Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Maggie Loves A Good Book...

Girl after my own heart!

Inspired Picture Books...

Here are two books I had to grab at the library from the New Picture Books shelves, same author and both from Kids Can Press...(Kyo Maclear)
And the best part is that both books are loosely based on real, historical figures. Virginia Woolf and the founder of the Fluxus movement, George Maciunas. Proving just how versatile writing for children can be, and that picture books can take complicated ideas and beautifully simplify them for a younger audience. Nothing is off limits if you have the vision and the imagination to bring it to life for children in a way that speaks to them. That is true magic.


Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Celebrate Children's Book Week...

Happy Children's Book Week!
Excited I'll be doing my element of craft presentation in class tonight, in which I'll be examining dialogue as used successfully in the most wonderful picture book, Library Lion By Michelle Knudsen, illustrated by Kevin Hawkes.

Monday, May 13, 2013

"Every word only has to be perfect."

~Ursula Nordstrom 

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

"Visual storytelling is a great delight."

~Paul Schmid, Author/Illustrator
Guest speaking at my UW Writing For Children class

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Picture Books Into Movies...

So we started this discussion in class last night and I decided I would like to keep a list handy of all the picture books I could think of that have been made into feature films. Add on!
Where The Wild Things Are
Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs
The Polar Express
Curious George
The Cat in the Hat
Horton Hears a Who
How The Grinch Stole Christmas!

Mars Needs Moms
"And if you looked very, very closely, you would see they all had smiles on their small wooden faces."

~The Tub People, by Pam Conrad
Illustrations by Richard Egielski