Thursday, December 5, 2013

PiP, PiP, hooray!

Three cheers for all who finished PiBoIdMo this year!

For picture book writers, the end of November isn’t just about filling up on turkey. It’s also about filling up on ideas. Picture Book Idea Month (PiBoIdMo) has become an annual favorite for many children’s book writers. And for good reason.

Not only do we finish the month off with a big stack of ideas to play around with, we also finish the month with a big stack of fabulous prompts and inspirational blog posts dancing around in our heads like visions of sugarplums. It's all due to PiBoIdMo super-guru Tara Lazar, who once again gathered a smashing collection of industry-pro blog contributors for this year’s challenge.

In addition to great posts by locals Paul Schmid and Elizabeth Rose Stanton, highlights this year included Tammi Sauer’s fantastic kick-off post about titles, Zachariah OHora’s illustrator-friendly post on pimping characters and Annette Simon’s spine-tingling post featuring sentences she put together using the spines of books stacked on top of one another (it’s really cool, you have to see it to believe it).

If you haven’t already browsed through the posts, do head over to Tara’s blog and look around a bit. And for everyone who completed the challenge: Three cheers to you! Give yourself a well-deserved pat on the back.

—Contributed by Street Team Member Kjersten Anna Hayes

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