Hello dear friends! I hope you haven’t given up on me. With a March 1st deadline, I’ve been writing and revising for the past three weeks. I’m happy to say that four of the manuscripts for the compilation book are already on the editor’s desk. I have one more ready to go, another almost there, a third that needs a bit more research, and a fourth…well…let’s just say that one is still a rough draft.
January was also Tara Lazar’s STORYSTORM challenge and I now have a notebook with 30+ new story ideas. If you didn’t get a chance to hop over to read my post, you can click here. I shared how I got ideas for all of the books that are now under contract – and a few that are out on submission. If you are writing with the view to getting traditionally published, I urge you to read Jane Yolen’s post – I am always inspired by her words.
Speaking of being inspired…our Perfect Picture Book Friday selection does exactly that! The text by award-winning author Sigrid Schmalzer is glorious and the illustrations by debut picture book illustrator Melanie Linden Chan are incredible!
MOTH AND WASP, SOIL AND OCEAN: Remembering Chinese Scientist Pu Zhelong’s Work for Sustainable Farming
Written by Sigrid Schmalzer
Illustrated by Melanie Linden Chan
Published by Tilbury House Publishers (2018)
Themes: Sustainable farming, Chinese culture, conservation
Why I like this book:
- A true gem of history that will inspire adults and kids
- A beautiful diverse story that will help children get a better picture of life in other places and times
- Incredible illustrations from debut picture book illustrator Melanie Linden Chan…just incredible!
- I love the message of sustainable farming!
Photo courtesy: https://www.prekinders.com/category/themes/plants-seeds/
One of the favorite activities of my kinders was planting seeds. They loved getting their hands in the soil, pressing the small beans, peas, or other seeds with their fingers. Best of all, the loved watching the little green sprouts push up and flourish. For detailed instructions, go here: https://www.prekinders.com/category/themes/plants-seeds/
And while you are there, why not check out her Valentiny Contest that starts soon!
And last, but definitely not least, if you’d like to get a peek at the 2018 Debut Picture Books, please visit the Epic Eighteens website.
I hope you all have a wonderful and safe weekend. Stay warm or stay cool, whichever you prefer.