Picture This: How Pictures Work by Molly Bang
Thrown in the midst here I have a book about how picture books work. Though the theatre voice in my head says that this should be required reading for every design and directing student to teach them about how stage pictures work because the concepts are the same and Bang communicates it so well. She uses Little Red Riding Hood to demonstrate many of the key points. She keeps on track with very little tangents and the points she gives cut straight to the core. No you’re not going to run off and publish your picture book after reading it but you will look at the books you read and other pictures you see in a different way.