Commitment to Literacy: Picture Book It


I’m excited to Picture Book It in 2018 as part of my Commitment to Literacy challenge.

My main goal is to share and get as many of my stories out there through various channels while still trying to get traditionally published. I want to challenge myself to create at least one original story to readily share with others on a monthly basis. It’ll be like being in a year-long picture book making workshop.

I also want to invite as many people as possible to pick up and read a picture book again. I’ve been saying it for years now but we are in a golden age of children’s literature again. I’m always sad for adults (and even teens) who dismiss kids books as below their reading level or of a lower quality than what they would normally read. Or, because they don’t have children of their own or don’t work around them, they don’t give themselves a reason to read a picture book. They are missing out!

To address this issue, I will be doing a Picture Book of the Month spotlighting one title that I’m completely in love with. I’ll have multiple posts on this blog- and on the Facebook page– to celebrate that particular picture book.

January’s posts: Love by Matt de la Peña and Loren Long
January’s Picture Book of the Month Announcement
Articles & Audio File
Matt de la Peña and Loren Long Book Reviews

February’s posts: Wolf in the Snow by Matthew Cordell
World Read Aloud Day
My Caldecott Contenders
February’s Book of the Month Announcement
Matthew Cordell Book Reviews

March’s posts: Islandborn by Junot Díaz and Leo Espinosa
March’s Book of the Month Announcement
Release Day
Junot Díaz’s American Booksellers Association Winter Institute Keynote Speech

April’s posts: They Say Blue by Jillian Tamaki
April’s Book of the Month Announcement
Jillian Tamaki’s Children’s Book Week Poster

May’s posts: Julián Is a Mermaid by Jessica Love
May’s Book of the Month Announcement
Jessica Love Podcast Interview

June’s posts: Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag by Rob Sanders and Steven Salerno
June’s Book of the Month Announcement
Rob Sanders Podcast Interview

July’s posts: Mixed: A Colorful Story by Arree Chung
July’s Book of the Month Announcement
Arree Chung Book Reviews
Spotlight: Storyteller Academy
Mixed Online Store and Resource Page

August’s posts: Mae’s First Day of School by Kate Berube
August’s Book of the Month Announcement
Kate Berube Book Reviews
Author Videos
Event Write Up

September’s posts: The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson and Rafael López
September’s Book of the Month Announcement
Rafael López Book Reviews
Jacqueline Woodson Speeches


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