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Contests and Challenges / Re: StoryStorm 2023
« Last post by Trine on January 04, 2023, 05:15 PM »
I'm in!  :stars3
Picture Books (PB) / Category-defying books
« Last post by meena-bhasindalby on January 04, 2023, 12:43 PM »
Hi Community,

I'm new and have really appreciated reading other threads here so thanks for all you have contributed!

I'm writing to ask about longer form picture books that are both beautiful in imagery and rich in language. Books that are equally for the parent and child. I have a manuscript of such a book (currently 4,000 words) and I haven't been sure what to do with it because I birthed it directly from my soul before knowing how the current categories for books exist, but I am reluctant to take it all apart before seeing if there is a place for it. At the same time, I'm not a published author yet and I really want to start getting my work into the world. Here's a little more about my mission since I anticipate I might bump up against this in other books I write.

 I want to create content for young girls that allows them to create their own realities and not just those of the systems they are inheriting through white patriarchal capitalism. That means more connection to nature, more magical and mystical characters that embody a range of feminine archetypes, not just the princess and maiden. That means more books that talk about pleasure and the magic of a female body at a young age, more books that talk about the energy that lives inside and around us. I want to create more books about the women, traditions, and rituals  that existed before the patriarchy took hold and not just the ways in which girls / women can be equal to men, but the ways in which feminine energy brings distinct  and necessary values and balance to the world. The time in now. This burning earth needs us in our fullness.

Thanks so much for your advice, Meena
Contests and Challenges / FirstDraftFriday begins today
« Last post by ckdarfler on January 01, 2023, 08:50 AM »
Another challenge for writers!

Join FirstDraftFriday (Sunday Edition) today.

Mark your calendar to check out Hollie's blog the first Friday of each month for that day's guest author interview! Get inspired and then get drafting a new picture book manuscript. Things "officially" start at 8 am ET with the blog post. Join us on the Twitter hashtag for encouragement and accountability!  All the details are here:
IMPORTANT BOARD ANNOUNCEMENTS / Re: Continuing the Blue Boards!
« Last post by AnnH on December 31, 2022, 08:09 AM »
I'm glad to see the Blueboards will continue, but I have to say my trust in SCBWI is badly shaken. Verla gave this over in good faith in order to ensure it would keep going. I truly hope it does.


Picture Books (PB) / Re: Main Characters
« Last post by Debbie Vilardi on December 30, 2022, 06:17 PM »
The key isto have a kid voice so the main character is like a stand in fo the kid reader, but that can come in many many forms.
IMPORTANT BOARD ANNOUNCEMENTS / Re: Continuing the Blue Boards!
« Last post by cinda-chima on December 30, 2022, 02:41 PM »
I'm glad to hear this! So many people seem to find this to be a useful information exchange and sounding board that exists nowhere else, especially with in-person events disrupted by the pandemic. With regional conferences in abeyance as well, the value of membership has declined.
Thank you for listening and responding.
Picture Books (PB) / Re: Main Characters
« Last post by Vijaya on December 30, 2022, 09:22 AM »
Wherever the imagination takes you. Crayons, pencils, spoons, forks, potatoes, eggs, old men, grandmothers, and even a few children!
Picture Books (PB) / Main Characters
« Last post by alan-elliott on December 30, 2022, 06:32 AM »
Besides the obvious kid as the main character of picture books, a quick perusal of my bookshelf this morning yielded a great array of other characters -- I'm sure you add to this list. Bee, llama, giraffe, hippo, unicorn, panda, cabbage, bundle, cowpoke, gorilla, bunny, dragon, serpent, pig, piggie, tater-tot, whale, fish, worm, puppet, dog, kitten, shark, starfish, chicken, cow, horse, lamb, alien, gator, cowboy, duck, troll, leprechaun, brother, sister, cousin, train, car, wagon, goose, cheetah, bean, egg, pea, sweet pea, otter, dinosaur, t-rex, lion, owl, goose, pumpkin, witch, ghost, pearl, clam, spider, banana, goblin, skeleton, longhorn, magician, sorcerer, wizard, hat, donkey, tree, dandelion, farm. What else?    :shark  :bunny2
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