The Greater Boston Illustrators' Group dreamed up #StoryMarch as the Covid-19 pandemic took over the daily lives of everyone we know. As schools and offices close and people are stuck at home without their usual activities and diversions, we hope that #StoryMarch might be a fun way for all artists of every age to stretch themselves a little and have fun.

     It's simple, easy and free! Here's how it works:

     Make a piece of art every day. Any medium: pencil, crayon, marker, ink, paint, photography, sculpture... anything! Use the words on the list below (you can change the order) or create your own list, but it's fun when everyone interprets the same word on the same day.

     The only rule is, each piece of art should connect to the one done the day before. At the end, you'll have a big complicated drawing or painting, or a collage, or a book, or a scroll, or a map... it's up to you.

     We hope parents will try this with their children, too, so that artists of any age can participate. Art teachers are welcome to use #StoryMarch with their classes, in school or online.

     You can start any day. You can skip words but it's fun to try and interpret them all. If you like, use the hashtag #storymarch and post on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter. We'll keep this going as long as schools are closed, and we can't wait to see what you come up with!


1. key

2. lock                                

3. door                             

4. ship                                 

5. animal                            

6. moon                              

7. drop                                  

8. artist                                

9. light                              

10. spin

11. space

12. bounce

13. shoe

14. scatter

15. rock

16. fast

17. school

18. balloon

19. reflect

20. wind


Check out @storymarch2020 on Instagram for ideas and inspiration, or search #storymarch

on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter

Articles: Boston Globe, Wicked Local


#StoryMarch was created by Sarah S. Brannen, Priscilla Alpaugh and Susan Link, with help from the Greater Boston Illustrators' Group.

March 22 update! 


Lots of kids have been doing the #storymarch art project since it started March 16. It seemed like it would be fun to have a writing project too, so here's #StoryMarchWrite! Each day, you write something based on the one-word prompts below. They start easy and get harder.

Your writing can include the day's word or be inspired by it. The only other rule is that each day's piece of writing needs to connect to the previous day's piece in some way. At the end, you might have a story, or a journal, or a poem or book of poems, or almost anything! It's not necessary to share your work online, but if you do, please tag it with #storymarch and #storymarchwrite. Have fun!

Go to the #storymarchwrite page.


More free resources from children's authors and illustrators


Jarrett Lerner "Finish This Comic!" and more

Jarrett Krosoczka video art lessons, live every weekday at 2 pm Eastern

Tony Diterlizzi - live drawing at 1 pm Eastern

Mo Willems lunch doodles, every day at 1 pm Eastern

Dan Santat "Survival School for the Pandemic" on Instagram and Twitter

Scott Magoon Studio Storytime - weekly

Debbie Ohi daily videos "Let's Make Art Together"

Cece Bell shares the inside story of El Deafo


Marlo Garnsworthy #ScienceStory

Melissa Stewart mini-lessons and activity pages

Heidi Stemple Bird Count videos and activities

Loree Griffin Burns: the Flora and Fauna of your place

Reading and Writing

Kate Messner compilation of author videos and more

Josh Funk activity kits and coloring pages

Lynda Mullaly Hunt videos and activities

Amy Ludwig VanDerWater - Notebooking

Oliver Jeffers reads aloud on Instagram live every day at 2 pm Eastern

Peter Reynolds reads aloud at noon every day

Scholastic Learn At Home activities and lessons

Grace Lin "Kids Ask Authors" podcast

Mac Barnett reads his books aloud every day at 3 pm Eastern

Matt Forrest Esenwine, "Wit and Wordplay"  and activity sheets

Doreen Cronin activities page


The Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators has links to resources from many more authors and illustrators.

Penguin Kids - readalouds, activities, and more

21. mushroom

22. bark

23. machine

24. insect

25. rain

26. struggle

27. fire

28. wings

29. massive

30. bubble

31. goblin

32. sport

33. flower

34. eyes

35. arrow

36. whale

© 2020 by Sarah Brannen

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