The Moon & the Stars — Things That Light the Night

Darkness versus the Light or Night versus Day are themes that frequently appear in the arts. In most cases, when the theme of the night is employed in a literary piece, the darkness of the night alludes to something sinister that is present in the story. Dark versus Light – Night versus Day – Themes…

What IS the 28 Day Picture Book Challenge? #PBChallenge

It’s Official! My Debut Picture Book The Donkey’s Song Has a Birth Day Soon. After stretching and yawning and rolling around for years, my Donkey will finally be born on October 11, 2022. And even though it has not even been printed yet, The Donkey’s Song has climbed to the top of one of Amazon’s…

Journeys in Literature

Tolkien may have been the greatest of the writers about journeys: In The Hobbit, Bilbo Baggins and 13 Dwarves venture forward “on a quest to reclaim the Lonely Mountain from the dragon Smaug. Lord of the Rings – “The Quest of the Ring, also known as the Quest for Mount Doom, was the quest taken by…

Jacki Kellum Hits the Trail for Author Visits and Workhops

I am currently creating several resources which I hope teachers, librarians, Sunday School teachers, etc., might use to help children better understand what was going on during the time that Jesus was born in Palestine. While I have finally become a published picture book author, I was a teacher, a children’s librarian, a Sunday School…

The Donkey’s Song Is A Message about Love 365 Days A Year

Don’t get me wrong, I love holidays. I love the actual day of Halloween and the actual day of Thanksgiving and the actual night of Christmas Eve and the actual mornings of Easter and Christmas Day. When I was a child, I loved decorating a shoebox with construction paper, lacy hearts, and whatever else seemed…

How to Create a Text Dummy for a Picture Book in Microsoft Word

Through the process of getting my Debut Picture Book The Donkey’s Song published, a rare thing happened. My editor Frances Gilbert and I have become great friends. The Donkey’s Song by Jacki Kellum Illustrated by Sydney Hanson Published by Random House Children’s Books Here Frances is the Vice President and Editor in Chief of Doubleday…