April is one of the busiest months in the Picture Book House. It is the month that we start our seeds, and this year, we got baby chicks! On the 21st, my daughter turned four!
Also, this year I’m participating in something called the 12×12 challenge. I have committed to writing twelve picture book manuscripts in twelve months. The challenge began in January, and I’ve written a new story (and revised an old one) every month since. I’m also excited to share that I signed a contract with Jodell Sadler, of Sadler Children’s Literary. Seeds, chicks, kids, manuscript writing…and there hasn’t been much time to blog about books…but that doesn’t mean we aren’t reading them!
If I am going to keep PBH going, though, I’m going to have to keep my stories and reviews short and sweet.
Something like this:
One of our current favorite breakfast books is Even Bunting’s Have You Seen My New Blue Socks, with illustrations by Sergio Ruzzier (Clarion Books, 2013). In this short rhyming text, an absentminded duck searches high and low for his missing socks. He looks in his box, asks his friend the fox, his friend the ox, looks down on the rocks, and finally, after talking to the peacocks, realizes what readers who have been paying close attention to duck’s shoes, which are coming slowly unlaced, already know: duck didn’t loose his socks—“he’s wearing them!” my kids now announce before I even open the cover. But even though they know the outcome, that doesn’t stop them for asking for this one again, and again, and again.