One of the reason I think picture books are such a tough sale is because kids are a tough sale! They dismiss things so easily, and there’s no convincing them to try something that doesn’t look appealing to them. Parents are a tough sale too. We have to read the books to our kids and since we often have to read them over and over and over, we appreciate it if they’re not super lame and give us a wink here and there.

So when I find a new picture book that both my kids and I love, I shout HUZZAH! Here is our latest favorite:

The Recess Queen 
by Alexis O’Neill and Laura Huliska-Beith

My son brought this home from pre-school and we read it and I saw the publishing date was 2002! and I thought WHY ON EARTH HAVE I NOT HEARD OF THIS BOOK? I guess I wasn’t as involved in children’s books back then. Also, I didn’t have kids yet. But I’m sure glad I found this book. So fun to read and my son adores both the story and pictures! Also, it’s a great conversation starter about bullying on the playground and how to solve such problem.


  1. Have you ever read Big Plans? It is my favorite picture book of all time. ALL TIME. It’s better than Don’t Let the Pigeon Drives the Bus.

    • Karena

    • February 6, 2013

    • 8:15 pm

    I am so excited. I just pre-ordered your book. I love the cover…so enchanting.

  2. Anon, for what you’re looking for ICL is a fantastic option. Great for discipline, organization, basics of writing and publishing. It’s a great starting point and I think it’s fine if you don’t know where exactly you fit in (PB, MG, YA or Adult.) And you can decide that you like it all!

    For writing organization, I use Evernote and love it. You can have multiple notebooks for personal and writing journals and store links. I always have a moleskine for every single book I write because I frequently draft long-hand before I put it in the computer. It just works for me. Other than that, I’m not sure I’m very methodical or organized about what I work on and when. I pretty much just sit my butt in the chair and make sure I write something. Once I get in a groove it’s easy to keep going. But ICL really is a good place to start.

    • Anonymous

    • February 13, 2013

    • 5:19 pm

    Thanks for the info. I REALLy admire your writing accomplishments and goals. I wonder if I can ask you some life advice? I realize that is bizarre and personal…but I’m 31 and so lost in something in life and need an unbiased opinion from an intelligent person 🙂 Someone I admire. If so, email me at
    Thanks. 🙂

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