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?


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