From Sunday's Maine Sunday Telegram Q&A with Children's Author Tomie dePaola:
Q: What are some of the components that make a good children's book?
A: If I knew that, I'd be a billionaire. I'd say if somebody wants to be an illustrator, go to art school to learn about techniques and colors. If you want to be a writer, my first question would be, "Do you like to read?" Because nobody can be a writer if they don't love reading. Try to find your own voice and be as honest as possible. Write about things you know or you feel deeply about.
Well said Mr. dePaola, well said.