by Paul Czajak
If there is one thing that I have gleaned from the great picture books that I lean toward it's the idea of simplicity. Simplicity in the topic, the arc and sometimes the writing itself. For me I love when an author can take nothing and turn it into something. The ability to write about the simplest topic and create an engaging story truly shows talent and for me, it is something that I strive for. Here are 5 books that seem simple on the surface but because of how they are written they are much more then just a story line.
I Want My Hat Back - Jon Klassen
Stuck - Oliver Jeffers
The Dark - Lemony Snicket and Jon Klassen
The Dot - Peter Reynolds
Sam and Dave Dig a Hole - Mac Barnett
When writing your story try to keep it simple, that way it becomes more relatable to your audience. Use your creativity, your writing prowess to make that simple story line great. That is what will make you a great writer, not what you write about but how you write it.