If you want to write a picture book with a message, you HAVE to read The Rabbit Listened by Cori Doerrfeld. It’s the perfect example on how to tell a message without being preachy.
And it’s the topic of our Vlog today. Watch the video below!
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The Rabbit Listened is both written and illustrated by Cori Doerrfeld and focuses on what to do when you’re upset about something. I love how Cori chose a gender neutral story to tell her message here. It definitely helps both boys and girls connect with Taylor (the main character).
The first time I read this book, I was pulled in by the emotion Cori Doerrfeld brought to Taylor. It’s no wonder that this was one of the favorite books from 2018.
What does this mean if you want to tell a message?
It’s very common to want to tell a message in a picture book, however, it can come across as preachy or as if you’re talking down to the kids. Especially if you approach your story as an adult, rather than as a child.
By reading The Rabbit Listened, you can learn how to approach your story as a child. Think about your topic and how a kid would think about it. If you have to, act out the scenario or watch kids in a similar situation to understand them more.
Be sure to pick up your own copy of The Rabbit Listened by Cori Doerrfeld today. And check out these other articles around the blog to help you become a stronger picture book author:
- How to Tell an #Ownvoices story like Dreamers
- How to Root for the Underdog like Stumpkin
- Think Outside the Picture Book
- 3 Things Every New Writer Needs to get Published
- How to Use Adjectives in a Picture Book