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

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

Those Pesky Specs! Writing for the Educational Market

Those Pesky Specs! Writing for the Educational Market

Get to Know Your Picture Book Before You Start Revising

Get to Know Your Picture Book Before You Start Revising

How Do You Know If You’ve Written a Picture Book?

How Do You Know If You’ve Written a Picture Book?

Denise Fleming, Artist and Mentor

Denise Fleming, Artist and Mentor

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Stories from Our Highlights Foundation Alumni

Padma Venkatraman on Fear, Creativity and Motivation

Padma Venkatraman on Fear, Creativity and Motivation

Diversity in Children’s Literature Fellow Gerry Himmelreich Talks About His Why

Diversity in Children’s Literature Fellow Gerry Himmelreich Talks About His Why

Juana Martinez-Neal on Creative Leaps and New Techniques

Juana Martinez-Neal on Creative Leaps and New Techniques

Gareth Hinds on Creative Process and Taking Artistic Leaps

Gareth Hinds on Creative Process and Taking Artistic Leaps

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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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.

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