Cute, witty and … delicious! Inspired and inspiring #2

Today I want to share with you the artworks of Piper Thibodeau.
Totally cute. The style, the color, the humour – I’m loving it all! So intricate and good-natured, which is just perfect for writing children picture books.
Oh, please tell me she illustrates books! I’d so get them all! Continue reading “Cute, witty and … delicious! Inspired and inspiring #2”

2017 Picture Books

A lovely selection of fresh picture books!

Marcia Strykowski

Below are a baker’s dozen of new picture books in alphabetical order that we’ve recently added to our library collection. All were released in 2017, so brandy new. Well, except for Piggy who came in at the tail end of 2016, but really, who can resist him?

2017-pb-10ABC Pasta an Entertaining Alphabet written and illustrated by Juana Medina—Viking. Very clever! Who knew there were so many different types of pasta–enough to match every letter of the alphabet. Illustrations are light and lively, combining real pasta with digital art. Although recommended for ages 0 to 3, I think older kids will get a kick out of this circus-themed book, too.

2017-pb-11Bunny’s Book Club by Annie Silvestro, illustrated by Tatjana Mai-Wyss—Doubleday Books. I don’t think many will be able to resist this special book about Bunny and his friends and their love for books. Lots of funny lines (can bears really fit through book…

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“Buns”. Not the buns you are thinking about, probably.

Buns,  bottom, seat, tooshie, rabbit’s tail or, simply, ass. Not a common topic for works of literature, don’t you think? However, today my world got kicked on that very spot. I found a book about it.

If you have seen a children picture book about human asses, then you’ve seen it all  😄 Continue reading ““Buns”. Not the buns you are thinking about, probably.”

Great new books plus a cool promotional idea for indies!

BETH KENNEDY IS THE WINNER OF ANNIE SILVESTRO’S NEW BOOK – BUNNY’S BOOK CLUB! This wonderful illustration was created by Melissa Iwai. She received her BFA in Illustration from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA. Now she’s a Brooklynite and has illustrated many picture books. Melissa was featured on Illustrator Saturday in 2012. Click […]

via Book Winners – Kudos – Book Trailers — Writing and Illustrating

6 Steps to self-publishing a picture book

A very useful article for aspiring book writers!

Dayne Sislen Children's Book Illustration

manu-girl_finalCongratulations! You have finished your picture book manuscript and decided you want to self-publish.  What’s next?

When self-publishing a children’s book you will need to have illustrations prepared by an illustrator and the book designed and assembled by a designer. It is your choice whether you choose a professional illustrator/designer or a non-professional. A professional illustrator/designer with experience in self-publishing will able to help you step by step through the process. They make the process as smooth and painless as possible and work with your printer to give you the best-printed results. They know what kind of cover will stand out on Amazon’s pages or a shelf in the bookstore. They will carefully read your manuscript over and over until they perfectly understand your characters and can see them clearly in their mind.

Never forget, your readers (or in this case the parents of your readers) buy books because the…

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