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)
- NEVER LET A GHOST BORROW YOUR LIBRARY BOOK: BOOK CARE GUIDELINES FROM THE LIBRARY SECRET SERVICE by Karen Casale, ill Cecilia Rabora, 2012, Upstart Books
- 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.