Saturday, November 10, 2012

What's going on: The Weekend Edition

Karen Robbins has a busy day today! First, she will be at the Picket Fence in Sumner this afternoon from 10-noon, signing Care For Our World.  Then she'll be at Chico's in Westwood Village signing Care For Our World and Shoe Print Art from 1-5pm.  Chico's is generously donating 10 percent of their sales to Soles For Souls during the four hours. Please bring a slightly used pair of shoes for S4S for the shoe collection.

For those of you who missed last Thursday's Professional Series Meeting at Seattle University, Rebecca Van Slyke has graciously sent her take on the "Hands-On Picture Books: Making a Great Re-Read-Aloud" portion of the evening:
Ben Clanton (Vote for Me!) gave an entertaining talk on how to write and illustrate picture books that make kids say, “Read it AGAIN!” at the end. He showed many examples of books that were interactive. Kids love to be personally involved in the story. Having a character directly interacting with them is exciting to the picture book-aged crowd (ages 4, 5, and 6— although older kids love these books, too.) These books have strong central characters, are relatable, and even a bit subversive. Specifically for illustrators, simple expressions, humorous exaggeration and a great interplay between words and pictures make for a winning book. Even white space is important, allowing for the child’s imagination to fill in the blanks. Examples of these RE-read-alouds are Mo Willem’s Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus and his Elephant and Piggy series; There are Cats in This Book by Viviane Schwarz;  The Monster at the End of This Book by Jon Stone; and Ben Clanton’s own Vote for Me! Looking at these books will help increase your manuscripts’ “read it again!” potential.

Upcoming: Please support our local published members with recent book releases this coming Tuesday, November 13 at 7pm at Inside Story at the Mill Creek University Book Store, an always-impressive showcase of writers and illustrators from our chapter.

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