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Story & Pictures By


Runtime86 Minutes

Let us tell you a story about the boundary pushers who shape souls and give children strange dreams. The stars of STORY & PICTURES BY are picture book creators changing the narrative for the next generation, even when their own lives are not fairytales.

STORY & PICTURES BY is the first feature documentary to take audiences behind the scenes to meet the boundary pushers who create children’s picture books. The film follows Christian Robinson, Yuyi Morales, and Mac Barnett—the stars of the new “golden age” of kids lit— as they create experimental work that reflects the mysteries of childhood, champions the marginalized, and provides children with windows and mirrors, even when the creators’ own lives are not fairy tales. Through rare archival, untapped insights, and stop-motion paper animation, we also come to understand why classics such as “Goodnight Moon,” “Where the Wild Things Are,” “The Very Hungry Caterpillar,” “The Snowy Day, ” changed the art form and stand the test of time.


Co-Executive Producers

Jamie Wolf, Foothill Productions
Nathalie Seaver, Foothill Productions
Samantha Berger
Be Forward Productions


Eli Olson
Davon Ramos


Robin Mortarotti


William Ryan Fritch

Stop Motion Animation

Paper Brain


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