Susanna Leonard Hill has another contest (I seriously don't know how she does it). The challenge for this contest is to write an original story with kid-appeal, 250 words or less, that focuses on a holiday treat! My brain kept substituting "peppermint mocha latte" every time I read "treat" but maybe that's just me. You … Continue reading 2019 Holiday Story Contest
Susanna Leonard Hill, a true kidlit treasure, hosts these amazing holiday contests that challenge writers to think creatively and efficiently. With a limit of 100 words, I wanted to try some free verse this year. But then I wanted to see it rhyme. Rhyming is SO HARD!! I won't even tell you how many "practice" … Continue reading Happy Halloweensie!
I have read over 350 picture books so far this year. I think it's one of the most important exercises I can undertake as a picture book writer for so many reasons but here are a few of my favorite: I keep track of every book I read which means I have a database - … Continue reading Read what you write
Do you know Kaitlyn Sanchez? If you're in the world of kidlit, she's a good person to know. She's passionate, helpful, creative, and extremely hard working. And, lucky for all of us, she and Lydia Lukidis have put on a contest full of amazing prizes! You can check it out for yourself here! With a photo … Continue reading Official Kidlit Fall Writing Frenzy Contest 2019
Hey picture book writers,Need a reason to throw a dance party? Oh, I see you are already dancing. Good for you. That's why you write for kids.Well, if you need ANOTHER reason for a dance party, please turn your attention to the #PBCritiqueFest!! 35 critiques are being given away! THIRTY-FIVE! By authors! Illustrators! Agents! Oh … Continue reading A reason to dance
I applied to the #PBChat Mentorship hosted by Justin Colon and my favorite question was about what kind of stories I want to write. For my first blog post, I thought I'd share my answer. I’d love to write stories that readers want to read over and over again (and that grown ups don’t want … Continue reading Why I write