
    And that list is great– thanks for posting it, Carrie. Did you type all that? I know I’ll have problems getting a hold of a lot of these books because I live in France. We have a few here from my daughter’s younger days and I’ll try to at least get some of the others, French versions perhaps. Fingers crossed my book arrives tomorrow 🙂

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