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Every Word Must Tell

Illustration from  Some Writer!: The Story of E.B. White  by Melissa Sweet

Illustration from Some Writer!: The Story of E.B. White by Melissa Sweet

Strunk and White's The Elements of Style is a staple in the toolbox of many writers. Among the many good pieces of advice it contains, this is my favorite: omit needless words. It is both a guideline and a goal of picture book writers. Every word must tell.