on Writers on the Move:
While most authors know the answer to the title question, which comes first in picture books, the story or the illustrations, some newbies don’t.
The story should be written first then the illustrations should be created to enhance each scene (page or spread).
My reason for writing this article is because of a rewrite client I had. She created her own illustrations, which were good, but she wrote the story around her illustrations.
The sole purpose of the story was to describe the illustrations through a very weak storyline.