I love being in my studio creating, crafting, working on my next children’s picture book! This week, I finished writing (pre-edited version) my story, The Magic Fairy Party Makers. (Working title, hum…is it a bit too long?) Yea! Big accomplishment! But, no rest of the “late bloomer”, so now I am in my studio creating a story board of rough sketches for illustrations to go with the text. Story boarding not only plays with the visual ideas to express the text but also the pacing of the book. Where the page turns occur are important to the pacing in the story because they need to build anticipation of what the next page will reveal. This is a key element to children’s picture books. You can see by the pic below that my story board, which is tacked up on the fridge, has a ways to go. Story boarding takes a lot of work and it will take more than one story board to get to the next step, which is creating something called a book dummy. Dummy!?! Hey, but it’s all happy work because it’s studio time!