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STORYSTORM 2018 Day 27: Josh Nash is Always on the Clock

Ideas wait for no clock. It’s now or never, baby! Write down those great ideas, whenever they appear!

Thanks, Josh and Tara!

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STORYSTORM 2018 Day 26: Jeanette Bradley Invites You to Tea

I’d love to come home and find ideas on my deck, just waiting for me. But usually all I find are dead mouse parts and fluffs of bird feathers (no bird attached).

Thanks, Jeanette and Tara!

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Grandmother Thorn – Picture Book & KID KANDY

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GRANDMOTHER THORN

By Katey Howes

Art by Rebecca Hahn

(Ripple Grove Press, 2017)

 

Grandmother Thorn gives new meaning to the words OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder). She maintains her gardens with an iron will, daring anything to be out of place, grow where it’s not supposed to, or become mussed by irresponsible footprints.

Only one friend, Ojiisan, the man with a dragging foot and droopy shoulder, was allowed to make tracks in her perfectly groomed gravel paths. For they were best friends and enjoyed hot tea, conversation, and tasty sweets.

All was well until one day Ojiisan tasted gorgeous red berries and urged the salesperson to take some to Grandmother Thorn (but DO NOT walk on the path).

As you can imagine, he did not listen and disaster befell the merchant, the garden, and the welfare of Grandmother Thorn.

Or did it?

This beautiful picture book shares the story of letting go and allowing some things to be. And not all weeds are what they appear.

I love this book, both for the story and the tapestry-like illustrations.

KID KANDY:

Berry Hunt

1. Read GRANDMOTHER THORN. Memorize all the details you can of the weed and its fruit.

2. Does anyone in your family go grocery shopping or visit a farmer’s market? It’s time to go with that person. Go shopping.

3. Search the produce section. Can you find the fruit found in GRANDMOTHER THORN? Maybe your adult shopper will buy some!

4. Perhaps you live in an area where this type of fruit grows. Look around your neighborhood and see if you find the vines. If you time it right, you might even be able to pick some of those tasty fruits!


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STORYSTORM 2018 Day 25: Vivian Kirkfield Kicks Back and Kicks Butt

This post is full of wonderful tips for staying the course in writing picture books for kids. AND Vivian shares suggestions on where to collect new ideas for future projects!

Thanks, Vivian and Tara!

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STORYSTORM 2018 Day 24: Susan Tan Writes on the Go

On the GO writing is my favorite type of writing! That’s why I feel anxious when I don’t have paper and pencil with me at all times…what would happen if I had extra FREE time waiting or something and NO paper or writing utensil??? The horror!

Thanks, Susan and Tara! Great post!

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STORYSTORM 2018 Day 19: Karen Rostoker-Gruber Digs Down Deep

Dig down deep and daydream about your younger years. Recall incidents, feelings, and experiences and get ready to catch those story ideas as they spring to mind!

Thanks, Karen and Tara!

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STORYSTORM 2018 Day 18: Worlds Collide for Jarrett Lerner

When worlds collide? Check out this fun way to come up with story ideas. 🙂

Thanks, Jarrett and Tara!

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STORYSTORM 2018 Day 17: Michelle Cusolito Flies Deep

Ooh, making lists of things we are curious about and things that capture our imagination and things we love! This is the perfect way to fly deep and dig up ideas for picture books!

Thanks, Michelle! Thanks, Tara!

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STORYSTORM 2018 Day 16: Tami Charles Might Fail (and that’s OK!)

Not every day comes with a deluge of perfect picture book ideas. Some days ideas might shower down for future projects while other days are as dry as the Sahara Desert. Nada.

Thanks, Tami, for your encouraging words. Thanks, Tara, for STORYSTORM!

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STORYSTORM 2018 Day 15: Melissa Iwai Mines Her Dreams

Dreams are amazing (and weird and sometimes terrifying). But they can also be a source of ideas for stories. The important thing to do is to write down your dreams as soon as you wake up, or, POOF, the ideas will be gone. Not that my dream last night of spell-checking the name of my granddaughter’s teacher would make a good story…but still. You get the idea! Write it down.

Thanks, Melissa! Thanks, Tara!

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