Get ready, get set for 2016’s NAPIBOWRIWEE!

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Our official NAPIBOWRIWEE notebook!

Can you believe it’s only a few days until the start of our eighth annual NAPIBOWRIWEE (National Picture Book Writing Week)?! Are you ready? Are you nervous? Excited? All of the above? Good! I promise, we will have a blast. πŸ™‚

Just a quick pre-NAPIBOWRIWEE blog to remind everyone about what’s happening this year…


From Midnight May 1st (your time zone) to 11:59 PM May 7th (your time zone), you must tryΒ to write 7 picture books in 7 days. We go by the Honor Code, so you do NOT need to send me any “proof.” Please participate daily by posting a comment in my blogs. I will keep track of everyone’s names and put them all in a hat for a fun contest prize random drawing on May 8th. You are allowed to BRAINSTORM IDEAS, RESEARCH and even OUTLINE before May 1st. But absolute NO MANUSCRIPT WRITING until the big day! πŸ™‚

For more details on this entire event, please visit the ABOUT section of my website here:Β


I will post a daily blog every single day at 9:00 AM (EST)/6:00 AM (PST) from May 1-8. This blog will include live thoughts and updates from yours truly, along with a guest (or two!)Β Q&A to help inspire everyone. Our guests include picture book authors, illustrators, book editors and book agents!

The scheduled Guest Q&A blogs are listed below. Each author has graciously offered an autographed book as one of our prizes. Thank you Glenda, Gwendolyn, Sylvia, Jill and Penny! We also have an autographed print from Shirley and a free writing class in July from Jodell! Thank you!

May 1 – My Welcome introductory blog plus a Q&A with Lee & Low Books editor JESSICA ECHEVERRIA

May 2 – Q&A with picture book author GLENDA ARMAND

May 3 – Q&A with picture book author GWENDOLYN HOOKS

May 4 – Q&A with picture book author/artist SYLVIA LIU


May 6 – Q&A with picture book authors JILL ESBAUM and PENNY PARKER KLOSTERMANN

May 7 – Wrap-up blog and more prize announcements, including a FREE writing class starting July 11, 2016 withΒ JODELL SADLER, founding agent of Sadler Children’s Literary, owner of KidLit College and Pacing Picture Books to WOW, and a beautiful original print from children’s book illustrator SHIRLEY NG-BENITEZ!

(Special note: If you would like to be considered for Jodell’s class and you are available for its start date of July 11th, please mention this in the comments. I will be doing a separate drawing for her class.)

May 8 – 2016 NAPIBOWRIWEE CONTEST WINNERS REVEALED! I will draw names from a hat at random for autographed books from our guest authors, original print from one of our illustrators, and a free writing class from Jodell Sadler, and of course my own autographed books and prizes from our NAPIBOWRIWEE SOUVENIR STORE!


So that’s it! See, that was easy, wasn’t it? Don’t you feel more relaxed? πŸ™‚

Feel free to stop by our NAPIBOWRIWEE SOUVENIR STORE if you want a notebook, button, mousepad, coffee mug, travel mug, tote bag or T-shirt to get you in the mood! πŸ™‚Β

Remember to follow me on Twitter @paulayoo and join our FACEBOOK group! I will tweet daily and do my best to reply to everyone’s comments every day on my blogs. Please note – if I don’t reply to your comment, rest assured, I read it and am probably just swamped with my own writing! But I read everything and love everyone’s participation. Thanks again for joining me on this fun adventure!

If you would like to find out more about my books, please visit my other website here:Β

Until May 1st, I hope everyone has a restful few days. You’re gonna need it because we will be working hard for the next seven days! πŸ™‚ As always, remember… HAPPY WRITING! WRITE LIKE YOU MEAN IT! πŸ™‚


  1. Thanks so much for the inspiration to write lots, Paula! Is there any way we can sign up to receive the blog posts at our inbox? If not, no worries. I can just rely on the FB group notices, too. Just wanted to check. Thanks again!

    • Hi Carrie. No, my website is pretty basic. All the blogs, however, will be posted daily May 1-7 at 6 AM EST if that helps. πŸ™‚ I will also tweet them, too. Contest results announced 6 AM EST May 8th. πŸ™‚

  2. Thank you for the join. I would like to be considered for Jodell’s class. Looking forward to being busy. This is my first year!

  3. Hi Paula – I am so excited to join in the fun for the first time (after just completing ReFoReMo and RhyPiBoMo!)!!

    Please include me in the drawing for Jodell’s July class.

    Thanks so much!

  4. I’m SUPER excited to be a part this year and so glad Shirley told me about this. It’s a great nudge to start writing my books that have been sitting on the sideline this past year. Thank you! πŸ™‚

  5. Hi Paula I am very excited for my first NaPiBoWriWee! I am getting my ideas ready. I wold love to enter the Jodell Saddler writing class.

  6. This is always such an inspiring challenge for me. Thanks for all your hard work, Paula.

    I’d love to be included in the drawing for Jodell’s class.

    And now…back to fleshing out my ideas. I still have a lot of prep work to do, but that’s why I love this challenge so much. Deadlines are a huge motivator! Plus, I love the supportive community and all your awesome blog posts.

  7. Wow! This is an exciting time. I hope to complete the thus challenge. I want to be included o. Jodell’s class too.

  8. I’m also excited about my first NaPiBoWriWee (and have to practice typing that faster!). Please count me in the draw for Jodell’s class.

    • Hi David, thanks for both your kind comments! And yes you are now included in the class drawing. πŸ™‚

  9. Can’t wait to get started! Thanks for hosting this fabulous annual event. Please enter me in Jodell’s class drawing. Thank you.

  10. I’m a little scared, but am going to give it a go! Thanks for the opportunity. I would love to be entered in the drawing for Jodell Sadler’s class, too.

  11. I’m a newcomer and would love to give this a try! I would love to be signed up for the class drawing as well

  12. My first NaPiBoWriWee! I am so excited and so in need of Jodell’s class! Fingers crossed πŸ™‚

  13. My first NaPiBoWriWee, this is going to be awesome. I look forward to hearing from your amazing line up. Also I would love to be considered for Jodell’s class. Thanks.

  14. Fun challenge. Sign me up! I would also like to be in the running for the writing class, please.

  15. Hi everyone! Thanks again for all your comments. Please note – I can’t reply to every single comment because of my own job deadlines and running this event AND trying to do my own 7 books. LOL! πŸ™‚ But I do read all comments and I’m keeping tabs on everyone who says they are available for the 7-11-16 Jodell Sadler class drawing, so don’t worry if I haven’t confirmed via comment. Day 1 blog just posted here: NEW BLOGS POST EVERY DAY AT 9 AM EST/6 AM PST! Happy Writing! xo P.

  16. Finished one story today. Re-reading and editing, then to come up with a new idea for tomorrow. So much fun doing this as a group. Thanks so much Paula. You rock πŸ™‚

  17. I just found out about this 7 day venture and I’m excited about brainstorming and creating this week! Please include me in the drawing for Jodell’s class. Thanks so much!

  18. I’m back for another challenging week. Thanks for doing this Paula. I almost didn’t join, but I figure if Paula can find the time to do this, gosh darn, I can do it too.

  19. Back for my sophomore year. Thank you for setting this up it gives me a chance to build a solid repertoire for an agent (if I’m lucky)
    Anyway, day 1: a story about a child helping pack for and enjoying the drive-in movies.
    Not much of a theme person but perhaps I’ll try children helping adults.

  20. Day 1, check. Done but terrible PB manuscript! Now for Day 2. πŸ™‚ I am also interested in the writing class beginning on July 11. Thanks!

  21. Hi! Quick comment as of 5/2/16 – I’ve added everyone’s name to our general prize drawing and all of you who specifically said you wanted to also be added to the class drawing, you are set, too! Thanks again for all your comments, I am so happy everyone is having fun and working hard! xo P.