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Tips For Telling a Children's Story

 

Tips for Telling a Children's Story

Sara Pinto is an award-winning author and illustrator of picture books. She and photographer Luciana Frigerio's most recent collaboration is the stop-motion animation series for Disney Junior, “Quiet Is...”  These are their words paired with images from the show... 

Making your own children's book can be fun and simple, but mostly fun! By creating a world out of everyday objects you can tell your story in whatever way excites you. 

Tips for Telling a Children's Story

Sara Pinto is an award-winning author and illustrator of picture books. She and photographer Luciana Frigerio's most recent collaboration is the stop-motion animation series for Disney Junior, “Quiet Is...”  These are their words paired with images from the show... 

Making your own children's book can be fun and simple, but mostly fun! By creating a world out of everyday objects you can tell your story in whatever way excites you. 

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Tips for Telling a Children's Story

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Plot Out Your Story


Give your main character a challenge, and the story unfolds from there. All you need is a beginning, a middle, and an end.

Plot Out Your Story


Give your main character a challenge, and the story unfolds from there. All you need is a beginning, a middle, and an end.

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Plot Out Your Story

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Create a Lovable, Playful Character


Whether it's your child's favorite stuffed animal or something you make by hand, it's always fun to work with a character who sparks your imagination.

Create a Lovable, Playful Character


Whether it's your child's favorite stuffed animal or something you make by hand, it's always fun to work with a character who sparks your imagination.

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Create a Lovable, Playful Character

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Select a Fun Setting For Your Story


You could build a set or choose a real-life place like your own home or a nearby park. Make sure the setting will allow your characters to come alive. 

Select a Fun Setting For Your Story


You could build a set or choose a real-life place like your own home or a nearby park. Make sure the setting will allow your characters to come alive. 

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Select a Fun Setting For Your Story

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Play!

The more you play around with your characters, the more fun you'll have. And fun is infectious, it will come through in your images!

Play!

The more you play around with your characters, the more fun you'll have. And fun is infectious, it will come through in your images!

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Play!

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Mix It Up!


In making your set, try combining objects that don’t normally go together. This makes for a more engaging image. Kids love silliness, so the more absurd the better.

Mix It Up!


In making your set, try combining objects that don’t normally go together. This makes for a more engaging image. Kids love silliness, so the more absurd the better.

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Mix It Up!

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Pay Attention to Little Details


When your readers look at your book over and over again, these details will be there for them to discover. Have little "moments" within the picture that help to support the overall image. 

Pay Attention to Little Details


When your readers look at your book over and over again, these details will be there for them to discover. Have little "moments" within the picture that help to support the overall image. 

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Pay Attention to Little Details

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Lights, Camera, Action!


Don't be afraid to use dramatic lighting to create a mood for your pictures. Sometimes a simple spotlight will do the trick. 

Lights, Camera, Action!


Don't be afraid to use dramatic lighting to create a mood for your pictures. Sometimes a simple spotlight will do the trick. 

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Lights, Camera, Action!

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A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words


Tell your story with pictures.  Make every word count. If it doesn't move your story along, get rid of it! 

A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words


Tell your story with pictures.  Make every word count. If it doesn't move your story along, get rid of it! 

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A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words

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Wrap It Up


A good story comes to a close with a nice, clean, satisfying finish. Whether it's a cliff hanger, a 'moral of the story' or a happily ever-after, be sure to end it with style.

Wrap It Up


A good story comes to a close with a nice, clean, satisfying finish. Whether it's a cliff hanger, a 'moral of the story' or a happily ever-after, be sure to end it with style.

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Wrap It Up

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