Picture Book Project

Ms. Hernandez

Melissa High School Spanish III






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Last update 3/2/2012



Before You Begin

Read this stuff before you start writing and you will write a better book.


Useful Links

Stuff you need to know.

Nine Factors That Make a Picture Book Successful

Great advice for writing. You really need to read this.

An Illustratorís Guide to Creating a Picture Book

Ditto above. This one focuses on layout and design.

Twenty Dos and Doníts

By author Mem Fox. The best advice is down toward the bottom.

So You Want to Write a Picture Book?

Scroll down for great story ideas.


Directions for Setting Up Your iGoogle and Google Docs

A step-by-step how to create an account and use it.

Google Docs

Log in here. Follow the directions above to create your account, then add the gadgets Gmail and Google Docs.

Screenshot Directions

If you make your images online and canít save or download them, here is an easy way to get them into your book.




Sources for Clip Art

Please respect copyright laws.


Art Tools

If you use these, plan on spending some time learning how they work.

Microsoft Office Images

Download clip art, illustrations, photos, and sounds.

Discovery Education Clip Art

Free and cutesy.

Creative Commons

Search for copyright friendly clip art, art, photos, and more.

Classroom Clipart

Lots of animals, holidays, dinosaurs, habitats, nature, transportation, etc.

Squidoo Educational Clipart

A link site connecting you to many other sites with free clipart.

Clipart for Kids

I like this site because it has clipart characters in many different poses. For example, the same squirrel looks happy, sad, surprised, etc.



Create your own comics. Seems to work better with IE than Firefox or Chrome. Youíll need to create a free account to use. To get pictures from this† into your Google Docs, youíll need follow the screenshot directions above. Click here to see a sample (please excuse the bad Spanish).


MakeBeliefs Comix

Another online comic creator.


Kerpoof Studio: Storybook Creator


Aviary Tools

For editing photos/images, screen capture, audio editing, and more.


Sumo Paint

A online paint/draw tool with some nice features.

Picture Book Authors

Check out their web sites for ideas and advice.


Some Famous Picture Books

Remember these books? Sure you do!

Eric Carle (The Very Hungry Caterpillar)


Corduroy by Don Freeman

Patricia Polacco (The Keeping Quilt)


Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson

Jan Brett (The Mitten)


Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina

Chris Van Allsburg (The Polar Express)


Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

Laura Numeroff (If You Give a Mouse a Cookie)


Alexander & the Terrible, Horrible, No-Good, Very Bad Day by J. Viorst

Greg Tang (The Grapes of Math)


The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats

Ezra Jack Keats (The Snowy Day)


Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey

Kevin Henkes (Wemberly Worried)


Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel by Virginia Lee Burton

Dr. Seuss (The Cat in the Hat)


Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin, Jr.

Tedd Arnold (Fly Guy)


Miss Nelson is Missing by Harry Allard, Jr.

Marc Brown (Arthur)


Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes

Robert Munsch (Love You Forever)


Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

Barbara Park (Junie B. Jones)


The Relatives Came by Cynthia Rylant