NEW! Download a Pearl Paper Doll kit!

Download a Pirate Boy Door Hanger

Download a a Lily Coloring Page

😸 This Picture Book Life β€”a roundup of book suggestions, crafts, recipes, and other fun stuff.

πŸŽ“Each year SCBWI awards one school with an author or illustrator visit and new books. Any school can apply.

✏️Children's book author, Kim Norman has compiled a long (sidebar) roster of authors and illustrators who do school visits, listed by state.

🌍 For free (short) virtual visits go to World Read Aloud Day

πŸ–₯ Skype in the Classroom

βœ’οΈNeed a writing prompt? Pirate Boy is a β€œWhat If Story.” Download a template for your own "What If Story.”

⛡️Pirate Crafts

✏️ Looking for fun step by step instructions for drawing animals and people? Visit Ed Emberley!

🎨 Lots of lesson and craft projects

πŸ‘‘ Make a Maid Marian Hat like the one Daphne wears in The Artist and The King.

πŸ‘©β€πŸŽ¨ More hat craft ideas here.

😸Click here for step by step instructions for making a mask like Lily’s.
And here for more great craft ideas.


πŸ“•Picture book recommendations from

πŸ“šReading Is Fundamental (Lesson plans, Puzzles, Read Alouds & Videos)

πŸ–₯Great Websites for Kids is a compilation of sites geared to children from birth to age 14.

πŸŽ’Getting ready for kindergarten? Writer/teacher Susie Wilde has picture book recommendations.

πŸ“•Visit Dolly Parton's Library

🚌 More picture book suggestions for starting school here.

πŸŽ“ And here!


🎀 Cool School Visits β€”Great advice on doing author visits from someone who's been there.

πŸ“š What does a picture book layout look like? Download a template from Debbie Ohi and

πŸ—£Visit Julie Danielson for picture book author and illustrator interviews.

🎀And Reading Rockets for video interviews.

πŸ’πŸ½β€β™‚οΈ KidLit 411

✍🏾Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators

A big THANK YOU to Creating Creatives and This Picture Book Life!

More fantastic craft ideas at Creating Creatives and This Picture Book Life!

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