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November is full of writing incentives like NaNoWriMo and PiBoIdMo, but it's also Picture Book Month, now in its fifth year.  Here's the news release.  I hope you all will check out the website, picturebookmonth.com, and see essays by Mo Willems, LeUyen Pham, Mike Curato, Rukshana Khan, and (gulp) me (mine will be published November 9), among many others. 

 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

“The picture book experience is a safe harbor for children. There is no other shared experience between two human beings quite like it.” – Loren Long, from his Picture Book Month essay
 
“Simply put, picture books are hugs. They are the most wonderful kind of story-filled, emotion-driven, mushy-loving, crazy-laughing, best-sort-of hug.” – Anne Marie Pace, from her Picture Book Month essay
 
It’s here! Around the world, schools, libraries, booksellers, and book lovers are coming together to celebrate the print picture book during the month of November. Now in its fifth year, the initiative is a viral phenomenon and was even featured on Oprah.com. Thousands joined the celebration creating Picture Book Month events across the United States as well as in Australia, Canada, Hungary, India, Jamaica, the Philippines, Singapore, South Africa, and the United Kingdom. Bloggers come together and write about their favorite picture books using the daily themes on the Picture Book Month Calendar created by Elizabeth O. Dulemba. A school in Budapest, Hungary read nearly 7,000 picture books during Picture Book Month!
 
The website, PictureBookMonth.com, features essays from thought leaders in the children’s literature community. Each day in November, a new essay is posted. This year’s Picture Book Month Champions are: Sudipta Bardan-Quallen, David Biedrzycki, Paulette Bogan, Mike Curato, Matthew Gollub, Julie Gribble, Julie Hedlund, Carter Highins, Molly Idle, Joe Kulka, Jennifer Gray Olson, Kathryn Otoshi, Anne Marie Pace, Rukhsana Khan, Robin Newman, Penny Parker Klostermann, Eric Litwin, Loren Long, Deb Lund, LeUyen Pham, Matt Phelan, Stephen Shaskan, Trisha Speed Shaskan, TJ Shay, Whitney Stewart, Holly Stone-Barker, Mo Willems, Natasha Wing, Matthew Winner, and Paula Yoo.
 
Support for the initiative continues with partners such as the American Booksellers Association, the American Association of School, the Children’s Book Council, Reading is Fundamental, and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Friends of Tennessee Libraries as well as industry trade journals such as Hornbook and School Library Journal. A downloadable promotional kit is available as well as certificates, posters, and bookmarks created by Joyce Wan. This year, Picture Book Month’s Education Consultant, Marcie Colleen, will be adding a “Literacy Activity” to each day’s post, based on the daily theme.
 
Founder Dianne de Las Casas says, “Every year, the Picture Book Month celebration gets bigger. It’s amazing to see the love of literacy spread through the joy of picture books.”
 
Join the celebration! Visit www.picturebookmonth.com.
 
“Literacy begins with picture books. They are the first step on the path to reading and learning.” – Eric Litwin, from his Picture Book Month Essay
#1 - November 05, 2015, 07:19 AM
VAMPIRINA BALLERINA series (Disney-Hyperion)
SUNNY'S TOW TRUCK SAVES THE DAY (Abrams)
GROUNDHUG DAY (Disney-Hyperion, 2017)
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These essays are great and I love your quote, looking forward to seeing the full post tomorrow. Wonderful to celebrate picture books each November!
#2 - November 08, 2015, 05:18 AM
ROLLER BOY (Fitzroy Books, 2018)
AMY'S CHOICE (Luminis Books, 2014)
CALL ME AMY (Luminis Books, 2013)
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VAMPIRINA BALLERINA series (Disney-Hyperion)
SUNNY'S TOW TRUCK SAVES THE DAY (Abrams)
GROUNDHUG DAY (Disney-Hyperion, 2017)
among others

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#4 - November 09, 2015, 08:20 AM
VAMPIRINA BALLERINA series (Disney-Hyperion)
SUNNY'S TOW TRUCK SAVES THE DAY (Abrams)
GROUNDHUG DAY (Disney-Hyperion, 2017)
among others

Enjoyed reading other people's ideas and whatnots about picture books!
#5 - November 15, 2015, 05:26 PM

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Love what you said Anne Marie! You have four lucky kids!!
#6 - November 16, 2015, 04:49 AM

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THanks!
#7 - November 16, 2015, 05:18 AM
VAMPIRINA BALLERINA series (Disney-Hyperion)
SUNNY'S TOW TRUCK SAVES THE DAY (Abrams)
GROUNDHUG DAY (Disney-Hyperion, 2017)
among others

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Beautiful essay, Anne Marie! We never waited until bedtime for picture books, either, and I continued to share them long after my kids could read on their own.
#8 - November 18, 2015, 04:01 PM
ROLLER BOY (Fitzroy Books, 2018)
AMY'S CHOICE (Luminis Books, 2014)
CALL ME AMY (Luminis Books, 2013)
www.marciastrykowski.com
Twitter: @MarciaStry

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