Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Picture Books with Randi Sonenshine and Dori Kleber

Date(s) - 09/16/2017
8:30 am - 12:30 pm

Doc Lebow Center
1415 Old Canton Road - Marietta, Georgia 30062

Doc Lebow Center
Temple Kol Emeth
1415 Old Canton Rd.
Marietta, GA 30062


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SESSION 1: Not Just for Circle Time: Enriching Your Picture Book With Content Teachers Need (Randi Sonenshine)

Picture books provide the perfect bite-sized segue into core disciplinary concepts and complex literacy skills that span content areas and grade levels. But how can writers navigate the tangled maze of standards that leave many experienced educators shaking their heads? And which standards are the most important, anyway? In this session, participants will learn the answers to both questions, plus other practical tips for writing picture books that teachers will turn to again and again! This session includes a handout with practical tips and resources.

BREAK (15 minutes)

SESSION 2: Narrative Picture Books: The Hero's Journey in Thirty-Two Pages (Dori Kleber)

"The Hero's Journey," as outlined by comparative mythologist Joseph Campbell, is hailed as the classic story structure for cultural myths and epic tales. It's also an invaluable tool for writing narrative picture books. Participants will examine mentor texts to identify the hero's journey in the plot, then learn how to turn a main character into a true hero, to create a story that satisfies the reader's soul.

SESSION 3: First Page Critiques

Participants may submit one page of a picture book manuscript. Randi and Dori will discuss strengths and opportunities for improvement in randomly selected submissions.


Speaker Profiles


Dori Kleber writes picture books and middle-grade novels. Her debut picture book, More-igami, published by Candlewick Press in 2016, is a Junior Library Guild selection, a 2016 Kirkus Prize nominee, and an honoree on several "Best Books of 2016" lists. It also was a named to the National Education Association's Read Across America recommended books list for 2016-2017.

Dori has a 25-year history as a working writer, with experience in journalism and business communication.









Randi Sonenshine is a writer of poetry, picture books, middle grades, and YA. She is a middle school literacy and instructional coach, a former high school and middle school English teacher and college reading instructor.

This event is fully booked.