To me, it's endlessly interesting to hear how someone else creates a picture book. It's personal and unique each time. I think an especially engaging description of that process is written by Laura Vaccaro Seeger on the TeachingBook site here. (And if you read the article before Jan. 22, 2013, notice that there is a contest at the end of the post!) See the pages turn here.
Virtual school visits have been around for a while. It seems that they are now reaching a level of popularity and usefulness that everybody is benefitting from them. There's a great article about them here.