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Creating Picture Books that POP! with JaNay Brown-Wood

Date(s) - 11/13/2021
11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Image of author with 2 of her book covers. Creating Picture Books that POP!



Have you ever wondered how to make your picture book text really pop off the page? Picking the perfect combination of words can make children’s books really sing when they are read to eager listeners. Join JaNay Brown-Wood, PhD, Author & Educator, as we talk about sound production, poetic techniques, intentionality of word selection, and other considerations for creating text that is fun to read out loud. 



A young girl searches for pumpkins on her farm in this joyful celebration of cool-weather fruits and vegetables. 

Amara is hosting a potluck for friends on her farm, and her snacks won’t be complete without pumpkins. She’s searched and searched, but she’s grown so many plants that she needs help finding them. What do we know about pumpkins? They’re large, round, and orange—and, wait a minute, is that a pumpkin? No, that’s an apple. Where, oh, where could those pumpkins be?


An unforgettable story about the power of believing in ourselves that is sure to inspire young readers to reach for the moon.

Little Imani is the smallest one in her village. The other children make fun of her and tell her she’s too tiny, that she’s an ant, that a meerkat might stomp her, and that she’ll never amount to anything. Imani begins to believe them. At bedtime, Imani’s mama tells her traditional Maasai stories about the moon goddess Olapa and Anansi the spider. They accomplished the impossible. Imani’s mama tells her that she is the one who needs to believe if she wants to reach new heights. So Imani sets out to touch the moon.


Celebrate the silliness that comes with a big family in this playful read aloud about a big brother, a sleeping baby, and a very noisy family. 

Baby is finally asleep. But everyone is much too loud! Can Mom, Daddy, Grammy, Pop Pop, Shae, Dante, Rover the dog, and even the neighbor keep quiet?  Just when they think they can rest—oh no. The baby’s awake. One savvy little narrator knows just the way to make his baby sister fall back asleep: by reading her a good book!



INW residents can find JaNay’s books at WISHING TREE BOOKSTORE


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JaNay Brown-Wood, PhD, is an award-winning children’s author, poet, educator, and scholar. Her first children’s book Imani’s Moon won the NAESP Children’s Book of the Year Award. Her second book Grandma’s Tiny House: A Counting Story!  won the CELI Read Aloud Book Award, and her third book SHHH! The Baby’s Asleep received a starred review from School Library Journal. Amara’s Farm is her fourth book and is part of her Where in the Garden series with three more titles coming soon! JaNay has also published poems in Highlights for Kids, Highlights High Five, and the poetry anthology Thanku: Poems of Gratitude.  JaNay lives in California with her husband Catrayel, her daughter Vivian, and their two turtles. She enjoys writing for kids, spending time with her family, and spreading the word about the importance of diversity in children’s literature. Learn more about her on her website  




This virtual event is hosted by SCBWI Inland Northwest in partnership with Wishing Tree Bookstore in Spokane, WA.
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The final day to register is Thursday, November 11.
Your Zoom Meeting link will be emailed to you on Friday, November 12.
If you have not received a link by 12:00 Noon Pacific Time on November 12, please send an email to inlandnw @ (no spaces). If we do not receive your email on Friday, we may not see it in time to resend your link before Saturday’s live event.
The live event begins at 11:00 AM Pacific Time.
A recording will be sent to all registered participants on November 14 and will be viewable through December 14.
You do not need to be a member of SCBWI to participate, but you do need to register.