Why I love writing/illustrating picture books #IWSG post

It’s the first Wednesday in February, which means it’s time for the monthly Insecure Writer’s Group monthly post. It’s a blog hop, so feel free to join in–or just look around and see what other IWSGers are writing about.


Here is this month’s OPTIONAL IWSG Day Question:What do you love about the genre you write in most often?

Wow! That’s a great question–thanks for asking. I’ve been concentrating on writing and illustrating picture books. And there are so many things that I love about them. Mostly, I think, I love the opportunity to play. To play with ideas, emotions, to mix together words and images. Don’t get me wrong, it’s hard work. But if I discover that I am interested in bugs, I can write stories about bugs. They might be true stories–non-fiction, but they are more likely to be flights of fancy.

And picture books are so compact–like a poem. There are layers of meaning. I can write about a dung beetledung beetles in love 8-9

or golden orb spider, golden web 4-5for example, and learn things about how they live and what is happening to their habitats where they live. I can also bring in human longings and emotions and things that all children, all people, sometimes struggle with, like love and friendship and family–learning how to get along, how to overcome obstacles, to persist in the face of challenges or fear. A picture book can do all of this and still be funny–or delightful or sad or magical. It can be so many things.

When I said good-bye to the children in my class in December, I told them that Rosie (who had disappeared from our classroom a few days before)

Greetings from the land of crystal caves
Rosie with her dear friend, Wee Willie Winkie

had to go back to the land of crystal caves, where she was from, because the light was fading away. It was fading because the earth children were forgetting about the magic. And Rosie wanted me to come to the Land of Crystal Caves to bring stories back for the children so they could remember the wonder.

In this age where childhood is under attack on so many fronts–where more and faster are valued above so much else–picture books are one way to re-create a world of wonder.

So that’s it in a nutshell–hmmm, I wonder what it would be like to live in a nutshell?…..

Anyhow, thanks for stopping by.


I am a writer, handworker, artist and teacher (a WHAT!), and a mom of two beautiful daughters who are amazingly 17 and 21. I am working on getting my first book, a fantasy novel for young people, published and am busy spinning on my new spinning wheel. I have been a Waldorf early childhood teacher for 10 years now, and before that, I was a lawyer. Teaching is much more fun.

6 thoughts on “Why I love writing/illustrating picture books #IWSG post

  1. Hi Susan, I love art and thought I would make a living off some form of it. Didn’t turn out that way though. Best wishes to you!

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