Saturday, November 27, 2010
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Children's book festivals aim to "promote reading to and by children, benefit libraries, and forge connections between the community and children’s authors and illustrators." That's a paraphrase of the mission statement of the Rochester Children's Book Festival, here, which I hear is great. Here's what they said here, in Sheboygan, "The mission of the Sheboygan Children's Book Festival is to foster a love of reading and inspire young readers, writers, and artists by offering a wide array of dynamic, free public events featuring outstanding children's book creators." Here is one in Connecticut, and across the country, here, in Orange County. How many of these are there? How do they keep the momentum going? What makes them successful? We'll have to look into this some more!
Saturday, November 20, 2010
This is a small part of the book world, but so basic and familiar and useful. And so interesting, I thought. The Library of Congress is such a wonderful institution and place to visit, so it's nice to know more about one of the important jobs they do there. Find out all about those short summaries you've read on the copyright page of books here on the ShelfTalker blog.
Sunday, November 14, 2010
Saturday, November 13, 2010
Though this article, "Smaller Presses, Bigger Authors" is discussing the adult side of publishing, it's not hard to have some thoughts about how this translates to books for younger readers. Just getting a book published is an achievement, of course, but how well will it sell? That definitely matters when we write and send in the next book. Sales figures are real. So, there are many reasons to think about what we write in terms of "Is this book going to succeed in the marketplace?" and "Is this the right publisher?" Read it here.
Sunday, November 7, 2010
Are picture books from other countries "too foreign?" That's one of the ideas considered in an interesting article, "Outside Over Where?" from the Horn Book here. It was written by Leonard Marcus who gives the historical perspective on picture books from other countries coming to America and the forces that influence international exchanges of books for young children.
Saturday, November 6, 2010
Helen Oxenbury and John Burningham have had long careers and individually they have produced many wonderful picture books. Now they have collaborated. An interview is here. An article is here. Check out their house here (and the slide show.) See bunches of books here and here. So many appealing books!