Reading Starts Here with Candlewick Press's New Website Dedicated to the Love of Picture Books
Almost two years ago, Julie Bosman wrote an article that appeared on the front page of the New York Times titled Picture Books No Longer a Staple for Children. I took issue with her reporting and interpretation of statistics and wrote this piece Picture Books: A Dying Breed or Just Misunderstood? in which I shared my picture book experiences as a bookseller and mother and asked my readers to share theirs as well and a great dialogue followed. Picture book authors also spoke out after this article appeared. A Proclamation! created and signed by an impressive roster of picture book authors and illustrators proved to be a fantastic manifesto. Next, picture book author and illustrator Matthew Cordell sent out a Challenge! asking readers to "reawaken your love of picture books" and go to a BOOKSTORE and spend some time in the children's section and "find something incredible (it ain't hard.)"
Now, Candlewick Press, a publisher of consistently high quality picture books (as a bookseller and story time reader, Candlewick was one of the first publishers I took note of, long before I had a blog, and made a point of seeking out their titles because of their incomparable quality), from story to illustration to design and production values, is spearheading this movement with the launch - TODAY - of a website called Reading Starts Here. As a way of honoring the importance of picture books, Candlewick will feature a year long video celebration of picture books at this website.
And, here are just a few of the fantastic picture books that Candlewick has published over the years (and that I have reviewed...)