Posted by: Kathy Temean | March 4, 2020

Picture to Picture Book Story Idea


Hi Tia, I love your art for its movement, and joy and color palette. The only thing I might suggest is to change the angle of the bunny’s head so we see at least one eye connecting us a little more with your character.

When I saw this I instantly went to gardening, which also has STEM connections. As always, take what you like and leave the rest.

I have very little to say about it except to wonder if you could change the angle Bunny’s Great Gardening Adventure or Bunny Builds a Garden

When Bunny went behind the big red house to gather his usual vegetables, he found the garden all fenced in.

And try as he might, Bunny could not get in to grab those delicious goodies. Bunny was so hungry. He had to go ask his friends for food.

That’s when Bunny hatched a plan. He was going to build his own garden and grow his own food.

Bunny had watched the children in the big red house plant their seeds first. So he knew he had to start with some seeds. Off Bunny went to visit his old friend Farmer Goat and get some seeds. Goat also gave him something extra special to help the seeds grow called fertilizer (or goat poop).

Next Bunny had to figure out where to plant his garden.

Bunny hopped down the street to the water fountain. Bunny knew that seeds need water to grow. But too many people and animals kept going by and Bunny felt it wasn’t safe.

Next Bunny went to the back of the shop near the creek. But when bunny started digging in the ground there were too many rocks to plant his garden.

Bunny was discouraged.

Finally, Bunny went to a field with a pond. He started digging. There were no other people around or other animals, the ground was nice and soft, so bunny mixed in some off goats special gift into the soil. Then he planted the seeds, watered them and did a little dance.

Every day Bunny returned to his garden to water his seeds. Sometimes it felt like it was taking forever for them to grow but in time the little seeds turned into shoots with leaves growing above ground and wonderful food growing below.

Then you go through all the things that Bunny goes through in growing his garden before the big climax when Bunny is ready to harvest the vegetables from his garden.

Bunny was so excited he grabbed some carrots and parsnips and jumped high high, high, into the air.


Bunny was so happy with all the wonderful vegetables he’d grown. He invited all his animal friends for a feast.

But then the day came, when Bunny’s plants went to seed. (Explain what going to seed means)

He gathered the seeds up and gave them to his friends to grow their own gardens. Farmer Goat came along to give gardening tips as well as his own special gift. Now that Bunny had his own garden, he never had to go hungry again. The next year Bunny had a great potluck where all the animals did a happy dance.

Another way you could go with this story is to a counting book where he counts the number of carrots and parsnips he grows celebrating each one with something special like a dance, a song, a poem etc. until he has 12 or 20 at which point he invites all of his friends for a wonderful feast.


I really hope you like these ideas. Take what you like and leave the rest. I had lots of fun with them. I’d love to help you be a successful author/illustrator. If you’re up for it, please join awesome kidlit agent Allison Remcheck and me in our upcoming Craft and Business of Writing Children’s Picture Books course right here

The first live training starts April 6th and besides learning lots, making a wonderful story, and having tons of fun, you’ll be able to get your work in front of at least 10 fantastic acquiring editors and agents. Our students have published over 375 books so far and won every major North American award. Wahoo!!! We’d love you to be one of them.


Tia was the girl who drew all over her class notes —

and now she’s an illustrator who gets inspiration from great stories of all kinds, especially those with fantasy and magic — including the magic we

see in our every day world.

Her illustrations have appeared in Cricket magazine, and in projects for Reach Out and Read. She is a member of SCBWI.

About Dr. Mira Reisberg:

Dr. Mira Reisberg has a PhD in Education and Cultural Studies with a focus on children’s literature. She is an acquiring Editor and Art Director at Clearfork/Spork and is also the Director of the Children’s Book Academy. Her students have published over 370 books and won ever major North American award. Mira’s 8 published children’s books have won awards and sold over 600,000 copies. She lives in a 100 year-old house in Portland, Oregon with her husband and two cats.


If you have an illustration you would like to explore picture book ideas with Mira, please send in one illustration to kathy(dot)Temean(at) PLEASE PUT PICTURE TO PICTURE BOOK IDEA in the Subject Area. I will send them to Mira. This is one small way Mira helps her illustration students and others who might need help with ideas during The Craft & Business of Writing Children’s Picture Books e-course at the Children’s Book Academy. 

Talk tomorrow,



  1. Thank you Mira–I love the idea of bunny being a gardener. 🙂 And thank you Kathy for this wonderful blog! I appreciate this special opportunity.


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