What are your interests? Mine your hobbies, passions, and experiences for picture book ideas – fiction and nonfiction!
A tale of a tale which inspired a tale – and many years of revising and/or simmering in the file cabinet. Some stories take a long time to perc. There is hope!
Simmer those ideas on the back burner or place them in the oven to let them bake a bit. Don’t peek too early – they might just flop!
This is much more sophisticated than the pop-up books I used to make for my son out of lawn mower catalogs and construction paper. Way to go!
Today my husband had to fire up the Honda Shadow. It was too cold, icy, and snowy to go for a ride, but he got to dream about future trips this spring when the weather is nice. Nothing like blowing out the cobwebs to allow great ideas to pop up!
I just had to share this post about author visits. If you are planning one soon, read what Pat Zietlow learned during her recent whirlwind book tour! Thank you, Pat!
Great post! Finally, I see what type of writer I am!
Mentor texts? Fractured fairy tales? I want to do one of these! Love it!
Great ideas are like gold! Keep them safe!
by Angie Quantrell @AngieQuantrell
It Came in the Mail
By Ben Clanton
(Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2016)
Who doesn’t love mail and wish for something exciting to show up in the mail box?
Liam does, that’s for sure. But, as he put it, after checking daily (and more), he got diddly-squat.
After an idea brainstorm, Liam decided he needed to write some mail in order to get some. So Liam wrote a letter to his mailbox and asked for something BIG.
The mailbox delivered.
And delivered. And delivered. Until finally, Liam had so much mail, he had a different problem to solve.
I love It Came in the Mail. Lots of wonderful illustrations filled in the blanks and added details for readers to enjoy. Liam and his buddy, Jamel, were fun characters. The common thread of a childhood wish (to get mail, just like a grown-up) was solved in a very inventive way!
Readers will love It Came in the Mail. Who knows? Maybe your child will even want to write a letter to the mailbox. Just be prepared for an answer.
Write a Letter
Materials: writing paper, pencil, crayons, envelope, stamp
1. Choose the person (friend, aunt, uncle, grandma, grandpa, dad, mom, or the mailbox) for whom you want to write a letter.
2. Write a letter to that person.
3. Decorate the letter.
4. Fold the letter and place it in the envelope. Ask an adult to help you address the envelope and place the stamp in the correct place.
5. Mail the letter.
7. Check the mailbox for an answer. Every day.
P.S. You can write more letters while you are waiting. Or draw pictures of what you think you will get in the mail. Or use your imagination to think of things you’d like to see come out of the mailbox.
Getting mail is so much fun! I’d love to hear what showed up in your mailbox!