Sunday, October 31, 2010


Let's stay up-to-date and look at the latest in e-book readers. Barnes and Noble has introduced the Nookcolor tablet which you can read about here. Watch their ad here (click on the guided tour button) and the demo of a couple of picture books here. Hmmm. It's another way to read a picture book.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Paul O. Zelinsky

Here's a chance to see Caldecott Medal winner Paul O. Zelinsky give a talk without leaving your own comfortable computer. He spoke at a conference in Chicago, as you'll see in the video that's part of a School Library Journal article here. His website's here.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

A Scholastic Webcast

Scholastic recently did a webcast "Spring 2011 Librarian Preview" to interest librarians in their upcoming list. The archived version is available to watch here. Why watch this long ad? Five Possible Reasons: It shows part of the company's marketing strategy. It gives us a little more understanding of the structure of this large, multi-imprint publisher. We can see some editors, whose names are familiar, on camera. We see some authors on camera, too. It's an example of the ever expanding intersection of technology and books.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Websites for Kids

There are different types of media that target young children. Websites built to appeal to children are an interesting place to look to see what children are encountering. Check out this article here. Notice that it's full of links so you can visit the websites being discussed. It's written from the perspective of the a web designer considering what will intrigue children and hold their interest.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Bob Staake

We recently enjoyed listening to Bob Staake talk about his work as an illustrator and writer of picture books. He described how he works quickly and how his style is always evolving. He's an energetic guy who loves his work. Check out his website here and watch him create a character using Photoshop in the video below.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

A Good Childen's Book

Let's hear from industry veteran Emma Dryden on what attributes make a good children's book. (Now if the following link doesn't work for you, go to Facebook and look up DrydenBks and see the entry for Oct. 7th.) She posted it on Facebook here. Her website is here where she offers freelance editorial services to authors, illustrators, publishers, and agents. The company she worked for until 2009, Atheneum, is here.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

What Kid Readers Think

What do kids think of reading? Scholastic wants to know, so they ask kids. In its third national survey, the Kids & Family Reading Report, they get some interesting answers, discussed here. That may be a little heavy, so for dessert have fun watching a promotion video for a French pop-up book.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Picture Books From the Edge

There are a lot of mainstream warm and fun picture books published, of course. But what about those that misfire somehow? Possibly coming off as a little creepy? There are some from yesteryear, some more recent, to check out here. It's a bit silly, I know.

Sunday, October 3, 2010


How about looking at one spot to see a whole bunch of agents who peddle picture books--with links to their sites? It's here. Just looking at all those agencies is enough to make one dizzy. And smarter about the book business.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

The CBC's Doings

Let's see what the CBC is up to lately, and what they've got planned for the future. They recently had their annual meeting. Take a look at what they talked about here. The organization's website is here.