Friday, November 4, 2011

Proclamation Inspiration

Hear ye! Hear ye! I found this posted the other day at B. Streetman's Vintage Kids' Books My Kid Loves. For the love of picture books--reading, writing, and sharing--and in the spirit of keeping the hands-on PB format alive, I pass it along. Thanks to those who drew up the original draft. A quick review of the authors listed reveals a gazillion of their books I want to get my hands on!

My favorite line? "Picture books look best when their covers face outward."

Happy weekend, everyone.


  1. This is beautiful! I agree with them somewhat, in that there are some picture books that seem "gimmicky." On the other hand, there are MG, YA, and adult books that do that, too. There are definitely still stunning examples of incredible picture books. The kind that create a huge impact. I kind of like the line, "We need a more robust criticism to keep us original." That's true in all genres and age groups as well. Picture books are not to be taken lightly. Is it any wonder that, years after growing up (and I realize that's a relative term), we still think fondly of picture books we were read at the age of 5. Five years old! That's crazy! And such a gift. Sorry to get long-winded, but this touches my heart this morning~ I'm doing early X-mas shopping for my little one, and I'm building her collection of picture books. Thanks, Kenda!

  2. This was great, Kenda! I've discovered a new site, thanks to you!

  3. There is just too much great stuff on your site, Kendra! Love it!!

  4. I love picture books, and I love most of the proclamation. I'm not sure I agree with giving kids strange dreams. Guess it depends on how you define "strange." I'd rather hear that a book inspired creative dreams. Anyway, regardless of the genre we write, I expect "robust criticism" is a good thing.

    (Great to see you on Saturday, Kenda!)