Hooray! On the last day of 2007, I reached my goal of reading 1000 picture books in 100 days. It was one of the best things I’ve ever done for my writing. I have a new understanding of picture books that I’m already putting to good use and much fun.
I kept track of all the books on LibraryThing. You can sort the entries by any category, author, ratings, or, most handy of all, publisher. I’m excited about using it to see what publishing houses are publishing what sort of books. I hope you find the list useful as well.
To celebrate in the right way, I finished the Great Picture Book Read of ’07 by reading 2 of my favorite classics to the people who read me my first picture books. My parents.
Here I am reading my final books, Goodnight Moon and The Very Hungry Caterpillar, to my rapt audience.
Many thanks to Linda Sue Park, who suggested at this summer’s SCBWI conference that reading this many picture books was essential to writing one yourself. She is a great writer and one smart woman. Happy New Year, Everyone!