MARCH-ing Books to Kids

You all know how passionate I am about helping children become lovers of books and reading.

As I journey along on this picture book writing path, I meet others who share the same mission.

Yesterday I visited the website of author AJ Irving and discovered a brilliant initiative to get books into the hands of kids who don’t have any. Yes, you read that right! There are plenty of kids, here in the good old USA, who grow up in homes without books. And we can help!

MARCH-ing Books to Kids.

PB 14:14 – Day 8 – Top Ten Elements in Picture Books – Theme

This is the last day of the PB 14:14 Challenge…and although I already posted today, I’m going to add an additional post because I missed one day last week.

This is one of my all-time favorite books…before it was published, the author read it to kids in schools, libraries and children’s hospitals.

cover of the kissing hand 

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PB 14:14 – Day 14 – Rhyme – PLUS…PPBF – Cowpoke

Woot! Woot!

And how about a Hip Hip Hooray!

It’s Day 14 of Christie Wild’s PB 14:14 Challenge. http://christiewrightwild.blogspot.com/2015/02/day-14-how-big-is-million-patterns.html

 And, it’s also Perfect Picture Book Friday. http://susannahill.blogspot.com/2015/02/perfect-picture-book-friday-finding.html

Life can’t get much better!

I’ve been trying to polish a particular picture book manuscript…it’s about a boy who wants to be a cowboy…and it’s in rhyme. Complicated rhyme. Which is hard to do. I’m so reluctant to change it up – into prose or free verse – because, as you know if you are a writer, it’s difficult to ‘kill our darlings’… that is, get rid of something we love or have gotten attached to.

And then I found this book in a library discard pile – a totally fun romp of simple rhyme and active verbs and awesome illustrations – all about a little cowpoke who joins a cattle drive.

So I will be rethinking my own manuscript – and offering this charming picture book as an example of the top ten element of rhyme.

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