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Submission Guidelines:

Picture books are storybooks where the text is embedded in illustrations on each page. The non-fiction category is for books that teach with pictures and text. 

Acceptable illustrations are pencil, colored pencil, pen, crayon, marker, paint, collage, photographs or computer generated illustrations. If photographs or computer illustrations are used, they must be integrated into the pages of the book. That is, the illustrations and text must appear together on the page, as in a published work. Picture books must be at least five pages long. While there is no word count limitation and no maximum page length, keep in mind that picture books are generally under 32 pages and contain fewer than 1500 words. Text can be typed or printed clearly.

We accept collaborations between authors and illustrators, but you much enter the age category appropriate for the oldest contributor.

Teaching this Genre:

A great way to start making a non-fiction picture book, after deciding on a topic, is to make a list of the facts or ideas you want to teach your reader, and assign one to each page. You might be explaining a process, like a "how to" manual, with one step on each page. You might provide a fact on each page, or a different example of a category on which you are trying to educate your reader. For example, you could write a book about Egyptian leaders, with a page for each person. You could write a book explaining how to build a playhouse. Writing a teaching book about a topic that you've learned about yourself is a great way to solidify your knowledge and share what you've learned with others.

Here is a pdf list of nonfiction picture books, and here is a list of some favorites of ours:

Guess What's Inside This Egg by Mia Posada
A Seed is Sleepy by Diana Hutts Aston
Dear Deer: A Book of Homophones by Gene Barretta
Starry Messenger by Peter Sis
Train of States by Peter Sis
What's it Like to Be a Fish by Wendy Pfeffer
Chickens Aren't the Only Ones by Ruth Heller

2008 Finalists:

Kindergarten-2nd Grade:

Pixie Jane R., "How to Draw Pets"

3rd-6th Grade:

Ariana L., "My Trip To Cambodia"


Allison D., "Elizabeth and Stella"
Diane H., "Use Me, Said the Tree"
Heather T., "Digging a Hole to China"