Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Bunny Slopes preview at the School Library Journal

Chronicle Fall 2016 Preview Shows Off Unique Approaches for All Ages

It’s fall! Well, at least in the world of Chronicle Books. The publisher recently shared the anticipation of their next season releases with a gaggle of giddy librarians and booksellers.

Bunny Slope
My favorite book of the morning was Bunny Slopes by Claudia Rueda (Oct., 2016). It’s an interactive book in which readers help Bunny tackle the ski slope, from shaking the book to creating snow to tilting it so that Bunny can gain some traction to get down the hill. As the protagonist gets going a bit too fast, kids need to help by turning the book around.
Designer Amelia Mack reflected that “with so many interactive elements, creating the book often turned into a logic problem. For example, if the book is turned upside down to prevent Bunny from falling, how does Bunny move? Where does he land? Solving these problems often led to contemplating deeper questions, like how a book really works, or what guidance a reader needs in order to move forward.”
Link to SLJ

Friday, June 3, 2016

Picture books beyond borders

A happy package just arrived in the mail. It's amazing to see my books being reshaped in foreign languages, wearing beautiful signs I do not understand.

- Todo es Relativo in Korean
- A Veces in Korean
- Todo es Relativo in Chinese

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

FILBO 2016

The best part of Book Fairs is to get to see good friends from the picturebook world. Here at the Bogota International Book Fair in the company of Jutta Bauer from Germany, Roger Mello and Odilon Moraes from Brazil and Yolanda Reyes, Pilar Lozano and Ivar da Coll from Colombia.
Also, a generous display from Fundalectura, after my 2016 Andersen award nomination.

Friday, April 8, 2016

Congratulations to Groundwood Books

Groundwood Books was named best North American children’s publisher of the year at the 2016 Bologna Children’s Book Fair on April 4. This international award acknowledges the most significant publishers in each of the six areas of the world, who have most distinguished themselves for their creative and publishing excellence over the year, showing originality as well as professional and intellectual skills.

Congratulations to Groundwood for many years of publishing excellent and thought-provoking children's books.