166: All About Picture Books – Interview with Trinka Hakes Noble
Hey there word nerds!
Today I have the pleasure of hosting author and illustrator Trinka Hakes Noble on the show!
Trinka is the award-winning author of over thirty picture books, and has been hailed as the champion of the picture book genre. Her latest book, Rettie and the Ragamuffin Parade, is a historical fiction starring a young girl named Rettie in 1918 America during the deadly influenza pandemic.
Listen in as we get the inside scoop on how Rettie’s world was created, and geek out about the picture book genre.
In this episode Trinka and I discuss:
- Crafting historical fiction that places children in the shoes of the characters.
- How to use big moments in history to anchor your story.
- Why it’s so important—both in general, but most especially in children’s books—that the main character not come across as a victim.
- The important differences between a “story book” and a “picture book” and distinguishing features in each of these forms.
- Why it’s so important to trust your illustrator when you write picture books, and how your art director and illustrator can elevate your book to new heights.
Plus, Trinka’s #1 tip for writers.
For more info and show notes: DIYMFA.com/166