Currently, I am working on my storyboard. The storyboard is basically a graphic way of organizing the sequence for a better visualization of the flow. In my infinite naivety, I had finished a rough draught of my story, assigned the pages and illustrations to the sentences and I was ready to go. But did you realize most picture books are a certain length? Exceptions certainly exist if you have the money or clout to demand whatever you want. I have neither. I had to restructure.
I found a post from the blog Writing for Kids (While Raising Them) by Tara Lazar. It’s a great blog I highly recommend. The post discusses the standard layout which is 32 pages. That includes your title pages, copyright pages, end pages, etc so your actual story pages are a few less. Anyways, here’s a great visual, courtesy of Tara Lazar that you can easily understand.
I have now restructured my layout within the 32 page standard and am ready to roll. I sure am thankful for the internet and all the great people out there sharing their wisdom!