Archive for the ‘Tools for the Taking’ Category

Picture Book Month: “Ask the Education Consultant” Blog Hop!

I’m thrilled, as part of Picture Book Month, to host Educational Consultant, Marcie Colleen. Marcie is not only a teacher but also a picture book writer who so understands the importance of picture books in the education and lives of … Continue reading

 

DOES YOUR PICTURE BOOK PREMISE HAVE POWER?

Every once in a while, one of my editors throws me a bone. Not just any old bone, but a big beautiful “our kids’ list needs a book about ‘community’” hambone. When that happens, all other Milk-Bones – I mean, … Continue reading

 

How to Love a Squash: Pat Zietlow Miller on Finding the Universal Truth in a Picture Book

Think about your favorite picture books. Lyrical text. Gorgeous or whimsical art. Endings that make you smile, sigh or shriek with delight. And something else – satisfaction. A satisfaction that makes you want to read them again and again and … Continue reading

 

Ah, Those Secondary Characters

Your story sings when your secondary character (SC) is on the scene. Your plot comes alive when your SC is around.Your readers beg to see more of your SC. Uh oh! SCs create conflict, throw out obstacles and cause trouble. … Continue reading

 

Sweet Little Book Cover Video Created in 15-Minutes for FREE!

I’m enrolled in Katie Davis’s Video Idiot Boot Camp. And while I haven’t had time to dive into a larger project, I’ve had a little fun with some quick and easy tools introduced in her class. Here’s a little Animoto … Continue reading

 
 
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