Saturday, November 30, 2013

Trailer Treats--Abe Lincoln's Dream

Here's the first in the series called "Trailer Treats" showcasing well done picture book trailers. Watch Abe Lincoln's Dream by Lane Smith below. The trailer is effective in the way that it makes the book look intriguing, uses music to create mood, and has simple but interesting motion to bring the pages to life. In case you can't see the video below, go here to see it on the publisher's website.

Friday, November 29, 2013

Emma Chichester Clark

How about a little chat with Emma? It's worth it just to see the completely groovy studio she has! Plus the dog. And, of course, the beautiful illustrations. She talks a little about illustrating Alice Through the Looking Glass. Check out her other books on her website here.
If you don't see the video below, click here.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Agent Hunting

It used to be that most writers didn't have a literary agent. Now, it seems like everyone either has one, or is looking for one, or is thinking about looking for one. There's an interesting feature on the blog of Julie Hedlund called "How I Got My Agent" in which several writers tell their tale on the topic. Check it out here.

And for fun, here's a trailer for the recently published book, I See Kitty by Yasmine Surovec. If you don't see it below, click on the book above or check it out on the Macmillan site here.

SLJ Favorite Picture Books

School Library Journal picks their favorite picture books for 2013 here. On the list there are several books starring things such as a pencil, some crayons, a punctuation mark, and a squash. So much for old rules about not making an inanimate object be the main character!

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Podcast Interviews

It's interesting to listen to interviews with authors, don't you think? Hearing about how they work as well as their struggles and successes? While big name adult writers are often promoting their books on radio or TV, it's not so easy to find audio interviews of children's book people. Publishers Weekly has podcasts you may enjoy here with picture book to YA creators talking. (You can also find these podcasts on iTunes under "Publishers Weekly.") Take a listen!

Sunday, November 10, 2013


How do authors feel when they win an award like the Newbery? Listen to some share the feelings they've had when that big call came, as well as some thoughts about their writing process, in this Random House video.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Publishers and Common Core

Does Common Core make your head spin a bit? Wonder how publishing companies are dealing with this? They want teachers to be able to see how their books fit with Common Core. There's an interesting article here on some of the approaches publishers are taking to market their books with this in mind.