Monday, January 25, 2016

Bonus Recommendation!

Here’s a book that’s already changed how I think about picture books:

In READING PICTURE BOOKS WITH KIDS, Megan Dowd Lambert brings us new ways to think about the visual aspect of picture books. She begins with trim size and orientation, then goes on to identify (and explain) book covers and jackets, endpapers, title pages, gutters, and more. Most interestingly, she’s got me thinking about what’s taking place beyond the art that's depicted on the page. Even though her main focus is to help librarians and teachers share picture books more successfully with kids, writers and illustrators will also be able to use this knowledge to better understand the elements in the picture books we are reading and making.

It’s a thought-provoking discussion, with plenty of art to illustrate points being made. And a pretty quick read, as well.


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