Ok, this is actually two questions that have to do with children's books, but I figured I'd just put them in the same post. First of all, how does one go about getting something like a picture book published? Do publishers look for different things (as in, do they care more about pictures than the story? I've read some pretty terrible picture books while babysitting story-wise) And how does one submit the transcript if they have both illustrations and the prose part? Do you submit them as they would appear in the book (as in, the text on the picture) or separately? Second question! And this one is subjective! Do you feel as through children's books (both chapter and picture) have changed in the past few decades? I recently preformed the play "Peter Pan and Wendy" in my High School. Some of the actors and crew had complained the play was "too depressing" and that we should change parts of it. Why? Because they didn't feel it was "right" that the last line was "and thus it will go on, so long as children are carefree, and innocent, and heartless". As this was my line, they all suggested I drop the last part, and I was confused as to why, as I had read the book as a kid and didn't find it odd. A friend of mine commented that she would never want to read that book, and she wished all children would just read "actual book for kids" like the Captain Underpants series. So, my question is: in this day and age, would a children's book more like Peter Pan, who kills people for the fun of it, be rejected? I've had some ideas I'd love to write as children's books, but they all have the same kind of serious undertones as something like Peter Pan and I'm worried I'll get the same response as the play did. Your thoughts?