Tuned to Reading All Summer Long
I've been having a blast creating a summer reading program for my public library. As I was brainstorming fun places to read, I thought I want to read a picture book while snuggled inside a blanket fort! Thus Picture Book Hot 62 was born.
Starting July 1st, join me for a laid back challenge designed to get you reading, writing and working your creative muscles. If you have five minutes you have time for this challenge!
So what’s the dealo?
You will pick 62 picture books to read during July and August (or you can follow along with my picks). Each week I will post 10 places to read along with my reading list. It is up to you to pick at least 7 places to read out of the weekly list. For example a place may be read on your bed, or read while hanging upside down from the monkey bars (okay, I probably won't ask you do that.)
If you want, you can share your place and picture book on Facebook or Twitter (I encourage you do so as this is a great way to share your love of reading!) I will be sharing mine daily using #PBHOT62.
Why can’t I just read in the same old place like I always do?
You could, or you could stretch yourself. Try these places and get in touch with your inner child (I encourage you to think like a child).
Picture this by the end of summer you will have read 62 picture books, created a reading habit, experienced new things (if you’re like me, your introverted-self could use a push), and maybe even penned a picture book or two.
*I’ll be doing mine daily and sharing on my blog, Facebook and Twitter. Feel free to friend me or follow me on Twitter. #PBHOT62
Picture books of course!
Every Saturday I will feature a picture book author (in various stages of their career) and their favorite place to read. Some of their fabulous picture books will be up for grabs at the end of the challenge for those that stay tuned to reading all summer long!
Winners will be picked at random in September. Winners will get to choose from seven fabulous picture books (see the list below).
How to sign up
All you have to do is comment below with your full name (first & last) then come back July 1st. We will be joined by the lovely Marcie Colleen.
*Sign up closes July 4th. Please share this post.
**Feel free to friend me on Facebook, follow me on Twitter. Use the hashtag #PBHOT62
Picture book authors featured in this challenge and prizes up for grabs!
Over the past few years, I've taken a handful of writing courses and workshops on writing for kids. I've learned all about creating that flawed and true character, erasing the parents and creating three obstacles followed by a kid solved resolution.
But it wasn't until my course on play that I truly understood what those courses were trying to teach me. In addition to capturing childhood moments we need to showcase the mighty child. How exactly do we do that?
Let me use an example to illustrate--The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires. In this book there are no parents or adult helpers. There is a girl and her trusty sidekick, dog. The girl tries and tries to create the most magnificent thing as she tries she grows until she succeeds. The brilliant thing about this book, as I've learned in my early learning class, kids will try, try again. Each time they fail they will build on what they have previously discovered just like this little girl in the book until they finally succeed.
What books have you read read that show a might child? Is there anything you can do in your own work to incorporate the mighty child? Please feel free to comment below.
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Hello, I'm Rena! I'm a writer, poet and librarian.