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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7 responses to “Accountability helps: January goals reached (and a reading list for you!)

  1. Robert

    If I may, a list of recommended picture books should have at least one title with the word trains, or locomotives.

  2. Carol, thank you for all YOU have done to support 12 x 12. You’ve been such an enormous help. I also appreciate the list of books you read. I seem to be behind on the 2012 books, so it’ll be good to take that list next time I go to the library! 🙂

  3. Congrats on all you’ve accomplished, Carol! I’m going to take that list with me to the library and bookstore next. 🙂 Also, thank you for being a great Elf for 12×12!

  4. What a month! Congrats on all your successes and your self-motivation. I’m so glad I met you through 12 x 12, my little elf friend 🙂

  5. Carol Munro

    Teresa and Alayne, you’ll both enjoy reading RALPH TELLS A STORY. If you’re like me, you’ll totally relate. 🙂

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