Morning Notes: The State of the Picture Book Edition
THE STATE OF THE PICTURE BOOK
Children’s publishing legend Neal Porter (he of Neal Porter Books at Roaring Brook Press) took part in a fascinating interview with children’s lit historian Leonard S. Marcus for Horn Book. Their back and forth about the state of the picture book was the best thing I read all week. Click here to read.
THE MYSTERY OF THE BLUE HORSE
Nothing gets the gears turning like some excellent out-of-context artwork from an illustrator’s studio. When it’s Sick Day for Amos McGee pair Philip and Erin Stead, all the better. I loved this recent post on Philip Stead’s blog showing some work in progress. Where is that blue horse going? Click here to read. And there’s another recent behind the scenes post here.
The Spring Kids’ Indie Next List has been released – this is always a good source for upcoming books worth checking out. Click here to see the list at Waking Brain Cells.
THE BIRTH OF PAGE NUMBERS
I never even considered the fact that page numbers didn’t always exist until I read this post at Book Patrol about the first book to use them. Click here to read.
There’s been a lot of talk about this post by Marc Aronson discussing the gender balance in librarianship. The more you know. Click here to read.
WHAT’S IT LIKE…
To be the children’s book editor at the New York Times? Teen Reads talked to Sarah Harrison Smith about her job. Click here to read.
The Misadventures of Sweetie Pie by Chris Van Allsburg. In stores November 4, 2014
The master is back with a book about a hamster who wants to break free. The first thing that struck me was the color – after a string of monochromatic titles (Queen of the Falls, Probuditi!, Zathura), this might be Allsburg’s most colorful book in 20 years. I can’t wait to read it.
A short and sweet post by Horn Book editor Roger Sutton on a cover trend that might be on the rise. Click here to read.
Author Cynthia Lord gets in on the book spine poem action!
About Travis Jonker
Travis Jonker is an elementary school librarian in Michigan. He writes reviews (and the occasional article or two) for School Library Journal and is a member of the 2014 Caldecott committee. You can email Travis at email@example.com, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.
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