4-Week: Reading as a Writer—Children's Picture Books (Asynchronous)

$205.00 Members
$230.00 Non-members

Cozy up in front of your computer with your favorite blanket and beverage as we delve deep into the wonderful world of children’s picture books in this online class. Each week we’ll read two books and focus on two to three craft topics such as character, theme/story “takeaway”/message, structure, plot, language and the interplay between text and illustrations.

Through exercises and online discussion, we’ll gain a better understanding of how picture books work. The course will cover both narrative and non-narrative (episodic/experiential) books as well as rhyming and non-rhyming books.

Purchase or borrow from your local library: 

Week 1

•        The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson, illustrated by Rafael López (2018, Nancy Paulsen Books, Penguin Random House)

•        Dozens of Doughnuts by Carrie Finison, illustrated by Brianne Farley (G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2020)

Week 2

•        Truman by Jean Reidy, illustrated by Lucy Ruth Cummins (2019, Atheneum Books for Young Readers)

•        Watercress by Andrea Wang, illustrated by Jason Chin (2021, Neal Porter Books/Holiday House)

•        Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story by Kevin Noble Maillard, illustrated by Juana Martinez-Neal (2019, Roaring Brook Press)

Week 3

•        Something's Wrong!: A Bear, a Hare, and Some Underwear by Jory John, illustrated by Erin Kraan (2021, Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

•        Maybe Tomorrow? by Charlotte Agell, illustrated by Ana Ramírez González (2019, Scholastic)

Week 4

•        Milo Imagines the World, words by Matt de la Peña, pictures by Christian Robinson  (2021, GP Putnam’s Sons)

•        Freedom in Congo Square by Carole Boston Weatherford, illustrated by R. Gregory Christie (2016, little bee books)

About Our Online Classes:

We use an online platform called Wet Ink. This platform allows you to post comments and critiques directly to the authors’ works (for 8-week workshops). You can also view deadlines, track revisions, and watch video or listen to audio. At the end of the class, each student will receive an email that contains an archive of all their content and interactions. Everyone who participates in an online workshop will also become part of the ongoing Lighthouse community within Wet Ink, where you can share and receive exercises and calls for submissions. Stay in touch with your fellow students (if you like) via the Lighthouse community when the class has ended.

By the end of the day on the Monday that class begins, you’ll receive an invitation to join Wet Ink. There are no browser requirements, and Wet Ink is mobile-friendly. If you have any questions about the technical requirements, please email [email protected].

Students are welcome to enroll up until the Friday of the starting week.

Instructor: Denise Vega Learn More