Friday, November 2, 2012

365 Days of Picture Books

Discover what it's like to pull ideas out of the air and make them dance on the page, in this yearlong exploration of picture books.

In celebration of its 20th year, Candlewick Press is posting short videos every day that celebrate the art of the picture book.

These include interviews with authors and illustrators, and read-alouds and animated shorts about the magic of picture books.

Among the highlights so far: when author-illustrator Jon Klassen (I Want My Hat Back) discussed the "middle spot" in picture books, the place between pictures and words that belongs to readers.

Klassen said writers and artists create the framework of a story and readers transform it into something special. The actual story, he said, is what readers gets out of the book, what they "put together" in their heads.

Another gem was when author Kate DiCamillo (Because of Winn-Dixie) described writing picture books as trickier than writing novels. "It's like a poem of page turns," she said. "Every word matters and the place of every word matters."

Here is one of my favorite clips so far, an interview with debut author-illustrator Brigitta Sif about her charming new book, Oliver, about a little boy trying to fit in.

To watch more videos, stop by Reading Starts Here. Also, an index of past videos can be accessed here. As of today, 65 are in the archive!

For more on the art of picture books, check out this sensational book of interviews: Show Me A Story! Why Picture Books Matter: Conversations with 21 of the World's Most Celebrated Illustrators. ($22.99, ages 12 and up, 304 pages).

The volume, compiled and edited by Leonard S. Marcus with a foreward by David Wiesner, asks artists from Mo Willems (Knuffle Bunny) to Peter Sis (The Wall) why they chose the picture book as their life's work and passion.

Among the highlights, an interview with the late, great author-illustrator Maurice Sendak (Where the Wild Things Are! and Bumble-Ardy).

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