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Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Special Guest Tara Lazar
We're rolling into week three of the #PBdummy challenge with a special guest: children's author Tara Lazar.
Tara's first book is THE MONSTORE, to be released by Aladdin/Simon & Schuster in 2013with illustrations by James Burks (@JamesBurksArt).
Many of you know Tara, a mom to two young girls, from her blog, "Writing for Kids (While Raising Them)", which regularly posts amazing resources for writers: 400+ Things That Kids Like; 79 Things Kids Don't Like; Picture Book Construction: Know Your Layout (definitely one to bookmark for this challenge!)--just to name a few.
Two years ago, Tara came up with Picture Book Idea Month (#PiBoIdMo) for picture book writers not involved in the annual NaNoWriMo frenzy. During the month of November, participants are challenged to come up with at least one viable picture book idea a day. Building on the success of PiBoIdmo 2009, 2010's challenge was even bigger, featuring over 30 guest bloggers to provide inspiration as well as prizes for those who successfully completed the challenge.
One of the best things to come out of PiBoIdMo 2010, in our modest opinion, was that many of our illustrator friends who had taken part wanted to keep the momentum going--which resulted in kidlitart sponsoring the PB dummy challenge. Thank you, Tara!
Join us for #kidlitart on Thursday, January 20, at 9 pm EST, to meet Tara and find out how she turned her unique picture book idea into a brilliant picture book text.