From PW: 2020 Halloween Reads for Kids and Teens
From LitHub (via Nathan Bransford): Ramona Quimby and the Art of Writing From a Kid’s Mind - Annie Barrows on How Children Discover the World (with some of the best said advice I've ever read:
"There are certainly other ways to write a good children’s book; it is possible for a narrator to be part of the tale in a non-oppressive, non-colonizing, non-grown-uppy way. But to me, the best children’s books, like the Ramona books, are the result of serious unselfishness, even humility. The author sets up the furniture, props the door open, and then covers herself with an author-cozy and disappears, leaving the entertainment to be directed, acted, and understood by the kid-characters. The wise and kindly adult who interprets the meaning of the action or, worse, teaches the befuddled youngster an improving lesson—that person is banished in great kids’ literature. The main characters, the kids, learn things on their own."
From Tracy Marchini (via Nathan Bransford): How it feels to be an agent right now.
13 Witch Books for Kids of All Ages
Spooky (But Not Too Scary!) Books for Middle Grade Readers
From Smithsonian Magazine: THE WOMEN WHO SHAPED THE PAST 100 YEARS OF AMERICAN LITERATURE
From LJ (Library Journal): Books That Answer, "How Did We Get Here?" (Politically)
From The Los Angeles Review of Books: The Artist or the Emperor? Cultural Appropriation and Children’s Classics
From American Indians in Children's Literature: Tips for Teachers: Developing Instructional Materials about American Indians
From HuffPost: 25 Children's Books That Teach Kids About Elections And Voting
Five Finalists Named for 2020 National Book Award in Young People's Literature
Jacqueline Woodson Named a 2020 MacArthur Fellow
From SLJ's 100 Scope Notes: Step Up Your Spooky in 2020
Books on Film: The National Book Festival Motherlode These are but a few of the children’s book authors who recorded videos for the 2020 National Book Festival, and you can now watch them all over at the Library of Congress site.
ILLUSTRATORS' TREEHOUSE NEWS
COMPETITION: York County Storm Drain Art (open until Jan. 8, 2021 - $200 award)
EVENT: 2020 AIGA Design Conference (online)
EVENT: Adobe Max The Creativity Conference, October 20–22 FREE!
EVENT: Many of the Lightbox sessions are now available for free online HERE
PARTICIPATE: AIGA VOTE Campaign
From PW: The Fanatic (Graphic Novel newsletter)
Are you familiar with the illustrator Art Wink?
Are you familiar with the Picturebook Makers Blog? It's a great way to see what sort of work is admired right now!
Do you follow C.F. Payne on Instagram? (WOW!)
Print & Pattern:
Trend Watching: Greeting Cards: Tesco Part 1
DESIGNER - pattern book
Are you familiar with the work of Jess Karp? (One of my students turned me on to her!)
From Bobby Chiu: The (not) Rule of Thirds
From Muddy Colors:
Reference, Exactly with Tommy Arnold
Gouache Blending Demonstrations
10 THINGS…10 DAYS TO A BREAKOUT PAINTING
“THE SCORPKIN BATTLE” DRAWING VIDEOS with Justin Gerard
The Directory of Illustration has some new promotional packages available
From CGM Academy: October newsletter
Are you familiar with the work of Alfred Wallis?
OFF TOPIC BUT INTERESTING
From Inside Higher Ed: "Institutional Awe" Makes for Bad Leadership
From NPR: School Attendance In The COVID Era: What Counts As 'Present'? (I know I've been struggling with this one!)