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     The Greater Boston Illustrators' Group dreamed up #StoryMarch as the Covid-19 pandemic took over the daily lives of everyone we know. We hoped that #StoryMarch might be a fun way for artists of every age to stretch themselves a little and have fun.


August 10 update - found alphabet

Here's a fun activity for parents to do with a child just learning their letters. All you have to do is keep your eyes open and snap a picture! Letters are all around us. I did this one over ten days in July.

June 23 update

#StoryMarch came to an end today with word #100, Draw. I ended up doing three drawings in all, based on the 100 words. #StoryMarch 2 and 3 were sold and all the money was donated to the We Need Diverse Books Emergency Fund. To donate or apply for a grant, click here

April 23 update

My own #StoryMarch illustration, which interprets prompts 1 - 42, was auctioned off this week. All the proceeds were donated to the Maurice Sendak Emergency Relief Fund for authors and illustrators. 

"StoryMarch 1," Ink on archival paper, 11" x 17".

#StoryMarch rules

     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 until the end of the school year, 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

Story on NBC Channel 10 Boston

#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

"Students Sending Love" connecting kids and nursing home residents by mail


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

37. tower

38. shell

39. puzzle

40. fence

41. tail

42. paper

43. mouse

44. wheel

45. plant

46. well

47. stamp

48. dragon

49. clock

50. sleep

51. road

52. hat

53. garden

54. fly

55. window

56. magnify

57. book

58. mystery

59. sweet

60. dive


61. wall

62. crowd

63. sweep

64. ride

65. star

66. music

67. snow

68. jewel

69. tunnel

70. film

71. dog

72. spiral

73. water

74. game

75. tree

76. bone

77. coat

78. marble

79. box

80. sad

81. smoke

82. seed

83. glass

84. button

85. armor

86. shadow

87. train

88. fountain

89. pillow

90. burst

91. tall

92. friend

93. roof

94. cloud

95. roll

96. mirror

97. curly

98. wave

99. summit

100. draw

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