#14DayPBChallenge – Day 2 – February 2023 – A List of Ideas for Picture Books

Ideas for picture books are ephemeral in nature. Sometimes, they come to me in droves, but at other times, I can’t think of any ideas for my writing.

Today, I’m starting a registry of picture book ideas.

  • I’m starting by cataloging the picture books in my own library
  • This is a work in progress. It may take months for me to finish this effort
  • I have discovered that I cannot re-read my picture books often enough.
  • In one day of working on this list, I came up with 3 new ideas for picture books I’d like to write.

Books about Older People, Grandparents, and Elderly Eccentrics


Here Comes Grandma

The Hula-Hoopin Queen

Leave Me Alone

Old Henry

The Old Woman Who Names Things

Strega Nona

Books about Parents

A Chair for My Mother by Vera Williams

A Chair for My Mother
You Are My Mother: Inspired by P.D. Eastman's Are You My Mother? by P.D. Eastman: 9780593121184 | PenguinRandomHouse.com: Books

Are You My Mother

My Dad by Anthony Browne: Used; Good Paperback (2001) | Brit Books

My Dad

Runaway Bunny

ROM Storytime: “Stellaluna” by Janell Cannon | Royal Ontario Museum


Books about Families

Ira Sleeps Over

The Relatives Came

Town Is By the Sea


Books about Pets

9780671662769: Last Puppy - Asch: 0671662767 - AbeBooks

The Last Puppy

Books about Children with Social Issues or Who Feel That They Don’t Fit In

A Bad Case of Stripes (Scholastic Bookshelf): Shannon, David, Shannon, David: 9780439598385: Amazon.com: Books

A Bad Case of Stripes

After the Fall

The Book of Mistakes


I Talk Like A River

Julián Is a Mermaid: 9780763690458: Love, Jessica, Love, Jessica: Books - Amazon.com
Julian Is A Mermaid

Small in the City

ROM Storytime: “Stellaluna” by Janell Cannon | Royal Ontario Museum


Where the Wild Things Are

Books about Farms

Amazon.com: Click Clack Moo: Cows That Type (Audible Audio Edition): Doreen Cronin, Randy Travis, Weston Woods Studios: Audible Books & Originals
Click, Clack Moo

Retellings of Myths, Legends, and Fairy Tales

Anansi the Spider by Gerald McDermott

Hansel and Gretel

LITTLE RED-CAP aka LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD (SIGNED 1995 FIRST PRINTING) by ZWERGER, LISBETH (SIGNED on TITLE PAGE), Illustrator, Winner of the Hans Christian Andersen Award for Lifetime Achievement; Written by The

Little Red Cap

Little Red Riding Hood

The Owl and the Pussycat

Books about Major Literary Themes – Darkness versus Light

Darkness Slipped In

Books that Reinforce Science Studies

Books about Gardening

Books about Seasons and Weather

Snow by Uri Shlevitz

Multicultural Books -Africa and Black History

Duke Ellington

The Hula-Hoopin Queen

Muddy: The Story of Blues Legend Muddy Waters

Rent Party Jazz: Miller, William Neals Reynolds Professor of Biochemistry William, Riley-Webb, Charlotte: 9781600603440: Books - Amazon.ca

Rent Party Jazz

Trombone Shorty

We All Went On Safari

Working Cotton