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

Summer Camp in Fiction: Explore, Play, and Inspire

Summer Camp in Fiction: Explore, Play, and Inspire

Emotions in Nonfiction Picture Books: A Two-Night Mini

Emotions in Nonfiction Picture Books: A Two-Night Mini

Writing for the Educational Market

Writing for the Educational Market

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

That’s What Heart Does: the Emotional Center of Your Picture Book

That’s What Heart Does: the Emotional Center of Your Picture Book

#HFGather Illustrator Chat: The Legacy of Tomie dePaola

#HFGather Illustrator Chat: The Legacy of Tomie dePaola

#HFGather: Illustrator Inspiration from Shadra Strickland & Kelly Light

#HFGather: Illustrator Inspiration from Shadra Strickland & Kelly Light

What Makes a Picture Book Funny, Touching, Complex, Poignant, Memorable?

What Makes a Picture Book Funny, Touching, Complex, Poignant, Memorable?

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Stories from Our Highlights Foundation Alumni

From Workshop to Publication to Acquiring Editor

From Workshop to Publication to Acquiring Editor

Celebrate Children’s Book Week with Author Sarah Aronson and Amy Guglielmo of Reading Rainbow Live!

Celebrate Children’s Book Week with Author Sarah Aronson and Amy Guglielmo of Reading Rainbow Live!

Rediscovering Joy with Picture Books

Rediscovering Joy with Picture Books

How You Can Celebrate Floyd Cooper Day During Children’s Book Week (May 6)

How You Can Celebrate Floyd Cooper Day During Children’s Book Week (May 6)

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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