Thinking About Picture Books with Perry Nodelman
Wonderful article at Chicken Spaghetti of Perry Nodelman's take on the specifics of creating picture books, "Thinking About Picture Books." If you are trying to create them - read this. It is absolutely illuminating. Here are some quotes:
"Like sonnets, picture book texts represent the fulfillment of complex requirements, but work best when they seem simple to read and make the fulfillment seems effortless."
"...on its own, a picture book text is not completely anything yet, any more than a playscript is complete before its performance."