Picture Book Marathon- Day 1

Ready. Set. GO! The Picture Book Marathon has begun.

I think this will be easier when the big book I'm illustrating is finally finished. But I did squeak out a cover and an idea for a picture book today.

It's called "Big. Little. Middle." It's about a middle child who feels like nothing special but in the end finds his own unique place. I included a picture of the cover below and the text from the first pages.

Benny is big.

Kadie is little.

And I'm in the middle.

Benny is a big basketball star.

Kadie is a little princess.

And I'm in the middle.

Benny is a big eighth grader.

Kadie is a little angel.

And I'm in the middle.

(Picture and words copyright 2011 Julie Olson)


  1. Wow, Julie! I didn't know you were doing this too! I'm excited to see what we all come up with.

    I think this is a really fun book idea. Great post on those kids, especially the middle boy. He's cute.

  2. Thanks, Jed. They're my kids, essentially (minus my new addition). The middle kid shows up in Already Asleep as well. :-)

    I know, I think it'll be inspiring to see what everyone does.

    Good Luck!

  3. love it, Julie! it's so cute. Nice work.

  4. This reminds me of "The one in the Middle is a Green Kangaroo" from when I was a kid. Can't get enough of middle child syndrome. We're just sad and forgotten... NBD.


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