Beautiful Fall Titles

Now, I know I'm always going on about how beautiful Simply Read Books are, and I suppose it is possible to assume that I have some inherent bias ... so let the books speak for themselves:

Singing Away in the Dark
written by 
Caroline Woodward 
and illustrated by Julie Morstad.

The Boy in the Oak by Jessica Albarn.

The Melancholic Mermaid written by Kallie George with illustrations by Abigail Halpin.

All three titles are from the Simply Read fall list and can be seen at their BEA booth this week.  Also check out their new blog.


A World Tour of Children's Bookshops

Over at We Heart Books, Katie and Lou are compiling a list of the world's greatest children's bookshops.  I've contributed a couple of suggestions to the comments list (Kidsbooks in Vancouver, Ella Minnow in Toronto and Benjamin's Books in Rothesay/Saint John).

I was going to say something about what nice window displays Kidsbooks always does and then I remembered that I had this photo from one in particular... (thanks, Janice!)

Stop by We Heart Books and take a look at their list and add your favourites to the comments.  I've already learnt about one I plan to visit next time I'm in Toronto: The Flying Dragon Bookshop.


No One Wants to Read Books by Girls

Do you suppose if they get enough youtube hits, someone will actually market these Brontë Sisters Power Dolls?  Because we'd buy them.

Video produced by Phil Lord and Chris Miller. 


Books, Life, Fairy Tales, Libraries

Neil Gaiman talks about books, life, fairy tales and libraries here: "I was an awkward child -- ill-fitting, uncertain -- and I loved my local library with a passion ...."


The Picture Book Problem

Writing a picture book 
is like writing War and Peace 
in haiku.                    
          Mem Fox

Spotted this in the comments on a discussion of writing children's books on the blog of literary agent Elana Roth (line breaks my own).  

In a post titled "The Picture Book Problem," Roth writes:
There is clearly a problem with picture books these days. Conferences are loaded with people who feel driven to write them. (I've polled people before and it feels like 75% of the room is there because they write picture books. Some day I'll ask them exactly WHY they feel so compelled to do this.
Perhaps compulsion is the right way to think about it ... really you should not try to write a picture book unless you feel compelled to do so.