Olivia, Fancy Nancy, Clifford, Nate the Great, Amelia Bedelia. Whether the characters are named in the story or not, almost every picture book has a character (or characters) in the driver’s seat. Alphabet books are no different, but sometimes the "characters" in the driver's seat are concepts, objects or even letters themselves.
If you are thinking about writing a children’s book, pay close attention to who your main character is. It doesn’t matter who or what the character is. What matters is that you have something driving the story. Once you figure out what is driving your story, you can ask yourself
· Is my driver unique?
· Is my driver distinct?
· Is my driver relatable?
· Is it clear to the reader what’s driving my story?
That’s all I’ve got to say about that, except these should also be key questions when you are reading mentor texts.
What’s a mentor text, you ask? For the answer to that you should check out Read for Research Month (ReFoReMo).
OK, now I promise I’m done. Onto THE GREAT ALPHABET DISASTER!