PiBoIdMo Day 24: Agents Love Picture Books

Originally posted on Writing for Kids (While Raising Them):

I asked the kidlit agents participating in PiBoIdMo as your “grand prizes” to tell us why they love picture books. Their answers are sure to inspire!


Heather Alexander, Pippin Properties
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Picture books are easy to love because they are tiny little windows that offer beautiful glimpses out into the whole, wide, wonderful world, and into hearts like and unlike our own.

Stephen Fraser, Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency
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I do love picture books! There is nothing more satisfying that to find a picture book manuscript which has been carefully crafted to share a story with the youngest readers.  The Impressionist painter Pierre Auguste Renoir said that painting is “making love visible” and I can’t help thinking that is why some picture books are so endearing and everlasting. They make the love we feel for our children, our grandchildren, and the children within us very visible. It is a true craft which needs to be learned and…

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PiBoIdMo Day 24 Part Two: Vesper Stamper Chooses a Reality

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When I was growing up as a latch key kid in New York, two things formed my sense of place and identity in the world: my grandfather’s freckled arms and my picture books. There is something about visualizing a chosen reality that is so vital for kids as they transition from the Waldorf educational concept of the childhood dream-world to the brass-tacks world of adults. In a picture book, the world is presented as navigable, even through challenge. Whether the challenge is fear of closing one’s eyes to sleep, or losing a favorite bunny, or getting through the classic Grimms’ three-challenge arc, kids need to know that on the other side of something insurmountable is a green valley brimming with potential.

I am currently in the MFA program in Illustration as Visual Essay at School of Visual Arts, and most of the work I’m doing is a departure from my usual picture book work that you see here…

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The New Century is Found

pearlz:

Ever written a found poem?

Originally posted on Ripple Poetry:

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Art by ZedettaArt – song lyric in cut out shape

Star Song

The new century promises
the eternity of song.

Holding binoculars
in every mood.

A bunch of flitting fireflies
liveth here.

A telescope can show you
songs I’ve heard.

Beyond the asteroid  belt
lie songs like grass.

The giver said
to be a backyard sky watcher
simply go outdoors
and look up to
see creation’s music.

Come and see the road map
locate the Southern cross.

Constellations can be
bright and easy to find
melodies of earth and sky.

Crowds and cities pass away
in journeys from star to star.

(c) June Perkins

 

Today I created a found poem,  using some of the Jigsaw poem technique.  With the Jigsaw poem Sidman uses a found poem and reshapes the poem.

With the found poem any document that is not a poem is used to construct a poem.  It…

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Invitation Poem

pearlz:

As the weather heats up it seems a relief to invite the visit of Autumn.

Originally posted on Ripple Poetry:

Beckoning Autumn

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Come bring your burnt orange, golden yellow and burnished red leaves.
Bring us much needed relief from the heat wave malaise.
Remember your invitation to wear light jumpers and dressy leather boots.
Loosen your leaves to reveal the sculptural shaped trees on the horizon.
Let the fading days of summer whisper afternoon autumn jazz with mocha.

(c) June Perkins

This is an invitation poem.

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PiBoIdMo Day 20: Henry Herz Becomes a Sponge (plus prizes!)

pearlz:

Looking for inspiration for a writing life and picture books, where better to start than the natural world. Loved this post from Henry Herz.

Originally posted on Writing for Kids (While Raising Them):

by Henry Herz

Everything I know about writing picture books, I learned from animals.

Animals make great picture book characters. Just ask the Very Hungry Caterpillar. And animals offer authors and illustrators nine B’s of inspiration for creating PBs:

Be a sponge.

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Soak up everything around you. View, listen, sniff, taste, and feel. Watch people (in public, not with a telescope from your house), read books (especially picture books), and watch TV and movies. Take notes. Even the most mundane situations can unexpectedly feed your muse.

Be a sharktopus.

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OK, that’s not a real animal, but I’m making a point here, people. Combine elements into unlikely (and therefore hilarious) pairs, as in Doreen Cronin’s Click Clack Moo: Cows That Type. Practice riffing on the things you soak up. I did a classroom reading where this boy had a torn-up sneaker. I thought, picture book title: The Boy With…

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