Monthly Archives: February 2013

A good day to read a book

I’ve read more than 100 books so far this year. Impressive, huh? No, I’m not an incredibly fast reader. Nope, I’m not a liar either. I really have read that many books! Here’s what I’ll be reading in the next couple days.

© 2013 Photo by Carol Munro

© 2013 Photo by Carol Munro

Picture books are quick to read, but don’t mistake them for easy. There’s nothing simple about writing or illustrating them. If you haven’t read one in a while, pick one from my favs list in my February 1 post and give it a read. 

Study it inside out. The more you look, the more you’ll see how complex it can be. Every word counts, every page break matters, illustrations complement and supplement the text — and vice versa. OK, I see I’m boring you.

So just grab a good picture book and enjoy!

Which ones are your favorites? I’d love to know.



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Accountability helps: January goals reached (and a reading list for you!)

Wow. Talk about holding my feet to the fire. YOU DIDN’T! Aside from the support from my 12 x 12 comrades (LOVE them!), I received no prodding, no nudging, no nagging to help me reach my January goals. That probably means you know my stubborn self very well, that nagging seldom works. So I guess thanks for that! The good thoughts you may have sent my way was energy enough to get me through month one. Here’s what I did:

  • One picture book drafted, and one submitted to an editor at a major publishing house. I also received one nice rejection letter (and no nasty ones).
  • Two picture book manuscripts edited.
  • One story submitted to Highlights for Children Fiction Contest.
  • 50 picture books read, most of them published in 2012. My favorites are listed below.
  • Jane Yolen met her promise to send a poem a day to her “subscribers.” No surprise there. In response to her 31 poems, I wrote seven. Yes, 7. But good ones, I think. I like them (though when I read them next month, I’ll probably roll my eyes and begin editing them — lol). Seriously, did you think I’d be able to keep up with that girl? I didn’t. The point is to do what I can, which I’ll continue to do in February.

Here are the PBs I read and loved. Go find them. Read them to yourself. Share them with people you love.

  • CRAFTY CHLOE by Kelly DiPucchio, Ill by Heather Ross, 2012, Atheneum Books for Young Readers
  • CREEPY CARROTS by Aaron Reynolds, ill Peter Brown, 2012, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
  • EXTRA YARN by Mac Barnett, ill Jon Klassen, 2012, Balzer & Bray (HarperCollins Publishers)
  • GREEN by Laura Vaccaro Seeger, 2012, A Neal Porter Book, Roaring Brook Press
  • THE HERO OF LITTLE STREET by Gregory Rogers, 2012, A Neal Porter Book, Roaring Brook Press (no text)
  • MAGRITTE’S MARVELOUS HAT by D.B. Johnson, 2012, Houghton Mifflin Books for Children
  • M.O.M. (MOM OPERATING MANUAL) by Doreen Cronin, ill Laura Cornell, 2012, Atheneum Books for Young Readers (56 pp)
  • RALPH TELLS A STORY by Abby Hanlon, 2012, Amazon Children’s Books
  • RANDY RILEY’S REALLY BIG HIT by Chris Van Dusen, 2012, Candlewick
  • UNSPOKEN: A STORY FROM THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD by Henry Cole, 2012, Scholastic Press (no text)
  • WHAT’S THE TIME, MR. WOLF? By Debi Gliori, 2012, Walker and Company      

If you write picture books (or want to), consider joining 12×12. Registration is open until February 28, and then it’s CLOSED until 2014.


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