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Picture Book Month

November 12, 2015

November is Picture Book Month. That’s always a great incentive to get my brain churning. I’m cleaning out the cobwebs and searching for picture book ideas hiding in the recesses of my mind. November is also Picture Book Idea Month, and this year I decided to take the challenge – thirty picture book ideas in thirty days. I need to pull out all the stops so my mind and senses are at their sharpest.

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Author coffee cup = motivation.

I know the basic elements of a picture book are characters, setting, plot, conflict, and resolution. But picture books are much more than that. Once the basics are in place, there are other challenges in order to produce a standout picture book. You need originality and a hook that grabs the reader’s attention in the first few sentences. Word choice is of the utmost importance as is the pacing in a picture book. Your story should have a story arc. It should flow easily and have an ending that satisfies. If and when you accomplish all that, you’re still not finished. It’s time to revise, revise, revise. Cut excess words and tweak for a tight manuscript that sings.

It’s day twelve of PiBoIdMo. I have twelve ideas. Some may have potential. Who knows? I need to put what I know about writing picture books into action. It isn’t easy, but I’m up to the challenge. Are you?

Make sure to check out Tara Lazar’s blog, Writing for Kids (While Raising Them), for some great posts by guest bloggers.

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Picture Book Month!

November 7, 2013

As soon as my daughter was old enough to hold a book and turn the pages, I took her to the library. It was love at first sight. She surrounded herself with picture books and was in book heaven. If it hadn’t been for all those wonderful books made available to us in the library, I don’t think my daughter would be the avid reader she is today.

Revisiting Special Places

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Children’s Room-Boston Public Library

There’s nothing like a good picture book to keep children entertained, and there’s nothing like the Children’s Room in the library to offer up books, cozy reading places, story hours, and activities.

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The picture book biography, Miss Moore Thought Otherwise, written by Jan Pinborough and illustrated by Debby Atwell, is a perfect way to honor a woman who was instrumental in organizing one of the first Children’s Rooms in a library and fill it with exciting books for youngsters to read.

Annie, as she was known when she was young, was not your typical girl living in the 1870s. She loved the outdoors and listening to poems and stories her father read. She wanted to be a lawyer like her father, but his death changed things. Annie ended up going the library school at Pratt Institute in New York. After she graduated, she got a job at the Pratt Free Library where she set up a Children’s Room, but her pièce de résistance was the Children’s Room she designed for the newly built New York Public Library. It became a model for libraries, nationally and internationally, all because Miss Moore Thought Otherwise.

Give a shout out to Anne Carroll Moore and all the others who played a role in creating a special space in libraries for our children to learn to love books and reading!


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