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 Resources

Writing the Rainbow: Rob Sanders and Lesléa Newman Talk About LGBTQIA+ Picture Books

Writing the Rainbow: Rob Sanders and Lesléa Newman Talk About LGBTQIA+ Picture Books

10 Things to Consider When Writing A Picture Book Biography

10 Things to Consider When Writing A Picture Book Biography

Picture Books: To Rhyme or Not To Rhyme

Picture Books: To Rhyme or Not To Rhyme

How to Write a Picture Book (When You’re an Illustrator)

How to Write a Picture Book (When You’re an Illustrator)

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 Courses and Workshops

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Stories from Our Highlights Foundation Alumni

Whole Novel Workshop Alum Wins Manuscript Award

Whole Novel Workshop Alum Wins Manuscript Award

Teresa Robeson on Her Passion for Writing Nonfiction

Teresa Robeson on Her Passion for Writing Nonfiction

Cover Reveal: Tracey Baptiste’s African Icons: 10 People Who Shaped History

Cover Reveal: Tracey Baptiste’s African Icons: 10 People Who Shaped History

#HFGather with Daria Peoples, Our 2021 Artist of the Year

#HFGather with Daria Peoples, Our 2021 Artist of the Year

Workshops for Writers & Illustrators

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> In-Person
> On-Demand (Self-Paced Online)

New to the Highlights Foundation? Try these:

The Crash Course | The Whole Novel Workshop | Summer Camp

Questions?

Need help deciding on a workshop?  Ask an ambassador!

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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