PBB “Great Posts” of 2020

2019 was a great year filled with awesome posts about delightful books at Picture Book Builders. But some weeks were so hectic I missed a few posts. If you missed some too — never fear! Here’s a round up of some of my favorite 2019 posts — one from each Picture Book Builders blogger. (Bonus: the posts contain writing tips and helpful insights about new picture books!)

Mike Boldt
Using your inner critic as a tool to spark creativity.
Tammi Sauer
Solid gold examples using of the rule of threes in a picture book.
Pat Zietlow Miller
How reading picture books can make you a better writer.
Jill Esbaum
Examining an out-of-the-box story that offers new twists on familiar tropes. 
Kevan Atteberry
Analysis of a hilarious story with a roller coaster of emotions.
Linda Ashman
How a favorite childhood song or nursery rhyme can spark a new picture book idea.
Jennifer Black Reinhardt Insights on a delightful character story (with wonderfully detailed illustrations!)
Suzanne Slade (me) — Author interview about crafting a rhyming book on a universal topic such as reading.

All of us at Picture Book Builders truly appreciate you stopping in and sharing your encouraging, insightful comments. We’re grateful for all of you so we can share the ups and downs of our writing journeys together.

Wishing you a creative, productive 2020 filled with fantastic new manuscripts, illustrations, and books!

Suzanne Slade

Suzanne Slade is the author of more than 100 books. A mechanical engineer by degree, she enjoys writing about science topics and fascinating historical figures. Recent books include: SWISH! The Slam-Dunking, Alley-Ooping, High-Flying Harlem Globetrotters, A Computer Called Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Helped Put America on the Moon, The Daring Dozen, Countdown: 2979 Days to the Moon, Astronaut Annie, Out of School and Into Nature: The Anna Comstock Story, Dangerous Jane, The Music in George's Head: George Gershwin Creates Rhapsody in Blue, The Inventor’s Secret, and Exquisite: The Poetry and Life of Gwendolyn Brooks. Coming soon -- MARS IS, JUNE ALMEIDA VIRUS DETECTIVE! THE WOMAN WHO DISCOVERED THE FIRST HUMAN CORONAVIRUS, THE UNIVERSE AND YOU, and TBA titles from Calkins Creek, Peachtree, and Random House. Learn more about Suzanne and her books at: www.suzanneslade.com


  1. Ahh…it’s fun to review these wonderful posts. Happy New Year!

  2. Lovely to round these gems up into one sparkling collection! Happy 2020!

  3. Thanks for sharing these posts again. ! I think I may have missed a few

  4. Great list! I remember reading them throughout the year. Happy New Year!

  5. Thanks! I enjoyed these rereads. 🙂

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