I was talking to two of my friends during our recent playgroup about our children's favorite picture books and how it can be difficult to decide which ones to get.
I have read around 650 picture books since the start of the year (yep, 650, you can check my Goodreads profile here) and have been obsessed with reading and writing picture books for a while, so, they felt that maybe I could come up with some suggestions.
Instead of sending them an email I decided to turn it into a blog post for the greater good of humankind (aren't I grand). And now they will have to read my blog, maybe even leave a comment. Thanks, Jo and Chantelle.
They were even coerced into an awful, I mean, awesome photo during our last playgroup session.
So here is my:
Totally Subjective Best Picture Book Buying Guide Before Christmas
We also talked about which picture books we find appealing as opposed to our kids.
It is interesting, no matter how much I try to push some of my favourite stories my children’s way, it just doesn't work.
Me: "Let's read 'Where the Wild Things Are"
Them: "Nope! Not that one!"
Not interested, ouch! It almost feels like a personal rebuke.
There are many reasons they do no like a particular book (yet) they may not be cognitively ready for a story like that, or it doesn't involve their favourite TV characters OR animal OR colour OR vehicle, and it may not appeal to their personality. Children can get really enamored by the same story for months, long after parents have tired of reading it.
So, my bedtime rule is, they can pick one or two stories each and so can I. That way they have discovered stories they wouldn't have picked out themselves but ended up really liking (or NOT), and they have satisfied their need for repetition and getting to know a favourite story intimately while discovering new things on subsequent readings.
A few notes to go with the list:
Independent Book Stores in Brisbane
Black Cat Books - Paddington
Avid Reader - West End
Riverbend Books & Teahouse - Bulimba
Mary Ryan's - Bulimba, New Farm, Milton, Toowoomba
First the important things:
Brisbane City Council Library, George Street
November and December, 2013
I have been a silent member of the BIG (Brisbane Illustrators Group) online page for a couple of months. I have mostly lurked fascinated and faintly intimidated by the talented illustrators roaming the online group. But when I needed some help with one of my illustrations when applying for an ASA mentorship, the support was immediate and valuable. One of these days I might get up to courage to attend one of their meetings.
The exhibition launched Friday, the 8th of November at the Brisbane City Library and was opened by Peter Allert. The exhibition includes established and upcoming Brisbane illustrators. A diverse range of styles and media such as Photoshop, watercolour, calligraphy, and combinations of these are on display. All the art is beautifully presented in glass display cabinets with more illustrations displayed on the walls.
Above: Anil Tortop and two young audience members are put on the spot by Peter Allert for a game of 'Finish that Squiggle".
Here is a visual taste of what you can discover at the Brisbane State Library this November and December:
Above left and right: Tanya Hempson and her aliens on vacation.
Above left and right: Peter Taylor and a selection of his work on display, a range of breathtaking calligraphy and artist books.
Above left and right: A selection of work by Lucia Masciullo (Queen Alice's Palaces).
Above left and right: Anil Tortop and some of her illustrations.
Above left: Artwork by Katherine May bove right: Peter Allert and one of his illustrations using watercolour pencils.
And I will finish with a 'selfie' of me and my Kidlit buddy Rebecca Sheraton at the end of an evening enjoying Brisbane's finest illustrations.
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