Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Webinar – Picture Book Plot: A Deep Dive

Date(s) - 04/29/2020
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm


What’s the deal with plot in picture books? How does it work? Why is it necessary? And what about “quiet books”? Together we’ll examine mentor texts to see strong and varied examples of plot. Finally, we’ll look at the start-to-finish process of creating a picture book with a strong plot—from manuscript to bound book and everything in between. Of course, we’ll have plenty of time for questions!


Sylvie Frank is Senior Editor at Paula Wiseman Books, a boutique imprint of Simon & Schuster’s Children’s Division. She is the editor of award-winning and critically acclaimed books including Strictly No Elephants by Lisa Mantchev, illustrated by Taeeun Yoo; I Have a Balloon by Ariel Bernstein, illustrated by Scott Magoon; Game Changers: The Story of Venus and Serena Williams by Lesa Cline-Ransome, illustrated by James E. Ransome; and OCDaniel by Wesley King. Since joining Paula Wiseman Books in 2013, Sylvie has been on the prowl for literary, character-driven middle grade and kid-focused, snappy picture books. She is drawn to original and diverse voices across all genres. One of her favorite pastimes is browsing agents’ and illustrators’ websites for new talent. When she’s not reading, Sylvie can be found running while listening to audiobooks.


Important information you need to know:

The cost is free! However, this webinar is for current Rocky Mountain Chapter members only. Please do not share webinar info or login.

Registration in advance for the live viewing is required! For details on how to register, please email one of the co-RA’s:

Jerilyn Patterson:

Dow Phumiruk: 


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