These are some great ideas on how to support authors even if you can’t buy their books! Thanks Josh Funk!
By Josh Funk
My first book came out last September: Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast. I have two new books out this September: Pirasaurs! and Dear Dragon. You’re probably tired of hearing about it by now, so lucky for you, I don’t plan on talking about them in this post.
Today it’s how to support picture book authors and illustrators.
One of the best things you can do is buy their books.
But what if you’re not in the market for picture books at this time in your life, so the idea of buying one doesn’t really interest you? Maybe it doesn’t fit your budget. Or maybe you have an irrational fear of dinosaur-pirates, letter-writing-dragons, and anthropomorphic breakfast foods.
Here are ten other ways to support picture book authors and illustrators:
- Give the book as a gift. You probably know someone who might like it. Give it to her/him. Or donate it…
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Today’s guest article comes to us from the folks at Kids VS Life, a company “dedicated to introducing mature concepts, places and things to young children using interesting stories and music videos.” Their site is brimming with fun, informational eBook picture books for kids, all free! They stopped by today to tell Frog on a Blog readers about two exciting new books designed to introduce kids to different cultures.
Teach Your Children About Different Cultures Now!
by Kids VS Life
The world is a BIG place.
So many different countries, so many different cultures…
Children should be taught about the world outside of their home country, but where do you even begin?
Right here! We want to present you with 2 books to broaden their horizons:
1. Kids Meet Japan
Written from the perspective of a father who is working and living in Tokyo, Kids Meet Japan aims to introduce Japanese culture to children. This story is jam-packed with basic Japanese words and interesting facts that will give your child a newfound appreciation for this unique Asian country.
2. Kitty Catties Take France: An Illustrated Kids’ Guide
This book covers the geography, language and culture of France. It even covers some basic French vocabulary. The idea is to familiarize children with everything that makes France a great place to be a kid! As they follow the adventures of Kitty Catties, your children will definitely become interested in this mini French culture class, which is designed to offer them plenty of fun en route.
We all have a responsibility for broadening our children’s horizons, and these two free iBooks will give them a taste of the world around them!
P.S. Do you want your child to learn about another country?
Tell us which one! We’re constantly creating new children’s material, which means we’re always open to new suggestions. Find us on Facebook or Twitter.
Children’s book authors are creative in many ways, not limited just to writing. I know authors who are also visual artists, craftsmen, or performers. I was a floral designer for ten years, so I’d like to think I have a bit of artistic creativity in me too.
Today’s guest article is by Teri Roche Drobnick, creator of Teesox, adorable hand-stitched animals made from reclaimed clothing. Teri tells us how her fight with Lyme disease led her to writing children’s picture books about Tommy, one very tenacious Teesox.
Teri’s Tenacious Tommy Teesox
by Teri Roche Drobnick
I read my Tommy Teesox picture book manuscripts to a preschool class for the first time recently. What a blast! Entertaining kids and turning them onto books is an amazing gift to be able to give.
I never envisioned myself as a picture book writer, but was encouraged to do so by friends and family. I have now gained so much satisfaction and enjoyment (despite not being published yet), that I plan to do this for the rest of my working days.
It all started as a diversion when I was spending many hours on IV therapy for my Lyme disease. I needed something to pass the time and started sewing whimsical sock animals out of reclaimed clothing (teesox.com). It quickly blossomed into a business, and as my health returned, writing children’s books about my quirky characters seemed to be the next logical step. Well, many conferences, workshops, books, classes, #SCBWI meetings and critique groups later – I finally feel like I know a little something about writing children’s picture books. But it has been quite the learning curve!
I have now completed four picture book manuscripts and am actively seeking representation from an agent. The first two stories star Tommy Teesox:
Tommy Teesox Wears a Mask and Cape
When Tommy Teesox tries to make friends, he is teased for wearing a cape and mask, until astonishing things start happening…
Tommy Teesox Tackles Superhero Camp
Tommy Teesox receives an invitation to superhero camp. Does he have what it takes? Only when he learns to believe in his superpowers…
Teri’s reading Tommy Teesox to the preschool where her daughter Casey Drobnick teaches.
Teri would love to connect with other picture book writers through social media:
Teesoxbyteri.etsy.com (Check out Teri’s custom-made Teesox characters on Etsy.)
Fellow writers, what do you do while you’re waiting? Vicky Lorencen has some great ideas (as usual).
Every writer I know is a “waiter.” We wait for our muses to return from Rome. We wait for feedback from critique partners. We wait for emails from editors and agents. We wait for books to launch and reviews to post. For those of us who are pre-published, we wait (and wait and wait) for our first big break into print. Given that waiting is a given no matter where we are in the waiting room, it’s wise to find ways to use the time, well, wisely. Otherwise we’re time-twiddlers in danger of becoming solitary sadsacks. And yeesh, don’t even get me started on those pricey catered pity parties. What’s that? How do I know about pity parties? Well, uh, [insert awkward silence so long you would take a nap in it here], let’s move on.
And so, my little twice baked potatoes, to help each other whilst…
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Author: Karen Kilpatrick
Illustrator: Tara Louise Campbell and Matthew Wilson
Publisher/Year: Nina Charles Publishing/2015
Back Cover Blurb: Slide down rainbows and swing from stars! Bounce on clouds and drive fast cars! Join the Pumpkinheads as they switch the world around in a silly adventure that explores the power of imagination and the differences that make the world beautiful.
Imagine you could fly like a super hero. Imagine you’re a shark in the ocean deep. Imagine you could change the world around you with the swish of a magic wand. These are just some of the fun things the super cute children do in Karen Kilpatrick’s latest book from her Pumpkinheads series Imagine.
Karen’s books always feature a racially diverse cast of characters, and Imagine is no different. When children open up this book, they will see kids who look like them. They will see kids who look different from them. And most importantly, they will see all of the kids playing together, pretending together, and having fun together.
I like how this story of friendship and imagination, aptly illustrated in bold, bright hues, emphasizes that “colors make the world beautiful, just like me and you”! In this way, all children can see themselves as beautiful. And they can learn to appreciate the unique beauty every person possesses, inside and out.
Final thoughts: Karen Kilpatrick’s Pumpkinheads series could easily be adapted for television. Children would love to see illustrators Tara Louise Campbell and Matthew Wilson’s adorable kid characters and dazzling backdrops brought to life on the screen.