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Where a book can go! Check out the 7 different kinds of puppets used to create the performance of How to Train Your Dragon, from shadow puppet to full animatronic. 

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INTO THE WOODS by ~RachelCurtis

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INTO THE WOODS by ~RachelCurtis

Feb 9

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Kelly Murphy

As featured in the NY 2012 SCBWI Conference over the weekend the amazing illustrators of the Book Maker’s Dozen. Follow their blog and see what they are up to. Aileen Leijten, Boris Kulikov, Brett Helquist, Brian Floca, Dan Yaccarino, David Gordon, John Bemelmans Marciano, John Rocco, Peter Brown, Sean Qualls, Selina Alko, Sergio Ruzzier, Sophie Blackall
I love seeing a group of illustrators working together to stay inspired and form a community. The hardest part of being a freelancer is the constant alone time. It’s so important to find your own community. 

As featured in the NY 2012 SCBWI Conference over the weekend the amazing illustrators of the Book Maker’s Dozen. Follow their blog and see what they are up to. Aileen Leijten, Boris Kulikov, Brett Helquist, Brian Floca, Dan Yaccarino, David Gordon, John Bemelmans Marciano, John Rocco, Peter Brown, Sean Qualls, Selina Alko, Sergio Ruzzier, Sophie Blackall

I love seeing a group of illustrators working together to stay inspired and form a community. The hardest part of being a freelancer is the constant alone time. It’s so important to find your own community. 

World Book Night


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.

Jan 6

9 Factors That Make A Picture Book Successful

via @TracyMarchini

Jan 6
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Been toying around with the idea of an Alice in Wonderland illustration for awhile now. Here’s my take on the mad hatter.

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Been toying around with the idea of an Alice in Wonderland illustration for awhile now. Here’s my take on the mad hatter.

Jan 4
Are you going to join the Picture Book Dummy Challenge this year? Be part of a group of illustrators all working along the same time line to complete their picture book dummy. Receive words of encouragement as well as inspiration through blog posts and weekly twitter chats with the other participants. Follow the hashtag #kidlitart on twitter Thursday nights at 9pm. If you aren’t convinced yet here is one success story from last year’s Challenge.  Everyone is welcome!
via @BonnieAdamson and @WendyMartinArt and @Matusic

Are you going to join the Picture Book Dummy Challenge this year? Be part of a group of illustrators all working along the same time line to complete their picture book dummy. Receive words of encouragement as well as inspiration through blog posts and weekly twitter chats with the other participants. Follow the hashtag #kidlitart on twitter Thursday nights at 9pm. If you aren’t convinced yet here is one success story from last year’s Challenge.  Everyone is welcome!

via @BonnieAdamson and @WendyMartinArt and @Matusic

Sets of Three

More reviews from 2011 neatly organized in themed Sets of Three from Bookie Woogie! 

via @aaronzenz

How one illustrator, Roxie Munro, translated her books into e-books. Here is the making of an e book from the Association for Library Service to Children Blog. 
via @roxiemunro 

How one illustrator, Roxie Munro, translated her books into e-books. Here is the making of an e book from the Association for Library Service to Children Blog

via @roxiemunro 

"In 1962 Ezra Jack Keats started a quiet revolution that in its own way had as much influence as some of the decade’s louder protests. An author and illustrator, Keats published “The Snowy Day,” about a small boy’s delight in his first snowstorm. Nothing radical there. But the story differed profoundly from virtually all the mainstream American picture books preceding it: Peter, the little boy, was black.”
Read the rest of Laurel Graeber’s article “Homage to a Picture-Book Rebel” here. 

"In 1962 Ezra Jack Keats started a quiet revolution that in its own way had as much influence as some of the decade’s louder protests. An author and illustrator, Keats published “The Snowy Day,” about a small boy’s delight in his first snowstorm. Nothing radical there. But the story differed profoundly from virtually all the mainstream American picture books preceding it: Peter, the little boy, was black.

Read the rest of Laurel Graeber’s article “Homage to a Picture-Book Rebel” here. 

Dani’s Favorite Books of 2011

I’m a Shark by Bob Shea

…because when I picked it up in the bookstore, I snorted out loud I was laughing so hard.

Reed Gunther TPB by Shane and Chris Houghton

…because I was thrilled to see one of my favorite fun all-ages webcomics be picked up by a publisher.

Red Wagon by Renata Liwska

…because I can look at Liwska’s adorable artwork all day, and the story has so much charm.

Nursery Rhyme Comics by lots of awesome people

…because when there are this many awesome artists featured in one book, you must buy it. It’s a rule.

I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen

…because it is pretty much a perfect picture book.

Favorite Picture Books of 2011 from Casey

The editors here at Picture This would like to share with you five of our favorite books of 2011.

Here are my five favorites:

Zita The Spacegirl Written and Illustrated By Ben Hatke

My son and I picked this up from our library, yes our library rocks enough to have fabulous graphic novels! (Talk to your librarian today about getting a healthy graphic novel section.) We couldn’t stop reading and wound up returning it late. It is due to be part of our permanent collection. Ben Hatke’s story is complex yet able to be enjoyed by two year old. The full cast of characters each tug on your heart strings for their own uniqueness. Sure to be enjoyed by all ages. 

You Will Be My Friend

You Will Be My Friend Written and Illustrated by Peter Brown

We were lucky enough to go to a book signing to get our hands on this book. Peter Brown is a fun speaker. He kept all of the kids in the audience entertained. We enjoy this story for its characters with big personalities, use of speech bubbles that look cut and pasted onto each page, and the many choices of spread layout from close ups to mapping. This story makes us giggle and we love Lucy. 

Little Pig Joins the Band

Little Pig Joins the Band Written and Illustrated by David Hyde Costello

Little Pig Joins the Band is a delightful tale about a little pig finding how he can participate with his older siblings. With each spread we see a new instrument and how it is paired with one of Little Pig’s siblings. Climaxing with how Little Pig fits into the band. As the story progresses the text provides funny little quips to keep the adult entertained. David Hyde Costello and written and illustrated a winner, sure to keep any reader marching along.

Tricky Fox Tales

Tricky Journeys #3 Tricky Fox Tales Written by Chris Schweizer and Illustrated by Shelli Paroline

Who didn’t love choose your own adventure stories? Here is a choose your own adventure comic! This is one in a series of choose your own adventure comics. Chris Schweizer weaves many different ways for this story to travel and Shelli Paroline’s did a fabulous job illustrating out each of those possibilities and carefully crafting each of the characters. 

Just Being Audrey

Just Being Audrey Written by Margaret Cardillo and Illustrated by Julia Denos

This eloquently written and beautifully illustrated book perfectly captures Audrey Hepburn. It rings true to any fan and simply explains this woman to a new audience, allowing a whole new group of girls to look up to her. I found this story so encouraging from its messages always be true to yourself and kindness is priceless. Julia Denos’s illustrations tenderly stand beside Margaret Cardillo’s words. Making a brilliant partnership for a book about Audrey Hepburn. 

My criteria for choosing these books is based on the books reaching my hands, their entertainment for my reading them with my son or their lasting message that touches my heart, and their power to be read over and over again. 

Did you know Calef Brown sells his original paintings on Etsy? 

Did you know Calef Brown sells his original paintings on Etsy