Sunday, September 26, 2010

Banned Book Week

We're in Banned Book Week! Picture books aren't the most targeted by the book banners, but it certainly does happen. And as book people, banning is an issue for all of us. Check it out on the ALA site here. Read about targeted books here.

Saturday, September 25, 2010


Some picture books really sell. What makes a hit that sells over 700,000 copies? Let's consider one author's bestsellers here. Check out the list of current bestsellers here. And here's another interesting resource--a podcast called "Chatting About Books." This episode, here (click on the Listen Now button,) is about a reference book called What Should I Read Aloud? A Guide to 200 Bestselling Picture Books. Listen and you'll hear what some moms, and Jane Yolen, have to say.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Making a Ruckus

The changes in the children's digital media world keep popping. There's a new company called Ruckus Media Group "that will specialize in creating high-definition animation apps for children aimed at the mobile computing market." It's employing veteran book people and signing up established authors. It's also mining material from the past. Read about it here.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Toon Up

You may remember when we talked about Toon Books here. They're in the news because they're pairing with Candlewick. Read about it here.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Be Quiet

How about a lovely interview with author Deborah Underwood and her editor Kate O'Sullivan from Houghton Mifflin? It's gonna make you feel good. And it reminds us that sometimes it's good to nourish our minds with things like going to a concert, because those experiences may stimulate our own creativity. Read it on the Imaginary Blog here.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Publishing People

Want to know more about the inside workings of the world of publishing? Read about what today's editors, and others who work in the business, think of the people who mentored them. It's really an interesting view of those who make books get made. Check it out here.

Sunday, September 5, 2010


Greetings, Picture Book Partiers. We're always looking out to see who is up to what in publishing PBs, so here's something to know. Charlesbridge Publishing has acquired Imagine Publishing, as you'll see in this article in Publishers Weekly here. Click on the announcement on Charlesbridge's home page here and Imagine's here. There's some more background from last year on Galleycat here. Harold Underdown, on The Purple Crayon commented, "Imagine has a small children's line but a larger adult one, so Charlesbridge is moving into the adult market--not a common step for a children's-only publisher to take." Hmmm!

Friday, September 3, 2010

Bummer, But Beyond

Howdy, again!
Sometimes you just happen upon good things when you're cruising around the internet. I think that author Ellen Jackson has a great article about rejection here. Also check out her lists of editors here. That might come in handy when we're looking to submit a manuscript, don't you think?