November is Picture Book Month and Michelle R. Eastman, children’s book author of ‘The Legend of Dust Bunnies, a fairy’s tale‘, has started an initiative called Picture Book Pass it On (#PBPiO). This is to celebrate the power of the picture book.
I was tagged by the lovely Andy Mulberry. I recently met Andy on Twitter and immediately downloaded her children’s books ‘Skycastle, the Demon, and Me: Book 1 in the Skycastle series‘ and ‘The Demonic Incident in Chinatown: Book 2 in the Skycastle series‘. I’m looking forward to reading these with my eldest daughter.
So what do you need to do?
#1 Post a “shout-out” to celebrate your favourite picture book. It can be anything from posting a selfie of you and your fave picture book kickin’ it, to tweeting a line from one of your favourite characters or scenes, or post a picture or video of you reading a favourite picture book with a child, pet, or loved one. Or blog about a favourite picture book memory from your childhood.
#2 Pledge to donate a copy of your favourite picture book to a local children’s charity or cause (battered women’s shelter, prison waiting room where children wait to visit an incarcerated parent, a struggling school, etc.)
#3 Pass it on. Help spread the word about Picture Book Pass it On (#PBPiO). Encourage others to accept the 3 calls to action, and pass it on…
So happy to be involved in this and here is my answer:
#1 Here is my eldest posing with ‘The Mick Inkpen Treasury’, including stories Lullabyhullaballoo!, Nothing, Bear and Billy’s Beetle – four fabulously illustrated stories! My favourite memory of reading Billy’s Beetle was when I was the mystery reader in my daughter’s reception class. I sneaked in while all the children sat on the mat, hands over eyes but peeping, then I was introduced as Scarlett’s Mummy to huge cheers. I felt like a celebrity for a short while; my fifteen minutes of fame! I have some fabulous memories of reading picture books as a child and thank my mum for teaching me to read at such a young age. Here are a few of my childhood favourites from a previous blog post.
Firstly, I pass it on to Sarah Hindmarsh, children’s author of ‘The Mouse Who Howled At The Moon‘. My little ones loved this book and we look forward to reading her new book ‘The Squirrel Who Travelled the World‘.
And last but not least, the lovely Jim Milson who is currently writing the ‘Adventures of Little Red Bear’. We eagerly await its completion but I gather new characters keep popping up every time he goes out for a stroll!
Thank you Andy Mulberry for tagging me and to Michelle R. Eastman for starting #PBPiO.
Happy Picture Book Month everyone.
If you’ve been inspired by this, don’t wait to be tagged, join in!