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Blog: The Children's Book Review (Login to Add to MyJacketFlap)
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Blog: A Fuse #8 Production (Login to Add to MyJacketFlap)
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- Oh, you lucky bugs. Do you know what today is? Today is the first day of Kidlitcon and for those of you still interested in joining (and who wouldn’t be?) you have a last minute chance to be a part of the fun. Always assuming you’re in the Austin area, of course, but I bet that LOTS of you are located in that general vicinity. As you’ll recall, last year Kidlitcon was held in New York City and we did very well indeed with the vast hoards of people. This year it’s a slightly smaller affair, but no less fascinating and fun. Full details can be found here but don’t worry if you’ve missed the opening ceremonies. The bulk of the action is on Saturday anyway, so you’ve still time to join. So go! Shoo! Why waste your time here?
- I don’t know about you but typically I go through blog reading binges. I ignore my favorites for long periods of time and then I consume weeks’ worth of material in a single sitting. I did this recently with the beloved Crooked House. First, I enjoyed the fact that she highlighted the book How to Do Nothing With Nobody All Alone By Yourself (notable, if nothing else, for the Lemony Snicket quote which reads, “Every great book reminds us that we are all alone in the world. At least this one provides us with the means to entertain ourselves while we’re here.”) The second post that caught my eye was a transcribed selection from The Mermaid of Brooklyn which I perhaps enjoyed too much. Too too much.
- Now some graphic novel news. There are two horns worth tooting today. First, there is the fact that I’m on ALSC’s Quicklists Consulting Committee and we recently came up with a newly revised Graphic Novels Reading List, broken down not just by age levels but by whether or not they’re black and white or color. In related news, kudos to the folks at Good Comics for Kids as well as Snow Wildsmith and Scott Robins for their A Parent’s Guide to the Best Kids’ Comics: Choosing Titles Your Children Will Love. The SLJ blog and the useful book were both mentioned on the most recent episode of the popular NPR podcast Pop Culture Happy Hour. The episode Making Toddlers Into Nerds is a bit of a misnomer and they do a lamentable job of mentioning any children’s literature that isn’t either 50 years old or part of a huge series, but at least they get the graphic novels piece right.
- Questions I never thought to ask until Marjorie Ingall made me: Why do chickens play an outsized role in Jewish children’s picture books? The answer may surprise you. Or, at the very least, you’ll be impressed with the amount of thought Marjorie has put into this subject.
- This is a good one. Always at the forefront of the diversity issues, Lee and Low recently put on their blog the post Literary Agents Discuss the Diversity Gap in Publishing. The agents in question are Adriana Domínguez, Karen Grencik, Abigail Samoun, and Lori Nowicki. Much of what they’re saying echoes things we’ve heard from editors over the past few years. Check it out.
- I received this message recently and figured you’d want to know about it. Ahem.
I just wanted to let you know that ABFFE’s 2013 holiday auction will take place on eBay from November 26 through December 2nd. Please let your colleagues and friends know that this is the best place to buy holiday gifts! More than 50 leading artists and illustrators contributed to last year’s auction and we are hoping for even more art this year. Once the auction is live, you will be able to access it from a link on www.abffe.org.
- Me stuff. Recently I was lucky enough to serve on the New York Times Best Illustrated judging committee for this year’s books. If you haven’t seen the results I came up with alongside Brian Selznick and Steve Heller you have two choices. You could look at the fancy dancy NY Times slideshow of the winners here OR you could go on over to 100 Scope Notes and check out Travis Jonker’s truly lovely round-up with book jackets and everything here.
- Just as I collect children’s literary statues from around the States (I’m STILL updating that post, people, so don’t worry if your favorites haven’t made it yet) I also like to keep tabs on museums of famous children’s authors and illustrators. You have your Eric Carle Museum, your Edward Gorey Museum, and apparently you also have a Tasha Tudor Museum. Or, at least, you will when it finds a new host.
You may or may not have heard about the SpotLit list, created by Scholastic Book Group with the help of scholars, teachers, librarians, and other specialists in the field. Well, two awesome infographics have been created to show off some of the facts behind it. I like them partly because they’re infographics and partly because in the group picture it looks like I’m snuggling up to Harry Potter while Hedwig swoops down mere moments before removing my cranium. This list discusses what the committee looked like and this list discusses what the books on the list consist of.
- When a new library branch reopens in my city I don’t always report on the fact, but this recent article about the reopened Coney Island Branch is the exception to the rule. The place looks precisely how you’d want a Coney Island branch to look. Granted there aren’t any half naked mermaids or rides in the library, but those photographs on the walls are worth the price of admission alone.
- Jon Klassen’s right. Interviews with the great illustrator Arnold Lobel are few and far between. When you can find one, you post it. And that’s just what he did. Thank you, Jon.
- Turns out, there are LOTS of children’s literature conspiracy theories out there that I never even knew about. A hat tip then to Listverse for rounding them up for us. Clearly the Dodgson is my favorite. Thanks to AL Direct for the link.
- I’m always keen to get a handle on the newest studies that discuss how kids handle technology. Now the “Zero to Eight Children’s Media Use in America 2013” study has been released and Children’s Technology Review discusses the results in full. Big time thanks to Mary Ann Scheuer from Great Kid Books for the link!
- Hat tip to Travis Jonker. Without him I would have never known that there are TWO children’s literature podcasts out there that had escaped my attention. I need to upgrade the old sidebar on this blog, do I not?
- And in the world of grants n’ such:
Greetings! There’s still time to apply for the ALSC Candlewick Press Light the Way grant. The deadline is December 1, 2013. This is a great funding opportunity if you have a project or program related to library service to children in special populations. The application is at this link: http://www.ala.org/alsc/
- Daily Image:
Today’s image may be classified as Best Fan Art Ever, or something along those lines. How many of you are familiar with Helen Frost’s lovely middle grade Diamond Willow? Well, it came out in 2008 or so but its fans continue to find it. Case in point, this young woman who, with her Chinook pet dog, reenacted the cover. Compare and contrast:
Utterly adorable. Many thanks to Helen for sharing this with me
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Blog: James Preller's Blog (Login to Add to MyJacketFlap)
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I first learned of Matthew Cordell when he was hired to illustrate my picture book, MIGHTY CASEY. Despite Matt’s great artwork, the book never really found an audience, and I guess it sort of died on the vine, as they say. But there are two great things that came out of that book. First, my ongoing friendship with Matthew and his amazingly talented wife, Julie Halpern. Someday I hope we’re all in the same room! In my opinion, Matt is a hugely gifted illustrator, and a true artist, and an heir in his approach and dedication to Arnold Lobel, who is one of my all-time heroes. He’s also got a touch of William Steig.
Look, I’ll say it. A lot of children’s book illustration, while technically spectacular, isn’t very appealing to kids. Matt’s work, on the other hand, is loose and inviting and draws readers into the story. Like Lobel, and Steig, and James Marshall, and all the best. I really think Matt is that good, and he’s just scratching the surface.
Secondly, I’m gladdened by the consistent pleasure I experience when on odd times I pull out MIGHTY CASEY and read it aloud to large groups of students. I’m telling you, it works every time. We laugh, we have fun, and by the end these kids are right there, leaning in, eager for the play at the plate. Sales or not, those experiences tell me that Matt and I did good together — we made something, you know, put it out into the world. It’s all we can do.
Anyway, Matt created a homemade trailer for his new picture book, ANOTHER BROTHER. Now on sale on every street corner, car trunk, haberdashery — and independent bookstore, too!
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Blog: A Fuse #8 Production (Login to Add to MyJacketFlap)
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It was kind of a kooky idea, I admit it. I’ve seen plenty of sites where artists will reinterpret someone like Maurice Sendak in their own styles. What I wanted was something a little different. I wanted to see what would happen if great children’s book illustrators illustrated one another. If a Lobel illustrated a Bemelmans. If a Carle illustrated a Silverstein. Trouble is, famous folk have a way of not bothering to illustrate one another (to say nothing of the fact that a bunch of them are dead as doornails). The solution? To offer a silly fun challenge. And so the Re-Seussification Project was offered: To re-illustrate any Dr. Seuss book in the style of another illustrator.
Now there was some question at first about revealing the identities of the people making the mash-ups. Some folks thought this fun contest was unfortunate because I wasn’t celebrating the great talents of up-and-coming artists. So as a compromise, I’ll present the art first and then the names of the artists at the bottom of the page. Makes it a little more streamlined anyway.
And now . . . the moment you’ve all been waiting for . . . in the order of the faux artists, here’s the lot!
So, we’re all friends here, right? Right off the bat I’m going to make a confession. In offering this contest all I really wanted was for someone somewhere to do an Eric Carle. It was a lot to ask since we’re talking about an artist dealing in the medium of cut paper. It looked like it wasn’t going to happen. Then, last night, the final submission was sent in and it was . . .
1. GREEN EGGS AND HAM IN AN ERIC CARLE STYLE
Next up, I’ve fond memories of this book. As a child of Kalamazoo I was slightly obsessed with any and every mention of my hometown, no matter where it might be. Dr. Seuss was one of the few authors to understand the true glory of my hometown’s name and for that I shall forever be grateful. It lifts my heart a little then to see him memorialized in the form of . . .
2. HORTON HATCHES THE EGG IN A LAURENT DE BRUNHOFF STYLE
I particularly like how worried Babar appears. One thing’s for certain. That elephant bird is gonna be one snappy dresser.
This next image didn’t go the easy route, no sir. Some illustrators have styles that are easier to imitate than others. For this next one I was incredibly impressed by the sheer details at work. From the border to the font to the colors to the fact that this looks like an honest-to-gosh watercolor. Hold onto your hats folks, for you are now in the presence of . . .
3. GREEN EGGS AND HAM IN A TOMIE DEPAOLA STYLE
The best part is that his name is signed with dePaola’s customary little heart. THAT is the attention to detail I crave.
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Blog: Walking In Public (Login to Add to MyJacketFlap)
JacketFlap tags: illustration sensations, paintings, videos, anita lobel, Arnold Lobel, betsy bird, dr seuss, early reader, frog and toad, fuse #8, re-seussify seuss, school library journal, watercolor, Yertle The Turtle, Add a tag
In case you missed it, this week’s results for School Library Journal’s Fuse #8 Re-Seussify Seuss challenge were in, and they were pretty spectacular! The mission, as set forth by children’s lit guru Betsy Bird, was to draw a spread from a Dr. Seuss book, but in the style of ANOTHER famous picture book artist. I was inspired by the fun mash-up idea, and pulled off the image of Yertle The Turtle in the style of Arnold Lobel, above.
The idea for the image itself came to me pretty easily. It’s no surprise that I love drawing turtles, and Yertle The Turtle is a family favorite. The reptile vs. amphibian factor – Yertle crossed with Frog and Toad - was amusing to me as well. In particular, I wanted to try my hand at Arnold Lobel’s style. I thought the limited palette with textured graphite would be fun, and his characters and watercolors lend themselves easily to my own style. Plus, he’s a fellow Pratt alum!
I learned a lot about Arnold Lobel’s creative process from this video with his daughter, Anita Lobel. She sought to replicate her father’s paintings when she colored Arnold Lobel’s unfinished The Frogs and Toads All Sang:
I am very interested in Lobel’s use of color separations to make the Frog and Toad illustrations, and I wish I could find more on the subject. While Anita went with full-color in her recent interpretation, I wanted to imitate the 2-color (and black) separations by sticking to a green layer, a brown layer, and dark graphite. I’m pleased with the result and think it was rather successful, if I do say so myself.
Now go check out Betsy’s post for the other mind-blowing creative Re-Seussification mash-ups!
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Blog: Galley Cat (Mediabistro) (Login to Add to MyJacketFlap)
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What books do you remember most fondly from childhood?
Over at the nostalgia section of Reddit, readers have been sharing the books that make them feel most nostalgic.
To help our readers rediscover these childhood classics, we’ve linked to free samples of the 15 Most Nostalgic Books below–ranked in order by the books’ popularity among Reddit readers.
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Blog: Kate's Book Blog (Login to Add to MyJacketFlap)
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We had plans to ski last Sunday, but high winds kept the chairlifts at Whiteface Mountain grounded for the first part of the morning. Instead of waiting it out, we headed into Lake Placid for some pancakes and a dogsled ride.
I've always been fascinated by the Iditarod, the 1150-mile sled dog race from Anchorage to Nome, Alaska. A few years ago, my husband and I visited Iditarod headquarters and got to meet some of the amazing dogs that make that journey. But it was summer, so we couldn't actually ride on a dogsled.
That's why we jumped at the chance to take a ride with these gorgeous dogs on Lake Placid's Mirror Lake.
The dogs were excited to find out they had some business.
The ride around a frozen Mirror Lake was brisk but spectacular!
This is our musher, whose name has escaped me, but he was very, very cool and friendly. Interestingly enough, he never actually hollered "Mush!" He hollered "Hike!" instead. We were slightly disappointed but got over it.
While we circled the lake, other winter weather lovers were skating or riding toboggans down an icy chute set up along the shore.
This is Lightning. He likes to run in the back of the pack and was the friendliest of the sled dogs -- the only one the kids could pet after our ride. The rest of them couldn't wait to pull us around on the sled but wanted nothing to do with us when the ride was over. You can see in their eyes that these dogs still have a lot of the wild left in them -- one of the reasons they do so well in the actual race in Alaska.
The real Iditarod is going on right now. Here's a great website where you can follow the progress of the teams. Add a Comment
Blog: Bugs and Bunnies (Login to Add to MyJacketFlap)
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Blog: A Patchwork of Books (Login to Add to MyJacketFlap)
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Some random books from the shelves this week. Hope you find something that you and your children will enjoy!
Shark in the Dark, written by Peter Bently and illustrated by Ben Cort is adorable, literally, from cover to cover. The front cover features a cut-out that appears a shark is going to come right through, out at the reader and the text inside is filled with cute rhymes about how this shark scares all the little fish. When the shark meets someone even bigger than he is, a fish that wants to eat HIM, the shark begins to think a little differently about how he treats fish smaller than he is.
Cute, rhyming text, bright, bold illustrations, and a cute plot make for a great read aloud. Not too scary for the little ones, I promise!
Shark in the Dark
The Frogs and Toads All Sang is a brand new collection of short little stories by the infamous Arnold Lobel, with color by Adrienne Lobel. The stories, discovered by his daughter, are as lovely and sweet as anything else you've ever read by Lobel, accompanied by familiar, soft illustrations, perfect for bedtime reading.
I felt comfort while reading this book, as it definitely reminded me of my childhood reading of Lobel's work. Frog and Toad will always be hits!
The Frogs and Toads All Sang
Maggie's Monkeys, written by Linda Sanders-Wells and illustrated by Abby Carter, is my laugh-out-loud pick of the week. Your kids will be giggle throughout each reading of this adorable book, filled with realistic characters (that I'm sure you're children can relate to!).
When little Maggie declares there are pink monkeys living in the refridgerator, everyone in her family, except for her older brother, is very kind to the "monkeys." Dad puts a "do not disturb" sign on the door, older sister helps Maggie make clothes for the imaginary monkeys, but her older brother is insistant that everyone is just crazy!!
A very cute read, perfect for storytimes, with bright illustrations and an adorable plot!
Finally, Ballyhoo Bay, written by Judy Sierra and illustrated by Derek Anderson, is my do-good choice of the week! It's a sweet story of kids and animals teaming up together to save their beloved beach when highrise apartment buildings are said to be in the works.
Though maybe a bit of a complex plot topic for the younger kiddos, the older ones will certainly understand, and the illustrations are so bold and bright, they'll easily hold the younger ones' attention. Plus it's by Judy Sierra! Ya gotta read it!
Recommended for storytimes and for library shelves.
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Blog: Alice's CWIM blog (Login to Add to MyJacketFlap)
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My Favorite Picture Book...
This morning I got a copy of the Publishers Weekly Fall 2009 Children's Book edition which always makes me very happy. When I get these special editions, first I flip through a few times and look at the pictures and publishers' ads (which are like mini catalogs), then I go back and read the lists and features.
This issue includes a feature complied from Anita Silvey's upcoming Everything I Need to Know I Learned from a Children's Book (out in October from Roaring Brook) for which Silvey asked contributers, "What children's book changed the way you see the world."
If she had asked me, I would have picked Miss Suzy by Miriam Young, illustrated by Arnold Lobel. The title character in this beloved book is a nice gray squirrel who lives in a little house in a big oak tree. She makes firefly lamps and acorn cakes and wears a tiny apron as she sweeps the floor and keeps things tidy. She's quite happy with her simple squirrel existence until a gang of red squirrel thugs descend, chase her away, and take up residence in her once happy oak tree home. (I think one of them had an eyepatch. You knew they were trouble.)
This injustice was very upsetting to me in the early '70s when I first read Miss Suzy. I was a shy, chubby-ish kid and I had my share of being picked on. I hated that mean read squirrel gang and how they picked on Miss Suzy. But (spoiler alert) it all turns out okay. Miss Suzy befriends some toy soldiers (with shiny triangle swords) that she find in the attic she escapes to. She tidies up and takes care of them. And then they kick those thug squirrels furry thug squirrel butts out of Miss Suzy's house. It was so satifying to me that she made friends and her friends stood up for her. She took care of them and they took care of her. As a seven-year-old I knew I wanted friendships like like that. And I knew good could win out over evil. Oh Miss Suzy...I can't wait to go home and read my copy even though the binding it cracked and it's full of crayon marks (which so untidy). But isn't that sign of a well-loved picture book?
I want to hear from you (since I imagine Anita Silvey didn't ask you either)--what book changed the way you saw the world when you were a child? If you'd like to share, post a comment.
Blog: An Awfully Big Blog Adventure (Login to Add to MyJacketFlap)
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Headline News....Author's Book Buying Addiction Out of Control--Bookshelves Overwhelmed
The trouble is, I am a book hoarder. I'm not quite sure how many books I have, but it must be close to the 10,000 mark and growing. Yes, you did read that right. TEN THOUSAND, mostly divided into subject matter and section, all in alphabetical order by author so I can put my hand on what I need immediately (I am also a librarian manqué). There is no room for ornaments in my house. Shelves are for the storing of literary stuff and nothing else. I have built-in bookcases (here when I arrived), bought bookcases, and bookshelves I have put together myself with much swearing and bashed thumbs. The Billy shelves from Ikea which live in my office are double and sometimes treble stacked, and now I am running out of room. The picture below shows a mere fraction of the problem, and I'm not even mentioning the overflowing attics and the floors.
My husband, the long suffering Wanton Toast Eater, has now issued a decree. Books. Must. Go. But which ones? This question induces complete panic in me. After all, I might need to refer to any of them at any time--even the old family ones I inherited from my grandmother and great-aunt which haven't been opened since 1953 or possibly since 1853 (hey, they might be valuable or have useful information in them). I'll probably Display Comments Add a Comment
Blog: Joe Silly Sottile's Blog (Login to Add to MyJacketFlap)
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Wish I wrote it...
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Blog: Where The Best Books Are! (Login to Add to MyJacketFlap)
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Enter now through Aug. 18, by becoming a follower of my blog (if you're already a follower, just let me know) or by sending me a comment. Share memories of Owl at Home, a storybook character you love or a fun product you spotted at CSNstores.com. (Sorry, only U.S. and Canadian residents are eligible to win.)
Blog: American Indians in Children's Literature (Login to Add to MyJacketFlap)
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Some years back, I came across "Buffalo Dusk" by Carl Sandburg. The poem is in The Random House Book of Poetry for Children: A Treasury of 572 Poems for Today's Child (1983) selected by Jack Prelutsky and illustrated by Arnold Lobel. Here it is:
The buffaloes are gone.Display Comments Add a Comment
And those who saw the buffaloes are gone.
Those who saw the buffaloes by thousands and how they
pawed the prairie sod into dust with their great hoofs,
their great heads down pawing on in a great pageant of dusk,
Those who saw the buffaloes are gone.
And the buffaloes are gone.