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Picture Book Contests

Posted by Jen Robinson on April 30, 2009 at 6:00 AM in Picture Books
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In light of our recent posts about favorite picture books (Pam's, Susan's, and mine), I wanted to bring to your attention a couple of picture book-related contests.

LittlePigs.jpgFirst up, at A Fuse #8 Production, Betsy Bird just announced a contest for people to name what they think will be the top 10 in the 100 Picture Books poll (currently at #14: The True Story of the Three Little Pigs, by National Ambassador for Young People's Literature Jon Scieszka). Betsy says:

"I have a whole bunch of lovely Advanced Readers Galleys just itching to make their way in the world. Send me your predictions for the Top 10 and if you're right then I'll send you one of my precious galleys. Not old ones from two or three years ago either. Awesome ones."

See the full post for submission details. Hurry, though. You must submit your guesses by Sunday night, May 3rd.

ShiningStar.jpgAnother contest that caught my eye is being organized by Paula Yoo. Paula has declared May 1st to 7th to be National Picture Book Writing week. Here's part of the announcement, taken from Anastasia Suen's Children's Book Biz News blog:

"In the spirit of National Novel Writing Month ("NaNoWriMo") where people across the country try to write a complete novel in one month, the fine folks at have decided to start the first ever National Picture Book Writing Week, affectionately nicknamed "NaPiBoWriWee."

The goal? To write 7 picture books in 7 days.

All NaPiBoWriWee participants should register on my website ( and comment on my blogs every day with your own progress. For those of you who participate in the first annual NaPiBoWriWee, I will select a winner at random on the 7th day - that winner will receive an autographed copy of my latest picture book,"SHINING STAR: THE ANNA MAY WONG STORY" (Lee & Low Books, 2009)."

You can find more details at Anastasia's, or at Three Silly Chicks.

ShareAStoryLogo2.jpgHere's another picture-book related tidbit, though it's not a contest. At the Share a Story - Shape a Future blog, Terry Doherty recently shared a tremendous list of picture books and easy readers recommended during the recent Share a Story literacy blog tour. The list includes several recommendations from Booklights' own MotherReader. Don't miss it! (Image credit Susan Stephenson, The Book Chook.)


Jules writes...

Love the idea of the top 100 picture books. It'd be great if Amazon recognized the list and gave a discount on the top 10 or something. My all-time favorite is Goodnight, Moon. My kids don't like it quite as much as I do, but they always like having me read it to them.

Jen RobinsonAuthor Profile Page writes...

I think that would be wonderful, Jules (seeing Betsy's Top 100 Picture Books on Amazon). Someone could at least set it up as a list (I think any user can set up a list), though it would be time-consuming. I'm going to pass that feedback along to Betsy, in any case.

I won't be surprised if Goodnight Moon ends up on the Top 10 list. (I don't think I've seen it show up yet)

Rita writes...

What a wonderful resource you are providing--highlighting these events from the children's book online scene in one place, for us to find!


Jen RobinsonAuthor Profile Page writes...

You are very welcome, Rita! I'm glad you found it useful. I'll be pulling lots of resources from the Kidlitosphere into Booklights, as we move forward. I hope that you'll stay tuned!

Terry Doherty writes...

First, congrats on Booklights. This is such a wonderful leap forward ... PBS struck platinum with their new team!

Thanks for the shout-out about the list at Share a Story, Jen. The PDF went up today, so it will be easy for folks to print a ready-made list. One of these days in a spare moment, I'm hoping to compare it with Betsy's Top 100!

Jen RobinsonAuthor Profile Page writes...

Thanks, Terry! And of course you're welcome for the Share a Story shout-out. I'm looking to highlight good resources to help parents to inspire readers, and the work that you've done at The Reading Tub and Share a Story both come to mind.

I'd love to see a comparison between your list and Betsy's Top 100!

Tara writes...

Author/illustrator Carin Berger ("The Little Yellow Leaf") is holding a contest for children 10 and under in celebration of her newest picture book release, "OK, Go!"

Children are encouraged to use collage, Carin's primary illustration style, to make a green-themed piece of art.

More details here:

Contest deadline 5/12.

Jen RobinsonAuthor Profile Page writes...

Thanks, Tara!

I think it's the "wee" of NaPiBoWriWee that makes me giggle. I think writing seven picture books in seven days might be a fun thing to do anyway, contest or not.

Congratulations on Booklights!

Jen RobinsonAuthor Profile Page writes...

Thanks, Farida! I think that you should definitely try it, whether during the "official" week or not. I think that the "wee" of the name was inspired, whoever came up with that.

carin writes...

great blog! so happy to have discovered you!

Jen RobinsonAuthor Profile Page writes...

Thanks for the positive feedback, Carin! I hope that you'll visit us again.

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