Are you talking down to your audience and not even realizing it? Children are clever and they know when they're getting a morality lecture. Didactic picture books will get your story rejected in a snap. Learn to master picture books with purpose so children -- and editors -- will embrace your story.
Laura Backes is publisher of Children’s Book Insider, The Children’s Writing Monthly, and co-owner of WritingBlueprints.com (along with husband Jon Bard). Laura has edited and critiqued thousands of picture book manuscripts. Her credits include Best Books for Kids Who (Think They) Hate to Read (Random House); articles for Writer’s Digest, The Writer and Children’s Writer’s & Illustrator’s Market; and technical editor of Writing Children’s Books for Dummies.