This month I am celebrating the third anniversary of my picture book: "Why Do I Have to Make My Bed, or a History of Messy Rooms."
As the lengthy title suggests, it's a book that not only explores that oft asked question, but also delves into chore lore, examining the household tasks of children throughout the ages.
Here are some wonderful images by illustrator Johanna van der Sterre:
I love her work so much! I was so thrilled my editor chose her as the book's illustrator.
Now, let's get to the main event: The new contest!
Create your own artwork that shows a child (or children) from the past, present, or future doing a chore that you would NOT want to do.
The art may be drawn, colored, sculpted, computer generated, photoshopped, photographed -- or anything else you can think of...
Submit your entries to: firstname.lastname@example.org
(Facebook friends and Twitter followers can post their work online with the hashtag #historyofmessy )
Three winners will receive an autographed copy of Why Do I Have to Make My Bed?
CONTEST ENDS: March 20th, 2014
P.S. We will share submission on this blog and other social networks -- so if you don't want to sow off your work, let us know!
Teachers and Parents: There's also a handy curriculum guide available in PDF form.