Keep a notebook. Travel with it, eat with it, sleep with it. Slap into it every stray thought that flutters up in your brain. Cheap paper is less perishable than gray matter, and lead pencil markings endure longer than memory.
Jack London

Keep a notebook

Posted in MG Novels, So Many Good Books

Coyote Lost and Found

Marvelous Middle Grade Monday

Coyote Lost and Found (Henry Holt and Company, 2024) by Dan Gemeinhart is the sequel to The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise. It was so lovely to be with many of the characters from the first book, and fun meeting new ones. My only disappointment was we didn’t see Coyote’s grandmother again.

Coyote and her father, Rodeo, are actually living in a house, but Coyote still hangs out in the bus. And life changes yet again when she finds a hidden box…that contains her mother’s ashes. When she confronts Rodeo, the two decide to spread the ashes. There’s one problem. The location to spread them is written down in a book. And Coyote is pretty sure she got rid of the book last year. She can’t tell Rodeo that, so Coyote devises a journey to rediscover the poetry book. Of course, complications ensue.

The book came out in March.

Dan’s newest book is coming out this month. Aimed at readers ages 3-6, his first picture book is called Once Upon a Friend. Read about it on Dan’s book page.

It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all, in which case you have failed by default.
J.K. Rowling

It is impossible

Posted in Craft, PB, The Nitty Gritty of Children's Writing

Posts about Writing Picture Books

Here’s a flashback to the archives—a collection of posts especially of interest to picture book writers:

Creative Picture Book Formats

Fractured Fairy Tale Picture Books

How to Submit a Picture Book

Keeping Up with Picture Books – new ones come out all the time

Magazine Story or Picture Book?

Picture Book Fails

Picture Perfect Picture Books

Picture Book Problems

Rhyming Picture Books

To Rhyme or Not to Rhyme

If there’s a picture book topic you’d like covered, please let me know.