Thursday, February 17, 2011

"My Favorite Picture Book" Blogfest!!





So, I'm a picture book person.  I not only love writing them, I LOVE reading them.  For many of us, picture books started our love of reading.  They ignited our imaginations, they opened up new worlds both real and not-so-realish, they encouraged, they empowered, they comforted, they became a part of us. 


In celebration of this unique art form that combines two art forms (writing and illustrating), I wanted to host a blogfest!  On Thursday, March 10th - three weeks from today - I challenge you to blog about your favorite picture book.  It can be what your favorite was as a child or what your favorite is as a parent, as a writer, as a teacher.  Tell us about it!  What made (or makes) you love it?  Tell us in two sentences or fifteen paragraphs.  Be creative or plain.  Just celebrate picture books with me!  Sign up in the widget below, grab my sad attempt at a button above, post on March 10th, and enjoy reading all the other posts as well!

31 comments:

  1. OMG. That pre-supposes I can narrow it down to one! Ha! Did I just say "pre-suppose?"

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  2. I have your blogfest on my blogfests page. Thanks for posting!

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  3. Corey - Just found your "pin" winnings on my desk! Can't believe I haven't mailed it yet! Yikes!! I'll get it out this week!

    Thanks, Summer!

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  4. What a great idea! I don't know how I could ever choose one, but count me in!

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  5. Did you guys put your name and link in the widget? For some reason I'm the only name showing up there so far...

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  6. I LOVE this idea! PB's don't get nearly enough attention. :-)

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  7. I know what I'm choosing already, great idea Megan!

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  8. What a great idea! I may have to do this but there are so many I love. I'm thinking of one, two, five... TOO MANY!

    Neat! And I love the blog! Fellow crusader! Nice to meet you!

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  9. Can you really "read" a picture book? I mean you wouldn't say you "read" a painting, right?

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  10. Glad you joined in Shannon & Catherine! Fun!

    Alison - I hope you'll join us too (I won't hold you to the rule of just one!)

    Mutt - Picture books have text in them probably 95% of the time. It is just a term for the type of book that has art on every page along with the text (i.e. "Where the Wild Things Are", "Cat in the Hat", "Skippyjon Jones"). So, yep, reading required! : )

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  11. What a cool idea for a blogfest.

    My kids are starting to outgrow picture books. The only ones my daughter and I read right now are staring the Disney Princesses. :D

    I couldn't even choose a favorite. There are sooooo many. :D

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  12. Great Idea, Megan. I'm looking forward to posting my favourite picture book. The hard part will be deciding...ummm

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  13. I don't usually blog on Thursdays, but I'm in. I may post it a day early. :)

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  14. Awesome idea. YAY for picture books. :)

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  15. Megan,

    What a great idea. I became an illustrator because of all the beautiful pics I saw as a kid. I always wanted draw and paint as well as the fantastic picture book illustrators.

    Well my dream came true when I studied art and acquired my BFA in illustration.

    My next dream was to write a book to illustrate. And I finally did two years ago. Of course, said book is still in edits. AMBER AND THE WHISPERING WILLOWS is a m/g fantasy. I want to simplify it to a picture book one of these days. I have already wrote a short story about it that can easily translate to a picture book, Now i have to do all the color illustrations. (i did sepia/b&w for chapter illustrations)

    Many of my blog friends don't know I illustrate. If you didn't, please check out "My illustrations" at the top of my blog.

    I would love to do your blogfest, but I will be out of town and with the crusaders things, I just don't have enough time.

    Have fun....

    Michael

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  16. Me again,

    I just posted it on my side bar....

    Michael

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  17. OMGosh, Megan, I just hopped over from Alison's blog. I am thrilled to do this!! Just finished my first picture book. I write YA/MG paranormal/fantasy, but I've been itching to write PBs!! I will so do this. Thanks for hosting it. I'm following you now!

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  18. Oh I'm so excited people are signing up!

    Thanks for the link Michael!

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  19. March 10th, huh... Picture Book writers and illustrators unite! Way cool.

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  20. Keep reminding me! I've a tendency to forget things lately!

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  21. Can't imagine how I'm gong to pick just one but it should be fun!

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  22. This sounds like so much fun! The only problem is narrowing it down to one! I'll be there (though I will post on Wednesday for it)!

    Carla @ carla-jansen.blogspot.com

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  23. Hi! I just saw your blogfest on Rachael's post today and it inspired me to look up a favorite picture book that I haven't looked but thought of many, many times! It will be fun to blog on!!! Thanks for the opportunity!

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  24. Wonderful, Danette! You are the 20th person signed up! Yay 20!! Rach is so wonderful to post this on her Crusade news for me. I'm so pumped for the 10th to come!!

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  25. Thanks to Katharine Owens for linking me to this blogfest... sounds like lots of fun. Can't wait to read about everyone's favorites. :)

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  26. What a great idea Megan - this looks like it will be heaps of fun! The 10th comes a bit early here in Australia, so I'll have to get a move on so I can 'illustrate' my post, too!

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  27. It'll be tough to name just one. Looking forward to everyone's posts. See you on Thursday!

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  28. Wonderful to have to all joining in!! I'm so excited!

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  29. Great idea. I'm in. I will try to find my favorite one. Now if I could just remember the name of it.

    Pamela Jo
    http://theresjustlifeyaliveit.blogspot.com

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