I love the Children’s Book Academy. I just finished a month-long workshop on writing picture books and learned so much. Some manuscripts I need to revise one more time are humorous and that is important, because everyone loves funny stories (especially me,) but the best humorous tales offer a deeper layer, like the finish on a fine wine.
Click on this link to read what it means to create a picture book with both humor and heart.
I just found this beautiful blog by author/illustrator Kelsey Lecky. She gave a wonderful presentation for SCBWI Carolinas in January. Watch for her wonderful books and if you see her featured at a conference, especially online, attend if you can.
When we write, we influence people, especially when the writing is fiction and readers are looking for entertainment, not attitudes or other subjective content. This is especially true with children. As writers, we have to consider the subtle cultural messages we are reinforcing with our tales. We have unusual opportunities and it is our responsibility to at least think about what we are saying. Sometimes when we do, we don’t even agree with ourselves!
Even if you have not signed up for Julie Hedlund’s fantastic 12 x 12 (Twelve picture book manuscripts in twelve months) program, you can benefit from her line-up of featured authors, editors, and agents. First up this year, author and consultant Emma Walton Hamilton offers a super mini-course in picture book construction. If you have a manuscript, or just an idea, take a few minutes to read it. You won’t be sorry.