I know you’ll probably say, “Tara, you had me at Peter Brown…”, but you will no doubt flip at the entire spectacular line-up of authors, illustrators, editors and other kidlit professionals I’ve secured for this November’s Picture Book Idea Month, affectionately known as PiBoIdMo ’round these parts.

PiBoIdMo challenges picture book writers to create 30 new story ideas in 30 days. Read the full scoop here.

Plus, we have an adorable mascot this year: Doodle! She’s the doggie pal of artist-couple Peter Harren and Kayla Skogh (who are equally adorable), and she’ll be making several cameos throughout the month of November!


PiBoIdMo will kick-off on October 24th with registration plus a guest post from


That’s right! One lucky former PiBoIdMo participant will win a guest blogging spot to write about how past events have inspired you, what you’ve done to gear up for the event, and how you sort through that fat file of ideas to pick ones to pursue.

To be eligible:

  • Blog about PiBoIdMo and what it means to you.
  • Link back to this blog post.
  • Leave a comment on this blog post telling me you’ve done so.
  • Complete all of the above by October 15th.

I will read all your entries and pick the blogger who most exemplifies the spirit of this annual event.

And now, without further ado, here are your PiBoIdMo guest bloggers!

Peter Brown
James Burks
Priscilla Burris
Dianne de Las Casas
Kelly DiPucchio

Amy Dixon
Kate Dopirak
Ame Dyckman
Donna W. Earhardt
Marcus Ewert
Deborah Freedman
Tiffany Strelitz Haber
Peter Harren
Charise Mericle Harper
Julie Hedlund
Leeza Hernandez

Carter Higgins
Ward Jenkins
Mike Jung
Ella Kennen
Diane Kredensor
Emma Ledbetter, Assistant Editor, Atheneum
Kelly Light
Deb Lund
Tracy Marchini
Wendy Martin
Diana Murray
Laura Murray
Debbie Ohi
Carol Rasco, CEO of RIF
Aaron Reynolds
Laura Sassi
Liz Garton Scanlon
Corey Rosen Schwartz
Kayla Skogh
Tammi Sauer
Mr. Schu, School Librarian & Kidlit Book Blogger
Melissa Sweet

Will Terry
Audrey Vernick
Robert Weinstock
Tamson Weston, Editor & Consultant
Timothy Young

And while you’re waiting for registration to begin on October 24th, why not join our PiBoIdMo Facebook group? Connect with other participants and picture book professionals, chat about the event and other writerly topics.

Stay tuned for more PiBoIdMo announcements in the coming days!