I’ve Done it Again

Happy March, Everyone! Another month, another contest. This time it's author Vivian Kirkfield's #50 Precious Words contest. Inspired by the fact that Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss has only 50 unique words (the word count totals 700), our aim is to write a children's story in 50 words or less. My story, Clarella,… Continue reading I’ve Done it Again

2019 Valentiny Contest WINNERS!

I’m a winner! Check out all the great stories on Susannah Leonard Hill’s website. Thank you to all of the judges and contributors!

Susanna Leonard Hill

Do you know what Thursday is perfect for?

Barely squeaking under the wire of Last Day of February to announce the winners of the 4th Annual Pretty Much World Famous Valentiny Writing Contest for Children’s Writers!!!

valentiny writing contest 2019!

. . .but first a few words from our sponsor (me) which I know shocks you (not!) 🙂

As always, I was thrilled to see so many wonderful stories!  (Did I mention there were nearly 170?!)  Really!  It is amazing and inspiring, not to mention VERY entertaining!  There is just so much talent out there amongst you all!  The other judges and I are blown away anew each time!

But with large entry numbers, all of high quality, come hard choices.  My assistant judges and I worked hard to winnow the total down to a manageable number of finalists that we felt were truly all-around deserving of that distinction, and those were the ones…

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Valentiny Contest Entry

Happy Valentine's Day, Readers! I am participating in Susannah Leonard Hill's 4th Annual Valentiny Contest. https://susannahill.com/2019/02/13/oh-guilty-heart-the-4th-annual-valentiny-writing-contest/ The rules for the contest are that it must be 214 words or fewer (not including title), be written for children, and someone in the story must feel guilty (each year Hill chooses a different emotion for us to… Continue reading Valentiny Contest Entry

The Collaborative work of E. H. Shepard and A. A. Milne

Fascinating insights on the history and relationship between A.A. Milne and E.H. Shepard.

Patsy's Creative Corner

Hello Friends,

Today I want to share with you a snapshot into the lives of children’s book illustrator, E. H. Shepard, and writer, A. A. Milne, from the fascinating book I’ve been reading called, “The Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh, A Walk Through the Forest that Inspired the Hundred Acre Wood,” by Kathryn Aalto.

E. H. Shepard’s mother was Harriet Jessie Lee. She had grown up with an artist father. Therefore, she encouraged her son’s interest in drawing by providing notebooks and pencils for him to carry with him wherever he went. Kathryn Aalto says on page 57, “Through time, he developed a photographic memory for drawing scenes, events, and gestures.”

Shepard experienced a happy childhood with his parents and two older siblings until he was eleven. But Aalto says on page 58, “One day his mother, bedridden for months, bid the children a cheery goodbye for what they perhaps thought…

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Holiday Gifts for Writers 2018 Edition

I know it’s been a REALLY long time since you’ve heard from me. I am working on a fantastic blog post at the moment… But, in the meantime here are some great Christmas gift ideas for the writer (no, I’m not sending hints), or almost anyone, on your gift list. Cheers!

Writing for Kids (While Raising Them)

Yeah, I may receive a “cease and desist” letter from the Peanuts people any minute for using that image as my header, so let me get right to my first “write” gift…the Charlie Brown Christmas Tree.

What kidlit writer doesn’t love Schultz’s merry misfit, his pilot puppy, and a girl named after candy?

You get the sensation, right?

Oh geez, those York folks may be after me now, too.

Charlie Brown Christmas Tree With Blanket Tree Skirt

Available from Vermont Country Store. (And you may be reminded of Christmases past when I say “some items sold separately” and “some assembly required”.)

Now, time for booties.

No, not baby booties. Book booties…

bookbootiesAvailable from Groove Bags.

I’m not the most organized writer, but this looks like it can help. It features an area for notes plus numbered pockets for keeping mind memos and snippets—maybe to represent each chapter?

Industrial-Inspired…

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Picture Books are for All Ages, say Carle Honor Award Recipients

I haven’t blogged in a while. It’s been a little busy around here… But this short article resonates with me, and I thought you would enjoy it.

Writing for Kids (While Raising Them)

In one month, The Carle Museum of Picture Book art will hold its annual Carle Honors, awarding four people/entities who have made significant contributions to the art form.

Also that evening, September 27th, final bids are accepted on original artwork by picture book masters. The auction goes live on August 31, and you can browse and bid here: https://501auctions.com/carlehonors2018.

If you could ask the Carle Honorees one question, what might it be? My question is here—

“Why are picture books an art form to enjoy not only in childhood, but through every age, every stage of life?”

—and the answers are diverse and delightful, just like picture books themselves.

Paul O. Zelinsky
2018 Carle Honors Artist

“Why are pictures an art form to be enjoyed by people of all ages?  Well, that has to be a function of what picture books exist in the world to be enjoyed. Some, aimed…

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