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As always, you can stop by KidLitArt or Dog-eared Sketchbook for ideas on how to get started. If you're in need of a bit more tinder, maybe these thoughts from Pat Mora will spark something.
- Remember your child-self, your feelings, childhood memories, worries and pleasures. (Most picture books are for 3-10 year olds.)
- Create your writing time and mull--about what to write, about how to write it, about how to be daring. Among your key resources are your love of stories and language, your spirit, imagination and persistence.
- Be welcoming of your writing. Welcome your ideas as you would welcome a guest. Resist thinking negatively about
- Read picture books both old and new.
I won't be posting my work online, as I'm hoping to see it published, but I will say I'm tackling a rhyming text. WHAT AM I THINKING?!? I do not recommend poetic text unless you're really good at it. I am not, but no matter how many times I write this story, it inevitably comes out in rhyme. Who am I to argue with my muse?
|Piping Down the Valleys Wild|
Ed. Nancy Lamb
|Side By Side|
Poems to Read Together
Lee Bennett Hopkins
|Sheep In A Jeep|
Written by Nancy Shaw
|Bear Snores On|
Written by Karma Wilson