NF PB Journey: Picture Book Rubric

Excellent resources provided by Nancy! I love the rubrics!


NF PB Rubric

If you’ve been following along here on my blog, you know that right now we’re exploring Charlesbridge, especially their nonfiction picture books. (CLICK HERE if you want to start at the very first post about this journey.)

When I read over picture books, I like to read them for pleasure. But then I also like to study them and analyze them and try to understand what works and what doesn’t.

To help me evaluate my favorite Charlesbridge published nonfiction picture books, I developed a picture book rubric that I fill out. It’s amazing how filling in this rubric helps me then write and self-edit my own picture book manuscripts to make them shine!

To download a copy of your very own NONFICTION PICTURE BOOK RUBRIC, visit the site of my writing buddies, Writing According to Humphrey and Friends. Click on the link for the NONFICTION PICTURE BOOK…

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3 Ways to Pace Your Picture Book

Great article on pacing and book dummird


By Joyce Audy Zarins

Now that you know Why thirty-two pages? is the standard number for your picture book, you can pace your story within that format. By editing, using page turns to increase drama, and planning the action, you will turn your manuscript into a book.

Your text is likely to change along the way. Here’s a great example. Maurice Sendak made a book dummy titled Where the Wild Horses Are, which eventually morphed into Where the Wild Things Are. Wereaditlikethis has a terrific blog post that shows Sendak’s sculpting of this story as it moved from idea to dummy to finished book. The story changed as did the elongated format of the dummy, which is nothing like the shape of the finished book we all know and love.

Revise. Revise. Revise. Eliminate all that is unnecessary. Revise. Revise. Revise. Eliminate all that is unnecessary.

So, like Sendak, you must shape your story. Write and…

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‘Time-Outs’ Are Hurting Your Child

Very interesting


Time-out is the most popular discipline technique used by parents and the one most often recommended by pediatricians and child development experts. But is it good for kids? Is it effective? Not according to the implications of the latest research on relationships and the developing brain.

Studies in neuroplasticity—the brain’s adaptability—have proved that repeated experiences actually change the physical structure of the brain. Since discipline-related interactions between children and caregivers comprise a large amount of childhood experiences, it becomes vital that parents thoughtfully consider how they respond when kids misbehave. Discipline is about teaching – not about punishment – and finding ways to teach children appropriate behavior is essential for healthy development.


So what about time-outs? In most cases, the primary experience a time-out offers a child is isolation. Even when presented in a patient and loving manner, time-outs teach them that when they make a mistake, or when…

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