PiBolDMo Month! What’s that??

I just ran across this and wanted to share it with you guys! Today is the last day to register so if this seems like something you’d be interested in, hop on board and follow the link!


***Registration remains OPEN through November 7th. Click here.***

What is PiBoIdMo? Why, it’s Picture Book Idea Month!

Tired of novelists having all the fun in November with NaNoWriMo, I created PiBoIdMo as a 30-day challenge for picture book writers.

The concept is to create 30 picture book ideas in 30 days. You don’t have to write a manuscript (but you can if the mood strikes). You don’t need potential best-seller ideas.

You might think of a clever title. Or a name for a character. Or just a silly thing like “purple polka-dot pony.” The object is to heighten your picture-book-idea-generating senses. Ideas may build upon other ideas and your list of potential stories will grow stronger as the days pass.

Daily blog posts by picture book authors, illustrators, editors and other kidlit professionals will help inspire you. By the end of the month, you’ll have a fat file of ideas to spark new stories.

PiBoIdMo was first held in 2008 by a party of one—me! Then I hosted it on my blog for the first time in 2009. Each year the number of participants has doubled. In 2011 we had over 600 writers following PiBoIdMo. And now 2012 promises to be bigger and better!

Registration remains OPEN through November 7th. Then in early December you will be asked to take the PiBoIdMo Pledge stating you have completed the challenge with at least 30 ideas.

Writers who register and pledge will be eligible for prizes:

  • Feedback from literary agents
  • Original sketches by picture book illustrators
  • Picture book critiques from published authors
  • Signed picture books
  • Jewelry
  • Other Cool Stuff


  1. Kathryn Lay

    Loved doing this last year!

  2. Juliet Clare Bell

    It’s my third year doing it and it’s great. I’ve just written a blog about it and 12 x 12 in 12 which you also might be interested in. Here’s the blog post in case it’s of interest:

    Happy idea-generating!
    All the best,


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