Shaun Tan on writing picture story books

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With the release of Shaun Tan’s latest book The Singing bones – it is interesting to read his reflection on writing children’s picture story books.

PICTURE BOOKS: Who Are They For?

By Shaun Tan

One of the questions I am most frequently asked as a maker of picture books is this: ‘Who do you write and illustrate for?’ It’s a little difficult to answer, as it’s not something I think about much when I’m working alone in a small studio, quite removed from any audience at all. In fact, few things could be more distracting in trying to express an idea well enough to myself than having to consider how readers might react!

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