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Opening Lines in Picture Books
Henny by Elizabeth Rose Stanton
Henny was not a typical chicken. Henny was born with arms.
Crankenstein by Samantha Berger
Have you seen Crankenstein? Oh, you would totally know if you had.
You would say, Good Morning!!! How are you?
Crankenstein would say, MEHHRRRR!
Sophie's Squash by Pat Zietlow
One bright fall day, Sophie chose a squash at the farmer's market.
Her parents planned to serve it for supper, but Sophie had other ideas.
Maple by Lori Nichols
Maple loved her name.
When she was still a whisper, her parents planted a tiny tree in her honor!
And even though Flavia, Millie Jane, Lena, Lily, and Constance were all good names...
Maple was the perfect fit.
The Good-Pie Party by Liz Garton Scanlon
Posy Peyton doesn't want to move.
She doesn't want to pack her books or take down her bird feeder or undecorate her secret clubhouse. And she really doesn't want to say good-bye.
How To Clean Your Room in 10 Easy Steps by Jennifer LaRue Huget
Welcome to my room. You will notice that it is very clean. I'm going to show you how you can clean yours, too. The first thing we need is a messy room. The messier, the better.
Love Monster by Rachel Bright
This is a monster. (Hello, Monster.) I think you'll agree he's a little bit funny-looking. To say the least. He lives in a world of cute, fluffy things.
Which makes being funny-looking...
pretty, darn hard.
Hooway for Wodney Wat by Helen Lester
Poor Wodney. Wodney Wat. His real name was Rodney Rat. But he couldn’t pronounce his Rs. To make matters worse, he was a rodent. A wodent.
Tacky the Penguin by Helen Lester
There once was a penguin. His home was a nice icy land he shared with his companions. His companions were named Goodly, Lovely, Neatly, Angel, and Perfect. His name was Tacky. Tacky was an odd bird.
Princess in Training by Tammi Sauer
Viola Louise Hassenfeffer was not an ordinary princess. She spent her time karate chopping, diving into the moat, and skateboarding up and down the drawbridge. Zip Zup Zoom.
Nugget and Fang by Tammi Sauer
In the deep, deep ocean lived two best friends. Nugget and Fang. They did everything together. They swam over. Glug. They swam under. Glug. Glug. They swam all around. (Glug Glug Glug) until it was time for Nugget to go to school.
Not Your Typical Dragon by Dan Bar-el
Crispin Blaze was born into a proud family of fire breathing dragons. “Every Blaze breaths fire,” explained his father. “I breathe fire. Your mother breathes fire. Tomorrow, when you turn seven, you will breathe fire too.”
Unlovable by Dan Yaccarino
Alfred was unlovable. At least that’s what the cat told him every chance he got. “You’ve got the ugliest mug I’ve ever seen. No one could love you.”
Say Hello to Zorro by Carter Goodrich
Mister Bud had it pretty good. Everything was just right. He had his own house. His own bed. His own toys. His own dish. But most of all… He had his own schedule. And everybody stuck to the schedule.
Stand Tall Molly Lou Melon by Patty Lovell
Molly Lou Melon stood taller than her dog and was the shortest girl in the first grade. She didn’t mind. Her grandma had told her, “Walk as proudly as you can and the world will look up to you.”
Chicken Big by Keith Graves
On a teeny little farm, in an itty-bitty coop, a very small hen laid a big, humongous egg. (Bok!)
The egg began to shake. The egg began to quake. Out popped a big, humongous chick.
“What is it?” crowed the rooster.
“It’s big!” clucked the small chicken.
“It’s enormous!” clucked the smaller chicken.
“It’s an elephant!” peeped the smallest chicken. (She was not the sharpest beak in the flock.)
“He’s too big to stay in our itty-bitty coop,” crowed the little rooster.
“Much, much too big,” clucked the small chicken.
“He’ll break the floor!” clucked the smaller chicken.
“Indoor elephants are dangerous!” squawked the smallest chicken.
“I don’t feel like an elephant,” thought the big chick.
Sign: No Elephants Allowed!
“I wish I were a chicken.”
It's a tough decision to make, especially when everything moves so slow in this industry.
However, if you decide to sub yourself, I've put together a list of publishers still accepting unsolicited manuscripts. (If you find an error or know of another house, please comment below.) Before submitting to any of them, always do your own research and double check their submission guidelines as everything is always changing.
Dial Books for Young Readers http://www.us.penguingroup.com/static/pages/publishers/yr/dial.html
Dutton Children’s Books http://www.us.penguingroup.com/static/pages/aboutus/pyrg-subguides.html
Eerdmans Books for Young Readers http://www.eerdmans.com/Pages/YoungReaders/EBYR-Guidelines.aspx
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Children's Author
Lee and Low
*Website doesn’t say they accept unsolicited. But 2014 Children’s Writers and Illustrators Market says they publish 50% from unagented writers. How to contact: Margaret K. Mcelderry Books, Imprint of Simon and Schuster Children’s Publishing Division, Simon & Schuster, 1230 Sixth Ave., New York, NY 10020. (Justin Chanda, vice president, Karen Wojtyla, editorial director, Gretchen Hirsh, associate editor, Ann Bobco, excutive art director.
Peachtree Childrens Books
Price Stern Sloan
Walker and Co.
*Website says Bloomsbury doesn’t accept unsolicited. However the 2014 Children’s Writers and Illustrators Market lists Walker & Co. does accept unsolicited. Send SASE and complete picture book manuscript to 175 Fifth Ave. 7th Floor, New York, NY 10010. (Contact either Emily Easton or Mary Kate Castellani, editor)
Albert Whitman and Co.
*Website says they weren’t accepting unsolicited until Jan. 2014. So they should be now.
We are so excited to be mixing things up at CBA, beginning with some delicious additions to the Blogfish. Meet our awesome bloggers!!
Here's our lineup:
1st Mondays begin with awesome multi-published former student Shirin Shamsi who will be focusing on Muslim and cultural kidlit.
2nd Mondays will feature super smart Melissa Stoller whose career is taking off with several new books.
3rd Mondays will feature Bryan Patrick Avery, published writer, man of mystery, and professional magician among other things.
4th Mondays will feature STEM, STEAM & SEL obsessed author Kourtney LaFavre sharing delightfully dorky, quirky, and fun info.
And 5th Mondays we'll be taking a break