Daily Archives: January 15, 2016

A Picture Book for Newbery! (REJOICE!)

Today I am reblogging a post I thought would interest you. I’ve talked about Tara Lazar before, that PiBoIdMo was created by her, that she’s a picture book author. (I reviewed her book The Monstore on February 18, 2014.) She’s a smart cookie, this Tara Lazar.
Enjoy this informative article written by her.

Thanks for reading, and Creative Musings! 🙂

Writing for Kids (While Raising Them)

If you’re seeking to understand the significance of yesterday’s Newbery Medal being awarded to a picture book, grab a cuppa and settle in.

laststop Photo courtesy of author Carter Higgins from AlltheWonders.

Five years ago, The New York Times published an article that caused consternation among picture book creators: “Picture Books No Longer a Staple for Children.” In fact, the words within plunged a dagger directly into our hearts.

Parents have begun pressing their kindergartners and first graders to leave the picture book behind and move on to more text-heavy chapter books. Publishers cite pressures from parents who are mindful of increasingly rigorous standardized testing in schools.

It felt as though No Child Left Behind was leaving we authors and illustrators behind. A children’s bookseller was even quoted as saying that picture books sat languishing on their shelves, dying sad little deaths.

OUCH.

As a parent of young…

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