…in support of every kid’s right to read freely.
The American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression (ABFFE) will launch its Fund for Free Speech in Children’s Books with a Silent Auction on Wednesday, May 25, at BookExpo America. The ABC auction will feature more than 100 works of art by beloved children’s illustrators, including Barbara McClintock, Jerry Pinckney, Chris Raschka, Lane Smith, Mo Williams. An online preview of the artwork, including the above, is here.
The Illustration Friday topic for May 20, 2011 is SOAKED.
Elephant Entertains Eggplants
The Illustration Friday topic for April 29, 2011 is LESSON.
I know, but… too late to fix anything now.
It’s at the printer. And anyway, my editor seems happy…
Suggested Reading, Picture Books About Secrets: It’s a Secret, by John Burningham; The Secret Circus, by Johanna Wright; The Secret Shortcut, by Mark Teague; The Secret Birthday Message, by Eric Carle; Nasreen’s Secret School: A True Story from Afghanistan, by Jeanette Winter; The Day of Ahmed’s Secret, by Florence H. Parry and Ted Lewin; The Secret Garden, by Frances Hodgson Burnett, illustrated by Robert Ingpen.
spring when the world is mud-
luscious the little
whistles far and wee…
By E. E. Cummings
Suggested Reading, Picture Books About MUD: Mud Book: How to Make Pies and Cakes, by John Cage and Lois Long; Mudkin, by Stephen Gammell; Mud Pies and Other Recipes, by Marjorie Winslow & Erik Blegvad; The Piggy in the Puddle, by Charlotte Pomerantz and James Marshall.
Illustration © Ezra Jack Keats, from The Snowy Day,
first published by The Viking Press in 1962
Today, March 11, is the birthday of Ezra Jack Keats, 1916 – 1983.
I would not, could not, in the fog.
I could not, would not on a jog.
Yes, Blog, but it’s Dr. Seuss’s birthday today, so I thought it would be fun to play again!
That’s very good, Blog! You are so clever!
“If you want to pretend you’re shrinking, that’s all right,” said Treehorn’s mother, “as long as you don’t do it at the table.”
From The Shrinking of Treehorn
by Florence Parry Heide, drawings by Edward Gorey
It’s Treehorn week! Today is the birthday of illustrator Edward Gorey (February 22, 1925 – April 15, 2000), and author Florence Parry Heide celebrates hers on February 27th. She is interviewed about Treehorn here.
She Ate the Pea.
The Illustration Friday topic for February 18, 2011 is LAYERS.
… Then, before Lucie could stop him, Scribble scrambled into a Giant Thicket, where deep within he discovered the Princess Aurora, who had been asleep for One Hundred Years.
And when Scribble saw Aurora’s lovely, drowsy eyes and her rosy cheeks, he thought that she might be what beautiful was, and he longed to rescue her at once…
From Scribble, © Deborah Freedman 2007
© Deborah Freedman
Can you tell a story that starts with one LINE?
Suggested Reading, Picture Books About Lines:
Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson, Follow the Line by Laura Ljungkvist, Tommaso and the Missing Line by Matteo Pericoli, Lines That Wiggle by Candace Whitman, A Long Piece of String by William Wondriska, and Scribble, by me (Deborah Freedman)!
(Special p.s. to the children at McDonough School: I’m looking forward to meeting you!)
©Brian Wildsmith, the Oxford Book of Poetry for Children, 1963
Happy 80th birthday to Brian Wildsmith, who believes “that beautiful picture books are vitally important in subconsciously forming a child’s visual appreciation…”
*Visit Brian Wildsmith’s Website to learn more.
Suggested Reading, Picture Books About Snow: Katy and the Big Snow by Virginia Lee Burton; The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats; Footprints in the Snow by Mei Matsuoka; White Snow, Bright Snow by Alvin R. Tresselt Roger Duvoisin; The Snow Day by Komako Sakai; Snow by Uri Shulevitz.
I suppose you are right, Blog. It’s a new year,
and Blue Chicken is finished and off being printed.
I should start spending time with a new book
and a new character.
And you, Blog.
And Happy New Year Friends!
Are you beginning something New this Year?
E. E. Cummings
a wind has blown the rain away and blown
the sky away and all the leaves away,
and the trees stand. I think i too have known
autumn too long…
Suggested Reading, Picture Books About Colors:
The Color Kittens by Margaret Wise Brown, Alice Provensen, & Martin Provensen
The Black Book of Colors by Menena Cottin, Rosana Faria, & Elisa Amado
Full Color by Etienne Delessert
A Color of His Own by Leo Lionni, also Little Blue and Little Yellow
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin & Eric Carle
Hailstones and Halibut Bones by Mary O’Neill & Leonard Weisgard
Red Sings From Treetops by Joyce Sidman & Pamela Zagarenski
Lemons Are Not Red by Laura Vacarro Seeger
Blue Goose by Nancy Tafuri
Mouse Paint by Ellen Stoll Walsh
I’m collecting titles… do you have any color-full suggestions to add?
“… I became conscious that I was being haunted by a strange genius… Where he came from I cannot tell. At some time in his existence he must have wandered long in Alice’s Wonderland… He was sincerity itself, and he had the simplicity of a child combined with the wisdom of old father William. No mortal could compare with him for ingenuity and inventiveness. He could do wonderful things with a piece of knotted string. There was one thing he lacked and that was a sense of humour; perhaps this was not a loss, for strangely enough it made him all the more humorous. It seemed wrong, however, to laugh at one so earnest, so guileless and free from cynicism, but at times he was irresistible. Fortunately, he was far too busy to care whether I laughed or not.”
from W. Heath Robinson, My Line of Life, 1938
Illustration © W. Heath Robinson
Visit SurLaLune Fairy Tales to see more illustrations by W. Heath Robinson.