One Writer’s Journey

April 27, 2009

Read 50 Picture books

Filed under: Uncategorized — suebe @ 4:48 pm

booksAs one of a group of writers who gets together and brainstorms picture book ideas, I’ve noticed lately that more and more of my ideas are suitable for chapter books and magazines.  Fewer and fewer for picture books.  

When I’m brainstorming, I don’t evaluate the ideas.  I just write them down.   But to write salable picture books, you need to come up with picture book ideas.   Maybe reading a few would help.

So I decided to follow the advice I gave all of your and read 50 picture books.  New picture books.   Here is my list so far . . .

  1. Ten in the Meadow by John Butler (Peachtree)
  2. This is the Day!  by Nancy White Carlstrom (ZonderKidz)
  3. Ivan the Terrier  by Peter Catalanotto (Richard Jackson/Atheneum)
  4. Ping Pong Pig by Caroline Jayne Church (Holiday House)
  5. The Uglified Duck by Willy Claflin (August House/Little Folk)
  6. Texas Zeke and the Longhorn by David Davis (Pelican)
  7. While You are Sleeping by Alexis Deacon (Farrar, Straus, Giroux)
  8. One Potato, Two Potato by Cynthia DeFelice (Farrar, Straus, Giroux)
  9. The Cajun Cornbread Boy by Dianne de las Casas (Pelican)
  10. Mabel O’Leary Put Peas in her Ear-y by Mary Delaney (Little Brown)
  11. Badger’s Fancy Meal by Keiko Kasza (G. P. Putnam’s Sons)
  12. The Scrambled States of America by Laurie Keller (Henry Holt)
  13. One More Sheep by Mij Kelly and Russell Ayto (Peachtree)
  14. Library Mouse: A Friend’s Tale by Daniel Kirk (Abrams Books for Young Readers)
  15. Big Kicks by Bob Kolar (Candlewick)
  16. Wolf’s Coming by Joe Kulka (Carolrhoda)
  17. Oh No, Not Ghosts! by Richard Michelson, illustrated by Adam McCauley (Harcourt)
  18. Amelia Makes a Movie by David Milgrim (G. P. Putnam’s Sons)
  19. Dragon Pizzeria by Mary Morgan (Alfred A. Knopf)
  20. Ducks Don’t Wear Socks by John Nedwidek, illustrated by Lee White (Viking)
  21. Melvin Might? by Jon Scieszka (Simon and Schuster)
  22. Brewster the Rooster by Devin Scillian (Sleeping Bear Press)
  23. I’m the Biggest Thing in the Ocean by Kevin Sherry (Dial)
  24. Dogfish by Gillian Shields (Atheneum)
  25. Mom and Dad Are Palindromes by Mark Shulman (Chronicle Books)
  26. Shoe Bop! by Marilyn Singer (Dutton)
  27. The Duck Who Played the Kazoo by Amy E. Sklansky (Clarion Books)
  28. Blue Goose by Nancy Tafuri (Simon and Schuster)
  29. Me Hungry by Jeremy Tankard (Candlewick)
  30. Gorilla!  Gorilla!   by Jeanne Willis (Atheneum)

Thirty down.  Twenty more to go.   How is your own reading going?



  1. Thank you so much for reading my book! Hope your reading will inspire you to cook up more tasty tales!

    With Cayenne,
    Dianne de Las Casas
    Author of The Cajun Cornbread Boy

    Comment by Dianne de Las Casas — April 28, 2009 @ 3:44 am | Reply

  2. Diane–
    Thank you! I love different takes on my favorite tales and was excited to find this one on my library’s shelves. Do you have any new projects in the works?

    Comment by suebe — April 30, 2009 @ 2:39 am | Reply

  3. I do! My next book comes out in Fall 2009. It’s called Madame Poulet & Monsieur Roach (Mrs. Chicken & Mr. Roach). It’s a hilarious pour quoi tale from New Orleans about why chickens and roaches are no longer friends. The illustrations are phenomenal (Marita Gentry is the artist, illustrator of The Cajun Cornbread Boy). I can’t wait!

    I have two other picture books forthcoming as well. The Gigantic Sweet Potato, a Russian tale retold with Southern flavor about how teamwork and a little effort work to accomplish a gigantic feat. Marita Gentry is also illustrating The Gigantic Sweet Potato. Mama’s Bayou (Spring 2010) is the story of a Mama rocking her child to sounds of the bayou (crickets, frogs, snakes, etc.). It is being illustrated by Holly Stone-Barker with cut paper. Just gorgeous.

    Thank you so much for your interest in my books! Keep reading and writing!

    Dianne de Las Casas

    Comment by Dianne de Las Casas — May 5, 2009 @ 5:17 pm | Reply

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