Tell Your Story: Picture Books

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.

Picture Book Workshops

Diving Into Picture Books: Format, Structure, and Practice

Diving Into Picture Books: Format, Structure, and Practice

Asian and Asian American Voices: An In-Community Retreat

Asian and Asian American Voices: An In-Community Retreat

Free #HFGather: 2023 Scholarship Celebration and Information Session

Free #HFGather: 2023 Scholarship Celebration and Information Session

Creating Picture Books with Humor and Heart: A Working Retreat

Creating Picture Books with Humor and Heart: A Working Retreat

Native Creatives: An In-Community Retreat

Native Creatives: An In-Community Retreat

Non-Traditional Picture Book Structure (A Two-Night Mini Course)

Non-Traditional Picture Book Structure (A Two-Night Mini Course)

Read Like a Writer (A One-Night Mini Course)

Read Like a Writer (A One-Night Mini Course)

Picture Book A to Z: CHARACTER

Picture Book A to Z: CHARACTER

Picture Book A to Z: PLOTTING

Picture Book A to Z: PLOTTING

Getting to Know Your Character

Getting to Know Your Character

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

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

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

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

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."

Picture Book Resources

Rediscovering Joy with Picture Books

Rediscovering Joy with Picture Books

These are your people, and this is your place

These are your people, and this is your place

Writing Picture Books That Meet Kids Where They Are

Writing Picture Books That Meet Kids Where They Are

Picture Book Author/Illustrators: Serving the Youngest Readers

Picture Book Author/Illustrators: Serving the Youngest Readers

Get Involved at the Highlights Foundation

Stories from Our Highlights Foundation Alumni

Congratulations to the 2023 ALA Award Winners

Congratulations to the 2023 ALA Award Winners

Sara Gómez Woolley, 2022 Resident Artist: #WhatIFound @HighlightsFound

Sara Gómez Woolley, 2022 Resident Artist: #WhatIFound @HighlightsFound

Uplifting Indigenous Storytellers on #GivingTuesday

Uplifting Indigenous Storytellers on #GivingTuesday

Khadijah VanBrakle Announces Book Deal

Khadijah VanBrakle Announces Book Deal

Visiting Our Campus

Our campus (The Barn at Boyds Mills) is tucked away in the foothills of the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania.  It's a few hours from both New York City and Philadelphia, but worlds away from everyday life.

Line drawing of the Barn at Boyds Mills

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