February 20, 2024
Make-believe and Melodrama Create Comedy in the New Picture Book, The Only Lonely Fairy
Make-believe and melodrama collide to create a heartfelt comedy in The Only Lonely Fairy (Pajama Press), the new picture book by Lana Button, illustrated by Peggy Collins. A story about emotional ...
November 20, 2023
Things I Learned from Working in Publishing (That I Wish I Knew Earlier)
I spent 12 years in children’s publishing and here is a selection of things I learned on the job that I wish I had known beforehand. You don’t need an illustrator to submit your picture book manuscriptIn ...
October 16, 2023
Contest: Enter to Win Hopeful Books Tackling Tough Subjects from Groundwood
Groundwood Books, the Toronto children's publisher responsible for some of the most beautiful and acclaimed titles for kids in Canada, is giving away three books that represent the press's unique ability ...
September 21, 2023
I’ve been invited to present at a literary festival, now what?
From the Brigadoon-esque setting of The Eden Mills Writer Festival to the hustle and bustle of TIFA Kids, it’s literary festival season. Everyone loves an invite to a party, but make sure you have all ...
September 13, 2023
Susan Vande Griek on How the Reemergence of Urban Animals Around the World Inspired Her New Picture Book
Anyone who has ever seen a deer, fox, or other skittish wildlife knows that your best bet to catch a glimpse is to stay still and quiet – to pretend, in essence, that you're not there. In The Animals ...
August 18, 2023
Picture Book Trends
Picture books, like all art forms, are subject to trends and shifts in theme, style and format. I don’t necessarily recommend writing to trend, but it’s always good to be familiar with what’s working ...
June 01, 2023
Happy 45th Birthday to Groundwood Books! Enter to Win Classic Books & Iconic Swag
Groundwood Books is one of Canada's most iconic kids' books publishers and they're celebrating an incredible 45 years of bringing us books that are both highly decorated and loved by kids and caregivers ...
May 24, 2023
SJ Okemow on Her Heartwarming Debut Picture Book's Unconventional Path to Publication
The humble dandelion rarely gets much love, often cited as a nuisance weed that spreads easily and takes over. But the hardy little plant has many lessons to teach us, and in SJ Okemow's Âmî Osâwâpikones (Annick ...
May 20, 2023
The Joys and Challenges of Writing for Adults AND for Kids
I’ve had May 2 circled on my calendar for months and months—it marks the pub date of my debut picture book, Dear Street. As the launch approaches, I’ve been thinking about how different the processes ...
May 19, 2023
Sandra V. Feder & Rahele Jomepour Bell on Creating a Picture Book that Celebrates Finding Peace Within
Anyone who spends time with children knows that when it comes to kids, the feelings are big. Happiness, sadness, anger – it's all magnified, and it's not always easy to navigate. Writer Sandra V. ...