Subversive Picture Books

I want to write subversive picture books.

Huh? What does that mean, you ask?

According to Julie Danielson of “Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast”, subversive picture books are thought provoking, mind blowing or life changing. They can defy social law or make children think critically about the status quo.

One example Julie Danielson gave in her recent 12X12 webinar (one of the fabulous perks on being a 12X12 member is their awesome webinars) is one of my all time favourite books:

In “The Paper Bag Princess” Princess Elizabeth is going to marry Prince Ronald, but one day a dragon comes and smashes her castle and carries her prince off. She is left with only a paper bag to wear, but that does not deter her from setting out to save her prince. But when Elizabeth defeats the dragon, the reaction of Ronald leads her to make a new choice in her life.

What’s your favourite subversive picture book?

Three Autumn Children’s Writing Opportunities

So summer is almost over, and the kids are almost back in school. Well at least my kid starts next week. I know that a lot of kids have already started back to school.

Anyway, it’s time to get back into the swing of things, which means more time on my writing and back to blogging. I am thinking though that I may only do my blog posts every two weeks now.

That’s not to say that I wasn’t busy writing during the summer. I still successfully completed at least one picture book draft per month and one revision per month as per the 12X12 challenge. I sent out my first early reader manuscript for critiquing. I sent out manuscripts to several agents. Alas, I have already received rejections from most of these agents. I also sent out a couple of manuscripts to editors. I am waiting to hear back from them. Finally, I took a travel writing course. Eva Shaw, who taught my travel writing course, is a terrific teacher, and if you even get a chance to take a course taught by her, jump at the opportunity.

Inbetween I had some delightful vacation time too, including going to some museums and for a visit to Germany to see my family. Perhaps some stories will come out of those experiences.


In the Nicolai Church in Germany. The altar was carved in 1524.

In the Nicolai Church in Germany. The altar was carved in 1524.

At the interactive art exhibit "Ellipsis" at the Museum. Add three dots of your own.

At the interactive art exhibit “Ellipsis” at the Museum. Add three dots of your own.

So now what’s going on in the near future in my writing life?
Here are three writing opportunities I look forward to this fall:
1. Canada East and Florida Inter-Chapter Mentorship Program
It’s a six month online mentorship. There is a novel program and a picture book program. Applications are accepted beginning in October.

2. Picture Book Summit
On October 3, the first online picture book conference will take place. Take in all the day’s proceedings from the comfort of your own home. There will be interviews with editors and agents, talks by authors Peter Brown, Andrea Davis Pinkney, and Mac Burnett plus sessions taught by four acclaimed instructors. What’s not to love? Can’t catch all or part of it that day? Then catch up later with the recording.

3. CANSCAIP’s Packaging Your Imagination (PYI) conference
You may remember my blog post about attending this conference last year. It was my first conference and so was very exciting for me.
This year PYI is held November 14 in Toronto, but if you are not from the area you can attend virtually. Keynotes are by Lois Lesynski and Linda Granfield. There are four sessions with multiple topics ranging from negotiating a book contract to writing non-fiction.

What writing opportunities would you like to share with us?