Since I am teaching kindergarten this year, I'm in the trenches of back to school picture books. Some picture books correlate nicely with a theme in which the teacher can use the picture book to support the classroom theme.
For example, I am using a pirate theme. There are soooo many pirate picture books out there. Sadly, I don't have that many, but what I do have, I'm excited to share because it goes perfectly with my theme. I found this image below on Pinterest.
My fun "assignment" for you is to think of a great classroom decorating theme and go write a picture book that a teacher could use with that theme. For example, I recently saw Planet Kindergarten (haven't read it yet), but that might be fun to decorate with a space theme. If you research "Kindergarten" or "back to school books," check out what themes have been used. Create your own. I don't want to be doing pirates forever!
If you'd like to know a trick of what to do when you're stuck in writing, head on over to my critique group's blog, Pens and Brushes, where I have a great suggestion. Happy Summer Writing!
How is your summer going? Are you getting much writing done? I'm at the Grog blog discussing this very thing--thinking like a writer in summer! Join me if you can!
Summertime means vacations, excursions to the beach, and plenty of playtime with the kids. But in my opinion, writers are never truly off work. We're kind of like professionals "on call."
You never know when some idea will pop into your head or some activity on vacation will start the wheels turning about a new plot.
For example, we drove to the ocean TWICE in the past month. It's three hours to the east coast of Korea where the water is cleaner and prettier. I took my trusty notebook, sat on the beach while my kids and husband played, and I wrote. I composed and sold a rebus to Clubhouse Jr and wrote a picture book draft for the 12x12 challenge I'm in.
One evening we explored the city we were staying in, and on a walk around a lake, I discovered the most beautiful field--a lotus field! I've never seen so many lotuses. The scent was heavenly. The perfect lotus bud reminded me of the children's movie Epic. My "on call writerly" brain made me take lots of pictures. This lotus field will make the perfect setting for a new story!
So you see--we writers are never on break. We're always researching and hunting down the next story.
If you have time, you can join me at Kidlit Summer School, hosted by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen and Kami Kinard, who run the popular Nerdy Chicks Write Blog. (Registration ends July 25)
Here are my lotus photos. Enjoy your summer!
Tina M. Cho, children's author
I'm a children's author and freelance writer for the educational market. Welcome!