We all seek inspiration.


To win

To work hard

When we’re frustrated

When we have a deadline

When we’re just plain exhausted

Or when we’re ready to give up.

Some get inspiration from music

Some from family and friends

Some from a slogan

And some just have it within them.

When you’re feeling uninspired, find your source of inspiration.

Yesterday there was a great deal of discussion on Facebook about why authors do not/should not write rhyming picture books in first person. So, guilty of writing first person rhyming picture books, I was obviously discouraged by this discussion. And later, while I was sharing this story with my son, I was reminded of yet another rhyming PB I had written in first person. During our chat, I said in a pitiful voice, “Shoot, Keep Your Eye on the Ball is first person rhyming too.”

My son (12 years old)  turned to me and  said, “Mom, don’t listen to them. Anything’s possible.”

So…with no music, no slogan and just the sound of my son’s voice, I was inspired beyond compare. My young son was insightful enough to think outside the box and believed it enough to say it out loud – my wise, young son reminded me that anything’s possible. That’s the best inspiration ever.

After some research I found many successful first person rhyming books:

I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More!  by Karen Baeumont
Being Friends by Karen Beaumont
I Like Myself! by Karen Baeumont
1 Zany Zoo by Lori Degman
The Secret Science project that Almost Ate My School by Judy Sierra
Zombelina by Kristyn Crow
Bedtime at the Swamp by Kristyn Crow
The Middles Child Blues by Kristyn Crow
I’ve Got an Elephant  by Anne Ginkel
Just Another Morning by Linda Ashman
How Do You Hug a Porcupine by Laurie Isop
Snowmen All Year by Caralyn Buehner
Would I Ever Lie to You by Caralyn Buehner
Math Attack by Joan Horton
The Night before Easter by Natasha Wing
The Night Before the Tooth Fairy by Natasha Wing
The Night Before the 100th Day of School by Natasha Wing
The Night Before Thanksgiving by Natasha Wing
The Night Before The Night Before Christmas by Natasha Wing
The Night Before First Grade by Natasha Wing
The Night Before The New Baby by Natasha Wing
Me With You by Kristy Dempsey
The Things I Can Do by Jeff Mack
My School’s a Zoo by Stu Smith
If I Built a Car by Chris Van Dusen
If I Built a House by Chris Van Dusen
Crazy Hair by Neil Gaiman
Skunks by David Greenberg
Today I Feel Silly by Jamie Lee Curtis
It’s Hard to be Five by Jamie Lee Curtis
And To Think that I Saw it on Mulberry Street by Dr. Seuss
If All the Animal Came Inside by Eric Pinder
I Love My Pirate Papa
Tea with Grandpa (Roaring Brook Press, April 2014)

How is it that kids are always right?

4 thoughts on “Inspiration…

  1. That’s right, Dawn, listen to him! I mean what do we hear over and over at the writing conferences: 10 people who tell us all sorts of “writing rules, ” do this, don’t do that, and don’t even think of doing THAT. And then a successful author gets up there and tells their success story, about how they BROKE ALL THE RULES.
    So, go with your gut. You know what stories you need to tell. Don’t let someone’s “rule” stop you.

  2. What a great list of first person PBs! Thanks for compiling. I see one of our family’s favorites here, “If I Built A Car.” We read that book over and over and over and over. ..

    I’m going to take a look at these others. Right now, I’m trying to decide between first and third for a new PB I’m working on. This list will be most helpful.


    • Julianne, I think I’ve read every book on this list and although I think they are wonderful in first person, I have to tell you, I recently revised one of my rhyming books from first person to third person (not an easy ting to do) and I couldn’t be happier with it!

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