picture books

Why Are Picture Books Shorter?

Two thousand words for a picture book is too long.  Then for a few years, the word count for picture books was limited to 1,000 words or less.  And now I'm repeatedly hearing 600 words is the upper max.  So why are they getting shorter and shorter? At this weekend's Maryland Society of Children's Book Writer and Illustrator conference, I heard a good, viable explanation.  Sylvie Frank, Associate Editor at Paula Wiseman Books, a group within Simon And Schuster Books for Young Readers, gave the reason.  She said that children are reading at a younger age now than they used to.  They are expected...

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