Do you write children’s stories?

Picture books?

It’s hard! I dare you to try it!

I took a class to get better.

Here is the challenge: be… endearing, engaging, entertaining, didactic, clear, cute, and concise in 300 words. OR LESS!

The new books out there bowled me over with their cuteness. I quit. But you might be hardier than I am.

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The Kissing Hand was the most touching of the books I found, but there were several others that I liked as well.

mommy's monster

Mommy’s Little Monster by Dawn McNiff, illustrated by Kate Willis-Crowley will capture your heart, too.  No one can hate these monsters.

Tiny Troll’s mom is going to a party without him.

If looks could kill… Tiny’s could, even with a room full of toys.

Mommy gets ready, and if you’ve ever wondered what a troll does to doll herself up, wonder no longer. She slimed her scales! (No I didn’t spell that wrong, she made her scales slimier.) Off partying, she went.

Enter Mrs. Hagi, the babysitter. Tiny Troll’s toy slug greeted her, slammed against the wall.

Mrs. Hagi was no novice babysitter. Tiny Troll smelled warm mudmilk from the swamproom. Soon he and Mrs. Hagi enjoyed more mudmilk than his mother EVER allowed him to have.

Tiny Troll fell fast asleep. When his mommy came in to kiss him good night, “her bristles smelled of mold again.” When he woke up he found the a bag of rotten worms his mom brought from the party. Life was TOO good!

Green Crayon

The Day the Crayons Quit, another favorite of mine by Drew Daywalt, illustrated by Oliver Jeffers, had me in stitches.

Duncan liked to color. The crayons had some complaints. They each wrote him a letter. Tired Red needed a rest after Valentine’s Day and Christmas. Duncan’s out of the line coloring vexed Purple. Beige clarified his identity. Gray discussed the elephant in the room.

You get the idea. The colors all had problems.

Could Duncan solve their problems in the last picture in his book?

Duncan's solution

You will just have to do what I did. Read the book.

Can’t you just picture an older woman’s shoulders shaking as she tries to laugh quietly in the children’s book section of Barnes and Noble?

Weird, you think?

Go there and read this book. But be sure to sneak into a corner.

Or better yet, buy it first, and go home and laugh in private.

No David's nose

No David! by David Shannon appealed to me but my husband thought it was too stupid for publication.

Sorry, David. He probably didn’t want to fess up to being just like David as a kid. The text is stupid, I have to admit, but the drawings, complete with David’s finger in his nose, made me laugh.

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So what books are the children’s books that you and your children have enjoyed over the years?

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