Picture Book Courses

There’s just one thing we can tell you about writing a picture book: there is no one “right way” to do it.

You have a story to tell, and a unique voice with which to tell it.

Maybe you’ve had an idea for a while and want to get started. Maybe you’re looking for a place to find community and hone your craft.

No matter where you are on your journey, we’re glad you’re here.  Your story and your picture book can inspire children, and we’d love to help.

Find A Picture Book Course

Working Retreat: Spark Inspiration with Meditation and Creative Play

Working Retreat: Spark Inspiration with Meditation and Creative Play

Starts: June 15, 2024

Working Retreat: Poetry and Poetry Anthologies

Working Retreat: Poetry and Poetry Anthologies

Starts: June 23, 2024

Summer Camp in Illustration: Intensive Artistic Inspiration

Summer Camp in Illustration: Intensive Artistic Inspiration

Starts: July 10, 2024

Summer Camp in Writing: Create and Dream!

Summer Camp in Writing: Create and Dream!

Starts: July 14, 2024

Picture Book Plotting from A to Z: A 5-Week Online Course for Writers

Picture Book Plotting from A to Z: A 5-Week Online Course for Writers

Starts: July 18, 2024

Writing for the Educational Market: A 6-Week Online Program

Writing for the Educational Market: A 6-Week Online Program

Starts: August 15, 2024

World-Building with Editor Emma D. Dryden: A Two-Night Mini

World-Building with Editor Emma D. Dryden: A Two-Night Mini

Starts: August 20, 2024

Successful School Visits: A Three Part Online Course

Successful School Visits: A Three Part Online Course

Starts: August 28, 2024

Working Retreat: Experienced Storytellers In-Company

Working Retreat: Experienced Storytellers In-Company

Starts: September 11, 2024

Just Do It! Your Collaborative Support Group for Finishing Your Draft (Fall)

Just Do It! Your Collaborative Support Group for Finishing Your Draft (Fall)

Starts: September 18, 2024

From Idea & Sketch to Dummy & Submission: An Author/Illustrator Online Course

From Idea & Sketch to Dummy & Submission: An Author/Illustrator Online Course

Starts: September 24, 2024

The Crash Course in Children’s Book Publishing (Fall)

The Crash Course in Children’s Book Publishing (Fall)

Starts: September 24, 2024

Working Retreat: Lyrical Picture Books and Poetry

Working Retreat: Lyrical Picture Books and Poetry

Starts: September 26, 2024

Working Retreat: Picture Book Authors and Illustrators

Working Retreat: Picture Book Authors and Illustrators

Starts: November 10, 2024

Working Retreat: Revision

Working Retreat: Revision

Starts: November 14, 2024

Picture Book Resources

3 Questions With Lesléa Newman and Rob Sanders About Writing Books That Make a Difference for Kids

3 Questions With Lesléa Newman and Rob Sanders About Writing Books That Make a Difference for Kids

3 Questions With Kaz Windness and Katie Mazeika About Disability Representation in Picture Book Illustration

3 Questions With Kaz Windness and Katie Mazeika About Disability Representation in Picture Book Illustration

3 Questions With Merrill Rainey and Joe Cepeda About Creating Books for The Very Youngest Children

3 Questions With Merrill Rainey and Joe Cepeda About Creating Books for The Very Youngest Children

3 Questions With Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen About Using Humor to Elevate Your Picture Book, Early Reader, or Chapter Book

3 Questions With Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen About Using Humor to Elevate Your Picture Book, Early Reader, or Chapter Book

Inspiring Children Through Story

“My picture book … deals with parents separating. One little boy, who parents recently divorced, went to bed with [it] many nights. This deeply moved me to know this picture book helped this little boy.

“I tutor 2nd grade reluctant readers. My understanding of picture book structure and prose allows me to help them learn more than words. Rather than just read the story, we talk about it.”

“You mean I get to keep this book forever?”

…Spoken by a child in tears who was gifted with one of my books at a school visit and had never owned a book before.

“When I hear kids giggle while I’m reading [my book] I feel like I’ve done the job I intended to do.

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Stories from Our Highlights Foundation Alumni

That Highlights Magic: From Learning to Write a Book Proposal to Celebrating a Book Birthday

That Highlights Magic: From Learning to Write a Book Proposal to Celebrating a Book Birthday

#HFGather: Here Comes Summer–Reading, Swimming and Gathering

#HFGather: Here Comes Summer–Reading, Swimming and Gathering

Celebrating a Book Birthday: We Mostly Come Out At Night

Celebrating a Book Birthday: We Mostly Come Out At Night

Celebrating Tonya Duncan Ellis’ Book Birthday!

Celebrating Tonya Duncan Ellis’ Book Birthday!

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The Highlights Foundation positively impacts children by amplifying the voices of storytellers who inform, educate, and inspire children to become their best selves.  Learn more about our impact.