The Disappearing Act!

I installed Disqus on my blog yesterday to fight all the spam that the blog was attracting, and what do I see? All the previous comments from all the posts have disappeared! Need to get down to fixing it

"Picture books are alive and well, and will continue to inspire children and adults for generations to come." An interview with Dianne de Las Casas, founder of Picture Book Month

“Picture books are alive and well, and will continue to inspire children and adults for generations to come.” An interview with Dianne de Las Casas, founder of Picture Book Month

                         Here’s the Monday special interview with none other than the lady herself who founded the Picture Book Month in November 2011 – award-winning author and storyteller, Dianne de Las Casas! I’m both excited and honoured to have her here this morning!       1)     A warm welcome to my website, Dianne. Most of us are familiar with the NYT article (read here) that acted as a trigger for you to initiate Read More

Do Not Open This Book!

Do Not Open This Book!

This is only my second time here, but feels so good to be doing Perfect Picture Book Fridays after weeks! Head over to Susanna Hill‘s blog for this super-fun friday iniitiative that brings the best of picture books together at one place! For an exhaustive list of all picture books reviewed, click here.   Title: Do Not Open This Book! Author: Michaela Muntean Illustrator: Pascal Lemaitre   Publisher: Scholastic PressNew York Genre: Picture Book Age group: 4 years and up Click here to have a look at Read More



  Published By: Tulika Books Story and Illustrations: Alankrita Jain 20 pages, Rs 95    It’s Boodabim!            In a Sentence: Who is Boodabim?   What is it About: This book is such a sweet little tease! It’s a guessing game for the little ones, the really little ones, to identify who Boodabim is from the endearing disguises he appears in!   What makes it snuggly: The cute Boodabim. His name. His look. His roly-poliness. His mischievousness. The minimal text is Read More

Tara Lazar's PiBoIdMo is here!

Tara Lazar’s PiBoIdMo is here!

  Am sharpening my pencils and clearing up my desk to take on the 30 picture book ideas in 30 days (of November) challenge! For details, click here. The awesome logo has been created by Ward Jenkins! It’s my first, so naturally, I am both excited and keeping my fingers crossed that I do my celebratory Yessss! jig on November 30:) It promises to be an inspiring exercise and a whole lot of fun , so for any of you wanting to be a part of it, Read More

It takes a Village to create a picture book…

“In truly great picture books, the illustrations do not echo the text, nor do the words describe the pictures. In truly great picture books, the combination of text and art creates something so much better than either of the individual pieces. They support each other and enhance each other. They go together like peanuts and Paydays, like Marley and reggae…” Came across this insightful post by picture book author Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen on Marcei Colleen’s blog The Write Routine. Sudipta talks about who the picture book Read More

November is Picture Book Month!

November is Picture Book Month!

Yay! November is Picture book Month and thanks to its founder, author and storyteller Dianne de Las Casas ( The Story Connect), I just got myself the official Picture Book Month 2012 Ambassador badge!       Here’s the fascinating and inspiring story behind The Story Behind Picture Book Month ! To know all about this year’s celebrations, visit Picture Book Month. That’s thirty days of reading, sharing and celebrating picture books. And then continuing to do it all year round Am thrilled to be a part of this Read More

How To Write A Picture Book

Came across this useful post today by writer Sue Bradford Edwards that she did for WOW (Women-on-Writing) on how to write a picture book. While she is far more generous with her word-count allowance to prospective picture book authors (upto about 750 – I prefer to put the cap at 600), she gives a few pointed tips on how to keep the story child-friendly and forward moving. Read on:   Read here for an earlier post by me on the same topic: We Err!