2017 Picture Book Smackdown

An Online Celebration of Picture Books


Since 2013, we have held an annual picture book smackdown in honor of National Picture Book Month. This special event brings together author and student voices to share favorite picture books with the world. No matter what our age, picture books matter in our world, and we want to use this event to show a few that are special to us.

Picture Book Smackdown Details

Thursday, Nov. 30th, 1:30-2:30pm

This is an online event.

Join us as we share as many favorite picture books as possible in 1 hour. You'll hear the voices from the following people and locations:

  • Andy Plemmons & students from David C. Barrow Elementary, Athens GA
  • Julee Murphy & students from Early Childhood Development Center, Corpus Christi, TX
  • Donna MacDonald & students from Orchard School, South Burlington, VT
  • Deborah Freedman, author/illustrator of This House Once, Shy, Story of Fish & Snail, and many more!
1:30 Welcome from Andy Plemmons

1:35Author/Illustrator Deborah Freedman shares some picture books

1:45-2:25 We'll rotate through our schools and hear 5 students from each location until we run out of time

2:25-2:30 Closing thoughts!

Watch the Smackdown Live or Archived