Saturday, February 19, 2011

TV Time

As the book business swirls into new forms like apps and games, and more alliances develop within media companies, maybe it would be a good idea to glance more frequently at what's happening on TV. Kids certainly do.
We should be aware of the broad range of choices those kids have and keep tabs on what the rest of the "creators for kids" are doing. A couple of articles in the LA Times here and here give a little food for thought.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Planet App

There is an excellent article called, "Planet App: Kids' book apps are everywhere. But are they any good?" on what apps should be and how they should be judged here. Betsy Bird gives us a list of questions to ask. This is definitely a worthwhile article to read on the world of apps.

Saturday, February 12, 2011


Did you ever put something you wrote in a drawer, then after a while, bring it out again? How about 40 years later? Below are legends Norton Juster and Jules Feiffer, who created The Phantom Tollbooth, speaking at the National Book Festival last fall. Sample the book they did together most recently here.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Coming On Strong

Just imagine how common these things are gonna be. (E-readers, that is.) See more about that here. Watch the extra features on picture book apps being used below.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

The Berenstain Bears

Let's have an appreciation of the Berenstain Bears. At our house we certainly bought plenty of those books because the kids really liked them. Each book had a solid story and interesting characters. Read about how the work of making these books carries on here and see one of their sites here. Scroll down to see how much they did in 2010 here--lots! For a few years they've even done religious slanted books with Zondervan here. The Berenstain Bears are a heck of a brand. And good, too.