Friday, July 15, 2016

Picture Book Party 2016 Selections

Here we go. Sharon and I tried to give this much thought and pick a good variety of entries. We kept an eye out for diversity, but also for unique concepts or interesting methods. We found entries that made us laugh and those that made us cry.

Before the reveal, I just want to remind everyone that contests are for fun and meeting other writers, building contacts. In no way are they a reflection on a story. Maybe people have entered contests and gotten no love, only to get an agent from the query slush--like me. For one thing, we are limited to the number of picks we can showcase, while an agent is not. So keep querying, keep writing those adorable picture and chapter books.

I know the disappointment. Use it to keep going.

Now for the surprise! We've added five extra picks to the numbers. Instead of 20, we have 25 spots! 

So here are the picks, in no particular order, that will be in the agent round on July 20th.

Karina the Dancer
Three Pickles Downtown
Mary Anning and the Colossal Fossil
My World
Standing Up While Sitting Down
Ants in Space
Don't Fret, Fred
Knights of the Neighborhood
The Uncool Friendship of Pablo and the Knitting Club
Hippo Wants a Brand New Butt
Little Miss Thunder Foot
How Can I Get A Bed For Bear
Billy Lends A Hand
Jerrie Mock, Queen of the Ocean Skies
My Dragonfly Grandma
Mess Monster
A Thousand Slimy Things and I
Mustache Zoo
How to Put Your Dragon to Bed
Being Bailey Rae
Abu and Nana
Dear Squirt
Mina and the Monsoons
The Rooster with Chickenpox
The Kingdom of Conundrum

Congrats to the winners! Hugs to those who will be watching! See you next week for the agent round.


  1. What a list of FANTASTIC titles! I can't wait to read the queries and first 50 words! Thanks so much to you and Sharon for all your hard work!

    1. And I am beyond thrilled that Jerrie Mock has been selected!

  2. I'm beyond excited and honored that Abu & Nana has been selected. Thank you & Sharon for the opportunity. Happy Friday to you both.

  3. Yay! Thanks so much for doing this, and thanks also for picking my Don't Fret, Fred. Enjoy the weekend!

  4. Congrats to all 25 writers. Wondering how the agent round works. A critique partner got in. Thanks Michelle and Sharon. I am having fun with the daily # posts.

  5. Wow! I read this 3 times before realizing I'd made it. Thank you so much! I'm just tickled.

  6. Still dancing over here! Onward ho, Knights of the Neighborhood. Congrats to all!

  7. Thank you, Michelle and Sharon,for this great opportunity! This is my first time at the PB Party table, and I'm really enjoying it. Having REAL cake tonight to celebrate.

  8. Congratulations to those who are going forward. I've read a few of these and they're great!

  9. Thank you, Michelle and Sharon for all that you do to help promote writers and their picture books. And thank you for selecting Mary Anning & the Colossal Fossil.😊

  10. Go Michelle and Jefna!!! And everyone else. Congrats!

  11. Thank you Michelle and Sharon! I'm honored to be included.

  12. I'm sad for me, but happy for everyone else! Can't wait to hear more on the lucky writers!

  13. Happy for all the writers who were a part of this party. Thank you Michelle and Sharon! I will be cheering on the winners in the agent round!

  14. Congratulations to everyone who made it! And thank you, Michelle and Sharon, for selecting How Can I Get A Bed For Bear for the agent round. I'm so excited my hands are shaking and I can hardly type! (Or maybe it's the lack of coffee, since it is just now my morning.)

  15. Got a call from a critique partner that my story made it! I read the list twice before actually seeing my story. Good thing I have friends. I'm over the moon. Do I need to know what to do next . . .? Or do I just wait .. . Thanks for the work you do.

    1. You just wait. I format your entry into a blog post for the agents to see on Wednesday. Unless you get an offer from an agent before then. Then please let me know.

  16. Great job everyone! Thank you Michelle and Sharon. Looking forward to participating in future contests.

  17. Thank you, Michelle and Sharon so much for selecting a Thousand Slimy Things and I!!! Thrilled and honoured. Congratulations to everyone on the list!