Picture Book Trends: A Curated Reading Workshop

Elizabeth Dulemba, Instructor
Tuesday, June 11 – Sunday, June 16, 2019

Are you a teacher or librarian overwhelmed by the prospect of picking out the best new picture books for your young readers? Are you a creator who needs to stay on top of today’s picture book marketplace? If so, let this expert guide you on a curated reading journey.

Over the course of five days, award-winning children’s book author and illustrator, Elizabeth Dulemba, will walk you through the picture book submissions for the annual Margaret Wise Brown Prize and other best-sellers, covering current themes and trends, and pointing out the written and visual tricks that make them popular, successful, and beloved. By the end of the week, you will have a solid grasp of the current picture book landscape to better prepare you to recommend books to others or create them yourself.

Sessions will cover:

  • Guided group readings on key elements to look for in picture books
  • Readings of current trade picture books
  • Investigation of common picture book themes
  • Identification of picture book trends occurring via words and pictures
  • Immersion into picture book design elements that sway readers
  • Resources to stay on top of the marketplace after the workshop ends

Class goals:
We will create a reading list of books for you to use in your library, classroom, or home. Individuals will keep reading journals, although, no grades will be assigned. The intensive is limited to 12 participants. Bring your favorite picture books to share.

Possible companion reading:
A History of Children’s Books in 100 Books by Roderick Cave and Sara Ayad

Photo of Elizabeth DulembaElizabeth Dulemba (aka “e”) is an author, illustrator, teacher, and speaker (TED) with over two-dozen children’s books to her credit, and a novel, A Bird on Water Street, winner of 13 literary awards including “Georgia Author of the Year.” She teaches writing, illustration, and children’s literature courses at national and international universities, was illustrator coordinator for the southern region of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, and a board member for the Georgia Center for the Book. She served on judging committees for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, the Georgia Center for the book, and the Scottish Book Trust. Elizabeth holds a B.F.A. in graphic design from the University of Georgia, and M.F.A. in illustration from the University of Edinburgh, and is a Ph.D. researcher in children’s literature at the University of Glasgow (Scotland). In the summers she is visiting associate professor at Hollins University in the M.F.A. in Children’s Book Writing & Illustrating program. Her most recent picture books (as illustrator) are written by New York Times best-selling author Jane Yolen – Crow Not Crow (2018) for Cornell Lab Publishing Group, and MerBaby’s Lullaby (2019) for Simon & Schuster. Her online newsletter, for which she interviews children’s book authors and illustrators every week, has over 3,500 subscribers. Learn more at www.dulemba.com.

Details and Fees

Workshop Fee

  • $1,200 (early bird special – $1,020 if registered by March 1, 2019)
  • A nonrefundable $100 deposit is due with registration and required to reserve your spot.
  • $500 due by April 1
  • Payment in full due by May 1

Arrive campus Tuesday, June 11. Check-in from noon-4:30 pm.
Workshop begins Wednesday, June 12.
Depart campus Sunday, June 16. Workshop ends at noon.

$165.00 – five (5) nights, single room in Tinker Dorm, one (1) linen packet (1 set of single sheets, 1 set of towels). Shared bathroom, kitchen, and social space

$76.65 – 9 meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner – Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday

More Information:

  • Recertification points may be granted. Check with your supervisor.
  • Workshop will be held on the campus of Hollins University, 7916 Williamson Road, Roanoke, VA.
  • Participants may use the children’s literature collection of periodicals, journals, and reference books. Also, view alumna Margaret Wise Brown’s extensive collection.

For more information, contact: Joanna Schroeder – jschroeder@hollins.edu – 540-362-6257

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