A little more than a year ago, The New York Times wrote an article making the erroneous claim that picture books were “dead.” I’m not even going to link the article because I don’t want to give it credence. Many authors, illustrators, agents, editors and others in the kidlit industry responded swiftly and decisively, myself included, to say, “It ain’t so!”
That’s why I was thrilled to see some of the best authors in the business pronounce November 2011 as the first annual international Picture Book Month. I love what the founders say about the inspiration for Picture Book Month: “We are doing this because in this digital age where people are predicting the coming death of print books, picture books (the print kind) need love. And the world needs picture books. There’s nothing like the physical page turn of a beautifully crafted picture book.” And that is so true. Picture books that create a perfect marriage between the words and the illustrations are nothing short of magic. To support the effort, I’ve become an Ambassador of PB Month per the badge on my blog’s sidebar. You can too. Just go to the website and you’ll find many ways to celebrate and spread the word.
Picture Book Month coincides so well with Picture Book Idea Month (PiBoIdMo) which is now officially underway – woo hoo! I’m glad to stir the cauldron of ideas swirling around in my head in order to scoop some out. Don’t forget that after PiBoIdMo, I’ll make an official announcement of the 12 x 12 in 2012 challenge to take one PB idea per month and write a complete draft. Sign-up will begin in December.
In the spirit of the month, I’ll mention three picture books that my kids have been enjoying in the lead-up to Halloween: ROOM ON THE BROOM, by Julia Donaldson, ALIENS LOVE UNDERPANTS, by Claire Freedman, and THE THREE LITTLE ALIENS AND THE BIG BAD ROBOT, by Margarent McNamara.
Which picture books have you enjoyed reading lately? If you haven’t read any recently, what is one of your favorites?