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November is Picture Book Idea Month!

Posted by Rebecca G. Aguilar, M.Ed. on October 28, 2015

Picture Book Idea Month

Very excited to be participating in #PiBoIdMo this year!

After a year of reading, attending conferences/workshops/book fairs, discovering some wonderful mentor texts and books on craft (like the indispensable Anatomy of Nonfiction: Writing True Stories for Children by Margery Facklam and Peggy Thomas)… I’m ready to jump start my creativity.

According to founder Tara Lazar, PiBoIdMo challenges participants to create 30 picture book ideas in 30 days. She writes:

“You might think of a clever title. Or a name for a character. Or just a silly thing like purple polka-dot pony. The object is to heighten your picture-book-idea-generating senses. Ideas may build upon other ideas and your list of potential stories will grow stronger as the days pass.”

Hope to persevere to the end of November with at least 30 new picture book ideas in nonfiction.

Wish me luck!

Update November 5, 2015: A great start to PiBoIdMo so far! Learning from guest bloggers offering creative pointers and challenges.

In a pre-PiBoIdMo post, Picture Book Month founder Dianne de Las Casas recommends writing jacket flap copy for each new picture book idea.

Joan Holub asks participants on PiBoIdMo Day 1 to think of an unmade movie or unwritten book and write that idea. She has authored 130+ children’s books, including the nonfiction chapter book What Was Woodstock?

Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast author Josh Funk asks participants on PiBoIdMo Day 2 to consider “a seriously flawed” idea that would NOT make a good picture book.

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon author Grace Lin suggests on PiBoIdMo Day 3 that some ideas might be perfect as early readers, novels, board books or even short stories.

Twelve new picture book ideas in nonfiction... and counting!

Update December 1, 2015:

Picture Book Idea Month Winner

“I do solemnly swear that I have faithfully executed the PiBoIdMo 30-ideas-in-30-days challenge, and will, to the best of my ability, parlay my ideas into picture book manuscripts.”

Yay! 101 new nonfiction picture book ideas! So, what do I do now?

Founder Tara Lazar says Picture Book Idea Month doesn’t end here. Through December 6, Post-PiBoIdMo will offer daily posts for organizing, prioritizing and fleshing out ideas. The lineup of guest bloggers sharing more picture book insight/advice/support will be super, no doubt!

More reading would also be in order. A good thing because reading is my all-time favorite thing to do!

Next on my list? Write my new nonfiction picture book ideas in shiny 140-character pitches, of course!

Picture Book Idea Month is hosted by Tara Lazar, author of Little Red Gliding Hood from Random House Books for Younger Readers.

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