“Those first words that I read by myself are intimately and forever bound to the art that appeared above them. It was as if the art were the doorway and it ushered me toward the words waiting on the other side.
Every few decades an illustrator comes along who breaks down barriers. The artist’s work is not simply “commercial art” or “illustration” or “for children” or “editorial”. In fact it defies being boxed in. It is just too glorious. Just too well done. Just too heart felt. Just too damn good. His work is all of those things and “fine art” and “master paintings” and “accessible”. As rare as this occurs in the art world, rarer still is to have that artist unfolding and creating in “our time”. No art history books necessary. You can come and see him and hear him talk about his work. I wouldn’t miss it for the world. I don’t call him Kadir “Freakin’” Nelson for nothing. -:)
Click up top on Title of post for link to The Carle for info. The night before is a Museum members reception. If you can’t make these dates, the exhibit is on until May 6th.
We need book-loving volunteers to fan out across America on April 23, 2012! Just take 20 free copies of a book to a location in your community, and you just might change someone’s life. Please sign up by Feb. 1.
The goal is to give books to new readers, to encourage reading, to share your passion for a great book. The entire publishing, bookstore, library, author, printing, and paper community is behind this effort with donated services and time.
The first World Book Night was held in the UK last year, and it was such a big success that it’s spreading around the world! Please volunteer to be a book giver in the U.S. Sign up now to be a book giver.
It is an exciting day for children’s book illustrators, writers, and enthusiasts everywhere: the Caldecott and Newbery Medal and Honor winners were announced today at the American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting.
Taking home the Caldecott Medal for children’s book illustration was Chris Raschka, for his wordless picture book, A Ball for Daisy.
A Ball for Daisy by Chris Raschka (Schwartz & Wade, image via The Horn Book)
I have worked with and continue to work with many people I met in college. The Don’t be a jerk speech, while it seemed like such a simple lecture when I was eighteen, became more meaningful as the years went by. Whether you work in animation, or some other industry, the truth of the matter is that you will probably run into many of the same people over and over again. Sometimes you’ll work with them, sometimes for them, or sometimes they’ll work for you. You may need to get hired by one of these people, or work together on some important project. The point is your paths will probably cross many times.