After Anita Silvey’s great, thought-provoking piece about picture books in SLJ this week, my reading-week mind has been working on picture books in the background, even as my notes to picture book writer after picture book writer say “Tighten it up!” And today, Chris Barton takes the thinking a step further. So much to chew on—this is part of why I like the wide-open spaces of reading week; it gives me more time to let ideas begin to gel. I hope they’ll gel into something worth adding to the discussion next week.
Tuesday I mentioned one book birthday—well, this week also brings a book birthday for a wonderful author, Anna Staniszewski—her debut, MY VERY UNFAIRY TALE LIFE! Please go watch the hilarious trailer, read the first chapter (UnFairy-Tale-Life-Chapter-1) for free, catch Anna giving advice about how to survive a unicorn attack, and, most importantly, buy the book! Happy book birthday, Anna!