Celebrating picture books, their creators,

& all who champion them

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Agent Spotlight
Mary Cummings

November 19, 2019

Agent Spotlight: Mary Cummings

Happy Monday and welcome to Picture Book Spotlight!

I feel like it's been a minute since our last "normal" Spotlight Interview. And by minute I mean since September 18th. The leviathan of #PBCritiqueFest and teaching high school English an...

November 6, 2019

The Myth of the Other Side

I had every intention posting this ages ago. Ages and ages. But then school started and #PBCritiqueFest ate my time and focus like an unquenchable yet awesome black hole. Now that the dust has settled on both and I am beginning to move forward...

October 26, 2019


Thank you SO MUCH for participating in our first ever #PBCritiqueFest. If you are wondering if this will be an annual thing...wonder no more. Absolutely it will!

None of this would have been possible if it weren't for our fabulous 2019 participants who took...

September 25, 2019

As writers and artists we desperately want our work to be its very best. Whether you're just starting to play around with the idea of creating picture books or if you're a seasoned veteran, we're all united by the fact that making stories work is a PROCESS that require...

September 19, 2019

Author Spotlight: Sarah Hoppe

No, this is not a drill. This is not a test. It's Picture Book Spotlight. 

Many thanks for all the support for Lizzy Rizzi! If you happened to miss her Author Spotlight, check it out here

Congrats to Carrie Cook for winning a query and pic...

September 11, 2019

Author Spotlight: Lizzy Rizzi

Happy Tuesday and welcome to Picture Book Spotlight!

Did you know that an AI program writes this blog? It's true. There is no actual "Brian Gehrlein." That's just the name of the algorithm that produces our picture book themed interviews wi...

September 4, 2019

Author Spotlight: Lisa Kalma

Welcome to Picture Book Spotlight!

Today is all about llamas. And their drama. In my experience, llamas always seem to have more drama than other quadrupeds. No, we will not be interviewing a llama so get that out of your head.

Lisa Kalma

August 28, 2019

Author/Illustrator Spotlight: Margarita Surnaite

Happy Tuesday and welcome to Picture Book Spotlight.

Say, kidlit fam, what's better than a book giveaway?...A TWO SCOOP GIVEAWAY! Many thanks for the love and support shown to Suzanne Jacobs Lipshaw and her debut picture...

August 24, 2019

Author Spotlight: Lydia Lukidis

Welcome to Picture Book Spotlight. The blog likely invading your inbox more frequently than you would prefer. Please don't unsubscribe...it hurts my feelings. 

Things are busy around these parts lately. Lots going on in this corner of the...

August 21, 2019

Author Spotlight: Suzanne Jacobs Lipshaw

It's Tuesday. That must mean...a new Picture Book Spotlight. Welcome back.

I'd like to start things off by saying THANK YOU for reading, recommending, and retweeting our posts! My hope for this blog is that it is meaningful, pract...

August 17, 2019

Author Spotlight: Jess Hernandez's Agent Success Story

Happy Friday and welcome to a special edition of Picture Book Spotlight. 

Whenever I see an author announce they have received agent representation I always feel encouraged. It reminds me that it's still happening. T...

August 14, 2019

Agent Spotlight: Alyssa Jennette

Happy Tuesday and welcome to Picture Book Spotlight! 

Thank you for showing all the love for Stacey Corrigan's debut of The Pencil Eater. Stacey gave away 2 picture book manuscript critiques! And the winners are...

Stacey Miller and Penny...

August 7, 2019

Author Spotlight: Stacey Corrigan

Happy Tuesday and welcome to Picture Book Spotlight! 

Thank you to all who participated in James McGowan's Agent Spotlight and picture book manuscript giveaway--what a phenomenal turnout! Missed it because you were too busy living in "re...