This crash course will talk about developing picture books, from idea creation through the writing and editing process. Specific topics will include:

  • age breakdowns, 0-4 and 5-8+
  • fiction vs. nonfiction
  • brainstorming topics
  • creating memorable characters
  • telling your story
  • developmental stages
  • whether or not to write in rhyme
  • finding a publisher for your work


About John Micklos

John Micklos, Jr.

John Micklos, Jr.

Workshop leader John Micklos, Jr. has written more than 40 books for readers from preschool through high school age. Titles include picture books, poetry books, and more than 30 nonfiction books covering a wide range of topics. His latest picture book, One Leaf, Two Leaves, Count with Me, published in fall 2017 by Penguin, has been chosen as a 2018 selection in Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library program. Learn more about John’s work at or (his self-publishing imprint).









Kirkwood Library
6000 Kirkwood Highway
Wilmington. Delaware

Due to library restrictions, attendees must be 18 or older, or accompanied by an adult.


Written by Tery Griffin