Picture Book Prompt 39

It’s never too late to have a happy childhood.
—Tom Robbins


Think of an event or incident in your childhood that didn’t go the way you would have liked. Write about how it might have been different. What would have to have happened to make it go the way you would have liked? Alternatively, think back to a golden moment in your life as a child—or imagine one. Write about that. Write everything you can remember.

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Picture Book Prompt 38

If you don’t see the book you want on the shelves, write it.
—Beverly Cleary

What book or books would you like to see on the shelf? Make a list. Pick one idea and explore it.

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Picture Book Prompt 37

“There is nothing sweeter in this sad world than the sound of someone you love calling your name.”
—Kate DiCamillo

How does it feel when someone you love calls your name? Explore that feeling in a free-write. How might a child feel when they hear someone they love calling their name?

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Picture Book Prompt 36

“Play with me, not with your cell phones!”
—Posters from a demonstration held by kids in Hamburg, Germany


The demonstration was led by a seven-year-old who expressed the hope that “after the demonstration, people will spend less time on their mobile phones.”

Write about parental use of mobile phones from the point of view of a seven-year-old.

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