November is Picture Book Month.

My goodness, it is November already.  But before we think about singing Christmas carols (oh no!), this is a  great month to celebrate picture books.

Picture Book Month is an international literacy initiative (since 2011)  that celebrates the print picture book during the month of November – though as children’s writers and illustrators we always value the importance and magic of picture books.

To celebrate the month, a different author or illustrator will visit www.picturebookmonth.com each day to share their love of picture books, explaining why he/she thinks picture books are important.

Click here to see their 2012 schedule­: http://www.mylittlebookcase.com.au/featured/november-is-picture-book-month/

And make sure you look out for Australian picture book talents, Jackie French (November 11), Emma Quay (November 17)  and Bruce Whatley (November 28).

And, how can you participate in Picture Book Month?
There are many ways to celebrate Picture Book Month. Their official website has a Celebrate! page with suggestions on how you can join the celebration!

How can you become a Picture Book Month Ambassador?
Anyone who loves picture books can become a Picture Book Month Ambassador. All you have to do is place their PBM Ambassador logo on your website or blog  and celebrate by shouting out Picture Book Month. In exchange for using the PBM ambassador logo, all you need to do is link back to http://www.picturebookmonth.com.

And you might like to read SCBWI’s Christopher Cheng’s 2011 post on why picture books are important. Click here.

So let’s celebrate together. More information at http://www.picturebookmonth.com

We’d love to here from our own SCBWI Queensland writers and illustrators  as to why you think picture books are important. Please feel free to leave your comment below.

Long Live the picture book!

Post by Helen Ross.

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