February 1, 2011

2011 Picture Book Marathon

Happy February Everyone!

Yes, it's still snowing.  Yes, we're likely to be snowed in for 2 days.  No, winter isn't over.  But it's February - definitely a step in the right direction :)

Since it's National Phyllis week, let me first say that Punxsutawney Phyllis is the smartest, most beautiful, most reliable weather prophet with the loveliest singing voice known to the marmot family!  (Imagine flashing neon and lots of sparkles!)

That should keep her happy for a moment while I tell you that today, February 1st, is Day One of the 2011 Picture Book Marathon!

Here's the object of the game:  write a picture book a day for the month of February.  Since February has 28 days, and a marathon only has 26 miles, you get 2 days off to use at your discretion.

I did the Picture Book Marathon last year for the first time.  I only managed 17 new stories, but I still felt pretty good about it.  This year, I'll be lucky to manage 17 given everything else going on.  But I'm going to give it the old college try.  Who's with me?  Anyone else want to give it a go?  We can exchange blog comments for encouragement and let each other know how we're doing :)

Here's the link if you're interested:  The Picture Book Marathon

So now, I'd better get right to work.  Time's a-wastin'!

I'll just finish by saying that Phyllis's feelings were hurt by the lack of response to her questionnaire yesterday.  If you don't want me to have to put up with a sulky groundhog whilst I cast about for picture book ideas, please soothe her ruffled fur her by commenting on her many wonderful qualities :)

Now, runners, take your marks!


  1. My Feb. is too busy to do the marathon, but I'll be cheering you on! Good luck!

  2. Yeah, well, we'll see how it goes! My Feb is pretty busy, too. But I figure any new stories are better than none :)


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