Sunday, February 1, 2015

Picture Books 14:14 Sign Ups Are Here

PB 14:14 Book Love. Craft Love. Writer Love. Share the LOVE.

The Valentine Vision:
Read, Study, and Share
14 picture books in 14 days

PB 14:14 is a blogging challenge. A blog hop. A learning adventure about books and craft ...with PRIZES!

It's almost as stupendous as Susanna Leonard Hill's Perfect Picture Book Friday reviews, as purpose-driven as Mandy Robek's August Picture Books 10 for 10, as momentous as Tara Lazar's PiBoIdMo, as profound as Paula Yoo's NaPiBoWriWee, as intense as Lora Koehler's and Jean Reagan's Picture Book Marathon, as ambitious as Julie Hedlund's 12 x 12, and as influential as Dianne de Las Casas' Picture Book Month. 

PB 14:14 is COSMIC!

This is not a simple book recommendation event. It's a 2-week picture book blogging extravaganza. It is a specific type of book "review" for WRITERS! For as many days as you can, post your own "review" (as explained below) on your own blog and link it back to the daily linky list so everyone can hop to each other's blogs and learn more about the craft of picture book writing.

Who Can Join

Anyone who blogs, reads, writes, or breathes picture books. Simply read a book, study it, and share what you have learned with everyone else, much like I have done on my Top 10 Story Elements for Picture Books series. 

Each person will be writing their own recommendations, or lessons to share on their own blog and linking that post back to the linky list for that day so that we can all hop over to each other's blogs and learn more together than we ever could have alone.

Purpose Behind the Event

There are SO many picture books out there that I would LOVE to read and study, but simply don't have access to them. I'm hoping this will open up a lot of doors - er...books - to all of us. My library can NOT get any book I want. I'd have to buy it or make a trip to the bookstore and hope they had it in stock, JUST TO READ it. This way, we can all share our access to the best of the best books and learn more about great craft and skill than we could on our own.

How to Write Your Blog Post

Each book must be able to teach by example a short lesson on one of the Top 10 Story Elements for Picture Books. Include the title, author, illustrator, publisher, year, and word count, and an image of the cover. All books must be within the last 10 years. 2005 and forward. Please follow the examples of my previous Story Elements posts to the right. Just click on an element and read a post or two. Just share what feels right and most helpful, but certainly don't quote the whole book, or even half the book. A few quotes are good. Help us LEARN. Help us SEE. What can we emulate to become better writers for that element? SHARE with us what you found most helpful.

Top 10 Story Elements


#3: PLOT


The goal is to find 14 picture books published in 2005 or later. Each day, you will write a blog post about that book and recommend it to writers to use for studying one of the top 10 story elements for picture books. You can focus on two elements max, if you're having a difficult time choosing between two. 

To be eligible for prizes, you must post at least 5 out of the 7 days in that week to receive one entry. If you post 7 out of 7 days for that week, you will receive 2 entries. All winners will be chosen randomly.

There will be 5 winners total. All prizes will be announced on the 28th!

2 first week winners (14th-20th): 1 picture book, and 1 critique
2 second week winners (21st-27th): 1 picture book, and 1 critique

GRAND PRIZE winner: 
  • a book about craft, business, or inspiration
  • a critique
  • a special Top 10 Story Elements wall calendar
  • free tuition to an online picture book craft writing class
To be eligible for the grand prize, you must have at least 10 out of 14 blog posts (5 each week). Those who have 14 out of 14 will get TWO extra entries. Good luck and may the muse be with you!

When to Start

Basically, you can start right now. But, technically, you won't be able to post anything until 2.14.15. Scour your shelves for the best books. Choose which one or two elements each book will teach. It's okay if someone chooses the same book as someone else. One person might choose it to teach rhyme, whereas another might teach character. Do what you feel the book compels you to do. You can actually start writing the blog posts NOW. Just save them as drafts and schedule their publish dates for later. Don't publish them now. Wait until the 14th and do one a day.

Sign Up Now

Simply sign the linky list below with your name and a link to your blog. More details will follow on how to add your individual blog posts closer to the 14th. If you have any questions, leave them in the comments. You have 2 weeks to sign up and 2 weeks to participate. The deadline to sign up is Valentine's Day at midnight. 


  1. Been looking forward to this for a WHILE. Best exercise I had in my 2014 writing year, as it challenged me to really examine PB's for what made them what they were. Learned so much from the other participants.

    1. Thank you so much! I hope you get just as much, if not more, out of it this year as you did last year.

  2. I am going to have to regretfully resign from this challenge at this time. Please take off my link (#3). Hopefullly I'll be able to participate next time. Thanks!

    1. So sad to hear you won't be able to make it this year. Hope all is well with you and that you'll be able to join us next year. Have a happy Valentine's day! Remember to read a book!

  3. I'm back! :) I may be hit and miss this year as I have my grandson staying for a while. Six months old and teething. At least I have a willing audience to read all the books to.

  4. I am back...sign me up...I am excited to start.

  5. Fooey. I don't have a blog, but I'll read along if there are enough hours in the day.

  6. Should we limit ourselves to newer PBs or are any PBs fair game? I'm going to do my best to keep up as I simultaneously try to keep up with my 10 month old!

    1. Oops! Just saw the part about books written in the last 10 years! Sorry about that! My bad!

  7. Christy, great prizes. I am on - we'll see how I do!

  8. Great practice for my new blog!

    1. I am so sorry, but I forgot to put my name with my blog when I signed up. My blog is #12 - For the Love of Children's Books.

      Thank you, Joyce

  9. I just found out about this on Facebook. I'm in. This is a skill I need as a writer that I always STRUGGLE with as I'm more the "Feel my way through" type. This challenge is what I need. I hope this will also bring some needed energy to my blog.

  10. Sorry, Christie, I was hoping to participate again this year but unfortunately have a lot going on right now. I had a great time last year so hope to join in next year. I will stop in to read as many of the posts as I can though.


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