Is it the fact that National Novel Writing Month is has a nickname - NaNoWriMo - that belongs in a picture book that inspired National Picture Book Writing Week and Picture Book Idea Month? Probably.
National Novel Writing Month is exactly what it sounds like - write a novel (50,000 words or more) in the month of November.
Simple enough, but a whole slew of resources have grown up around it. The official website of NaNoWriMo includes tools to find participants in your area, connect online, chart progress, get tips and visit virtual pep talks. Plus, many authors go from that first manuscript to a book for publication. Click here for some YA and children's book examples from that list.
There's also a young writer's program for National Novel Writing Month - click here for that website. It includes an educators section.
National Picture Book Writing Week happens in the first week of May, the goal is 7 picture book manuscripts in 7 days. Click here for a blog post from the kick off of last year's event by organizer Paula Yoo.
In preparation for May, why not participate in November's Picture Book Idea Month? That's an idea a day during the month of November, and it's run by National Picture Book Month co-founder Tara Lazar. Read more here. Just like National Picture Book Month it features a line up of a different blogger for each day to share their thoughts.
Need some inspiration to get started on these projects? Come by Bear Pond Books on November 3rd at 11:00 am for a morning of picture books and early literacy, more details here.
Then check the Bear Pond Facebook page daily in November as we take the Picture Book Idea Month challenge! We can't guarantee good ideas, but we can guarantee 30 of them - and even more if you add your own in the comments.