Yaccarino believes we should keep notebooks (writers) and sketchbooks (illustrators). He talked of how, through the years, he has saved stacks of his sketchbooks. “You need a safe place to dump all your thoughts out - even the mistakes.” Yaccarino has often used his old sketchbooks to get his ideas from, as he works on new products. He also collects toys. His favorite are toy robots. He gets many character ideas from his toys.
Lastly, Yaccarino implored us to say “yes” to new challenges and to create books about things that we are interested in. He does.