Picture Book Pass it On!

The month of November is Picture Book Month and Michelle R. Eastman, children’s book author of “The Legend of Dust Bunnies, a Fairy’s Tale”, has started an initiative called Picture Book Pass it On (#PBPiO). Here is a link to the Facebook page → Picture Book Pass it On. The purpose is to celebrate the power of the picture book.  For more information about Picture Book Month, here is a link to their website for more information → Picture Book Month.

Picture Book Month Ambassador

Picture Book Month Ambassador

I was tagged by the wonderful and creative Sylva Fae. If you have not visited her delightful family friendly Blog yet, I invite you to do so at → Sylvanian Ramblings Blog.

To participate in “Picture Book Pass it On”, there are three steps–

1- Post a “shout-out” to celebrate your favorite picture book. It can be anything from posting a selfie of you and your favorite picture book, to tweeting a line from one of your favorite characters or scenes, or post a picture or video of you reading a favorite picture book with a child, pet, or loved one. Or blog about a favorite picture book memory from your childhood.

2- Pledge to donate a copy of your favorite picture book to a local children’s charity or cause (doctor waiting rooms, battered women’s or homeless shelter, prison waiting room where children wait to visit an incarcerated parent, a struggling school, etc.)

3- Pass it on. Help spread the word about Picture Book Pass it On (#PBPiO) by encouraging others to accept the three calls to action to keep the movement going year ‘round.

The Little Blue Engine, from "The Little Blue Engine That Could"

The Little Blue Engine, from “The Little Blue Engine That Could”

I am very happy to participate in this activity, so here we go.

1- Because it had such a great impact on my early life and beyond, my favorite picture book of all time is “The Little Engine That Could” by Watty Piper. Challenged with physical disabilities very early in life at age two, this book’s positive messages of determination, optimism and hard work in overcoming challenges and obstacles still influence my life and work today. I do not remember how early in life my Mother began reading it to me not only for the story message, but also using it to teach me to read very early. It helped foster a life long inner determination and attitude of “I Can. And I Will.” Along with a life long love of reading, books and everything trains!

2- I have a collection of Little Golden Books from days past with my own children, and will be donating those along with copies of “The Little Engine That Could” to a local preschool in need of a boost.

3- I strongly encourage anyone reading this to take up the challenge, and keep moving this wonderful effort forward.

Thanks again to Sylva Fae for asking me to participate in this wonderful activity, and for rekindling some very fond memories. Happy Picture Book Month!  Pass it on!

"I think I can.  I thought I could.  And I did!"

“I think I can. I thought I could. And I did!”

2 thoughts on “Picture Book Pass it On!

  1. Hello James. Thank you so much for taking part in the PBPiO initiative. It warms my heart to know kids in need will receive books, and I love hearing people’s “shout-outs” about their own fond picture book memories. I’m so happy to connect with you, and I wish you joy in all of your endeavors!

    Michelle Eastman


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