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Picture books aren't just for children

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and Assistant Professor Myra Garces-Bacsal thinks we have a lot to learn from books with pictures. She …

Education

Julia Donaldson: ‘I don’t want to say I’m sick of The Gruffalo’

The author, 69, talks about sensible relationships, her sense of loss, writing songs about hats and the Ugly Five<p><b>I really wanted to be an actor.</b> When I was 12, I understudied the fairies in the Old Vic production of <i>A Midsummer Night’s Dream</i> with Judi Dench, Tom Courtenay and lots of starry people, …

Authors

We’ve Been Saying Goodnight to That Moon for 70 Years

It doesn’t have a plot or much of a main character, and it all takes place inside one room. But ‘Goodnight Moon’ has been enchanting us for generations, and it never gets old.<p>On September 3, the children’s classic <i>Goodnight Moon</i> marks its 70th anniversary. That’s cause for celebration, especially in …

Kids

How we made: Children's favourite Hairy Maclary

Author Lynley Dodd carries around an ideas book.<p><i>In the first of a new series where we ask artists and performers about how some of their most famous</i> …

New Zealand News

Best Of The Breast

Here in America, we have a fairly twisted view of breasts. Cleavage and so-called side boobs can be used to sell any number of products—cars, beer, …

Babies

Five wordless books that tell their stories with pictures and imagination alone

Sometimes, words are redundant to a book.<p>I am an insufferably logocentric sort, preferring all versions of the world around me filtered through the …

Books

The "best children’s book illustrator in Italy" is coming to Los Angeles with a new painting exhibition

Nicoletta Ceccoli is a pop surrealist painter/illustrator from the Republic of San Marino (a microstate within north-central Italy). Nicoletta has an …

Los Angeles

Is the ‘Cat in the Hat’ racist? Yes, and other kids books are too, says professor.

A half-century after the civil rights movement, the share of school children in this country who are not white has grown to half of all kids …

Racism

Reading in the Shadow of Sendak

I’m pretty sure I was the least productive Sendak Fellow. The Sendak Fellowship is awarded each year to a small group of children’s book authors, who …

Books

Reading Racism in Dr. Seuss

A children’s-literature scholar argues it’s time to acknowledge the perturbing themes in some of the most beloved books.<p>Reminiscing about the Dr. Seuss books we loved as children is usually a happy time for adults. We might remember first learning about equality in <i>Horton Hears a Who!</i> or getting …

Children's Books

Children's Book Review: The Wolf, the Duck, and the Mouse by Mac Barnett, illus. by Jon Klassen. Candlewick, $17.99 (40p) ISBN 978-0-7636-7754-1

The Wolf, the Duck, and the Mouse<p>Mac Barnett, illus. by Jon Klassen. Candlewick, $17.99 (40p) ISBN 978-0-7636-7754-1<p>More By and About This …

Books

Shirley Hughes on creating Dogger and growing up during the War

During the Second World War, I was living at home in West Kirby, Liverpool, with my mum and two sisters. My middle sister went off to serve in the Wrens in Portsmouth and my eldest sister, Brenda, who’s in the picture, stayed at home as a VAD [Voluntary Aid Detachment] nurse.<p>I was too young to …

Books

Collaborator Says Sendak Would Be 'Jumping For Joy' Over New Publication

More than 20 years ago, children's author and illustrator Maurice Sendak and his friend Arthur Yorinks collaborated on a book. But they were both busy with other projects at the time, and they never bothered to get it published. Sendak died in 2012, but that decades-old collaboration, <i>Presto and</i> …

Books

Horrid Henry artist Tony Ross named UK libraries' most borrowed illustrator

In the first ranking of its kind, the Public Lending Right showed Ross clocking up more than 1m loans last year<p>Tony Ross, whose images of the naughty prankster Horrid Henry and the ragamuffin Little Princess are instantly recognisable to children up and down the country, has been named as the most …

Illustration

Shirley Hughes: ‘Children are refreshingly frank in their reactions to seeing me draw’

The children’s author and illustrator on parks and play areas, the allure of Alfie, and undignified moments on tour<p>When my children were young it was always a struggle to find enough time at the drawing board. I constantly had my eye on the clock. But now I have the great luxury of going into my …

How children's literature shapes attitudes to Asia

By <b>Kerry Mallan</b><i>, Queensland University of Technology</i>; <b>Amy Cross</b><i>, Queensland University of Technology</i>, and <b>Cherie Allan</b><i>, Queensland University of</i> …

Children's Books

Different Drums: Embracing the Strange — The Horn Book

The Horn Book Magazine <i>asked Kristin Cashore, “What’s the strangest children’s book you’ve ever enjoyed?”</i><p>“So very annoying, this volcano,” says …

Books

"A good picture book can almost be whistled. All have their own melodies behind the storytelling." — Margaret Wise Brown (born May 23, 1910)

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How to Get a Western Look In Your Next Film Project

For a western film you may need authentic props. Maybe you need a cool location. Maybe you need an Arri Alexa with anamorphic lenses. Maybe you need …

Picture Book Alliteration

Picture book alliteration always annoys. Well, not <i>always</i>, but it’s getting there. I’ve been thinking a lot about picture books since I wrote a new …

Josh Funk | Children's Book Author

website<p>https://www.joshfunkbooks.com/lesson-9<p>Josh Funk | Children's Book Author<p>Josh Funk is the author of Lady Pancake & Sir French Toas and other …

The Heart and the Bottle: A Tender Illustrated Fable of What Happens When We Deny Our Difficult Emotions

A gentle reminder of what we stand to lose when we lock away loss.<p><i>“Children … are the most attentive, curious, eager, observant, sensitive, quick, and generally congenial readers on earth,”</i> E.B. White famously asserted in an interview, admonishing: <i>“Anyone who writes down to children is simply</i> …

Books

The Making of Grandad’s Secret Giant, with the Award Winning David Litchfield.

10th April 2017<p><b>David Litchfield is an award winning children’s author and illustrator: His books are always something to look forward to, and after</b> …

Stand Up To Dragons

Re-reading ‘The Paper Bag Princess’On my desk beside me is a slim, square book with yellowed pages, a copy of <i>The Paper Bag Princess</i>, by Canadian …

Books

Samantha Hunt’s Six Picture Book Authors

With picture books, there’s a question: Is this only for children? I am a grown woman who devours picture books because they mobilize new...

Books

The Worse That Threatens

made no move to turn on the oven or the space heater to warm our apartment. This was part of my morning custom, but...

Books

Beware – This Post Includes Banned Illustrations!

By: Beate BjørklundThe land of the free and the home of the brave, the United States of America, supposed leader of the free world, is (surprisingly) …

United States

China cracks down on foreign children's books

Chinese publishers have reportedly received orders that the number of foreign titles being printed must be cut to prevent an ‘ideology inflow’<p>Winnie-the-Pooh, Peppa Pig,Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and even James and his Giant Peach are feeling the heat in China amid reports of a Communist …