Building a Picture Book

Creating a story in just 32 pages!

Series 2 | Lesson 4

Creators | Sasha Beekman & Adam Wallace

In this lesson, Adam and Sasha will tell us about some of the parts that are found in most picture books.

They’ll show us how the format of a picture book can shape the way a story is told, and they’ll tell us a few important things to keep in mind when we’re creating our very own fabulous picture book stories.

Key Concepts:

  • The mechanics and physical elements of a typical picture book, including endpapers and title pages
  • Picture book manuscripts and formatting
  • Special picture book considerations, like: pacing, page-turns, double-page spreads vs single page and more


  • How to shape a story idea into a picture book manuscript

Resources for Building a Picture Book

Resources include lesson plans for middle and upper primary students, each with their own activities and supporting resources.

ST Series 2 Lesson 4 Education Resources
  • An illustrated poster explaining all the different parts of a picture book.
  • Diverse picture book suggestions to explore in your classroom and library.
  • A worksheet to help identify all the parts of a picture book.
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About Building a Picture Book Creators

Sasha Beekman

Sasha Beekman is a Thai-born writer, designer and book production specialist.

She grew up in Darwin and now calls Melbourne home, but likes to dream of the Top End whenever winter rolls around.

Her first picture book, When You’re Going to the Moon (illustrated by Vivienne To) was a CBCA Notable Book in 2019 for Picture Book of the Year.

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Adam Wallace

Adam Wallace is a best-selling author of children’s books.

Adam’s passion is to bring excitement, energy, humor and joy to children (of all ages!) through his books and school presentations.

He spends his non-writing time thinking about writing and going to as many live music shows as he can.

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