A List of Books I Couldn’t Find

Yesterday, I went book shopping. I went to one of my favorite stores, where they are wonderful and helpful and where I almost always find something I haven’t seen that looks like something I want to read. I was looking for a book to give as a gift. But it’s not a big store, and they […]

Better Questions This Time Around

Better Questions This Time Around

I’ve pretty much spent the last year in picture-book revision mode–before the Big Sur workshop to get ready and after the workshop to integrate the feedback I got.  I’m sending these stories through my new critique group and then using their comments for yet more revision. But, as I submit to the group and wait […]

KidLit Craft: Elements of a Picture Book

KidLit Craft: Elements of a Picture Book

Aimee Haburjak and Kristi Wright wrote a post over at KidLit Craft that presents a nice, detailed breakdown of the picture book elements they found Wordy Birdy (written by Tammi Sauer, illustrated by Dave Mottram. Check out the post here.

Keith Negley’s MARY WEARS WHAT SHE WANTS

Keith Negley’s MARY WEARS WHAT SHE WANTS

I love good nonfiction picture books, but I don’t purchase a lot of them–I’m writing fiction, and so most of my book budget goes toward good examples of that genre. Every now and then, though, I come across a nonfiction book I can’t leave at the store. Keith Negley’s Mary Wears What She Wants was […]

A Cookie Would Be Nice

A Cookie Would Be Nice

First you decide it’s time to do “a little bit” with your website. You look through a few templates and browse some pictures. Then, of course, you find the picture you want, but can’t find a template where the picture will fit. And once you manage to do that, then you are faced with what […]

Playing with Wonder

Playing with Wonder

Kristi Wright posted this blog entry at KidLitCraft a few weeks ago, and the idea of wonder has apparently been simmering in my brain since then. I’m going back to a picture book idea I had just begun to play with in December, when I went to the Big Sur Writing Workshop. During the revise […]

Finding Balance (In Picture Books)

Finding Balance (In Picture Books)

Rhyming in a picture book is one thing–and, so far anyway, it’s definitely one thing I can’t do. (If you want to read a few books by authors who can, I suggest pretty much anything by Sue Fliess; Interstellar Cinderella, written by Deborah Underwood; and Cheerful Chick, written by Martha Brokenbrough,) There’s also rhythm which, I think, is made […]

Sunshine

Sunshine

The rain hasn’t completely stopped, but we are on Day Two of at least four days of sunshine, and I am wallowing in it. Normally, I consider myself a cool temps and misty grey type of person, but this winter–for whatever gazillion reasons–got to me. Today, I’m in  my office, wearing shorts, looking out the […]

Check out MG & PB Posts at KidLit Craft (YA Coming Soon)

I have done a bit of blogging over at the KidLit Craft website, back when they were MG Lunch Break and talking mostly about middle-grade books. Now they’re expanding their craft exploration to include picture books, with YA on the way. My first picture-book post is up today. Take a look!

Alan Gratz’ BAN THIS BOOK: The Journey of a Quiet Hero

Before I plunged myself so deeply into picture books, I was struggling with a middle grade book in which the hero was too quiet, too passive. There was a big disconnect between the “flavor” of the boy in my mind and the actions I was trying to make him do on the page. In part, […]