October 30, 2011
In the November/December issue of the Horn Book people from thepicturebook.com posted a Proclamation.
Here's what it says (in part and in synopsis):
The picture book isn't dead it just needs less imitation. It needs grown-up conversation, and the grown-ups creating these books need to know picture book history. Picture books are a form, not a genre. Good design fosters good reading. We need criticism to keep us original.
There are a number of other bulletpoints here -- you can see the whole thing at http://mosscovered.blogspot.com/. I think the most exciting aspect of all of this is that if you take out the words picture books and substitute children's books you have a perfect creed for what we, as authors of all ranges of children's literature, should be striving for.
Thank you to everyone at thepicturebook.com for keeping us honest.
October 26, 2011
Circuses are the next big thing!
Where else can a kid run away, change a name, become a completely different person -- and get to wear a costume?
Think circus as everything wonderful and strange -- jugglers, magicians, illusionists, puppets, automata, steampunk, wire walkers, flyers, silks and spanish webs, german wheels. Color and magic everywhere you look.
I'm working with a few other authors to make you believe in the circus again. Some of the books that come to mind are The Boneshaker by Kate Milford, The Ruby Notebook by Laura Resau and Circus Galacticus by Deva Fagan.
Check here again for more circus, fantasy and Faerie.