Happy Halloween! My son decorated this candy corn cookie (even though there aren't candy corns in Korea), and my daughter made an origami jack-o-lantern.
October/November are busy times of the year for picture book writers! I've been reading one picture book each day this month of October for Kathy Ellen Davis's 31 picture books in 31 days challenge. I've also been revising picture book drafts.
But I'm about to begin my 3rd year in PiBoIdMo--Picture Book Idea Month, started by children's author Tara Lazar. This challenge begins November 1st - 30th in which you write down 1 picture book idea each day. That's it. Sign up is free, and you get wonderful blog posts each day encouraging you with tips on how to find great ideas. It's fun to be in the Facebook group, as well, to encourage each other. Plus, there are prizes! I really like it because I end up with a wonderful notebook of ideas to keep me busy for the next year. I hope you join me!
Another event taking place for the month of November is Picture Book Month, started by children's author Diane de Las Casas, in which picture books are celebrated. Each day a picture book author/illustrator will share about why picture books are special. You can see the line up here. If you want to register to receive these emails, click on the owl to see the web site. A writing friend wrote A Picture Book Month Teacher's Guide if you want to alert your teachers to picture book month as well!
So I hope this encourages you to be creative and write this month of November. You're sure to come up with some ideas among all these great blog posts and professional tips and advice!
Happy writing! By the way, these cute light bulbs for PiBoIdMo were designed by the famous picture book creator, Joyce Wan!
Tina M. Cho, children's author
I'm a children's author and freelance writer for the educational market. Welcome!