Tuesday, May 28, 2013


Report on Picture Book Panel Discussion Event at the outstanding Politics and Prose Book Store in 
Washington D.C.

"‘You motivate kids to be readers by giving them something great to read. It's as simple as that,’ said Mr. Scieszka…”

If you live in the greater Washington D.C. area, or are visiting, the must-see book store is Politics and Prose on Connecticut Avenue NW. There you will find not only a wide and diverse collection of books for children and teens, but Politics and Prose also hosts many interesting author and book events—we know because the NCBLA has experienced the staff’s warm hospitality first hand!

Karen MacPherson, the children's/teen librarian at the Takoma Park Maryland Library, recently reported  on a fascinating panel discussion that took place at Politics and Prose. Panelists included: author and children’s literature historian and expert Leonard Marcus; Neal Porter editorial director of Neal Porter Books;   authors Marc Barnett, Meg Medina, and Jon Scieszka;  and author/illustrators Christopher Myers and Laura Vaccaro Seege.  

FromMacPherson’s Scripps Howard News  column:  

"Picture books are stories told in two languages -- text and art. A third language is added by putting these things together as the story is read," said Mr. Marcus, who moderated the Politics & Prose panel.

The panelists agreed that digitized picture books are a poor substitute for the physical, print version.

"Digital books break a lot of the magic that makes picture books," Mr. Barnett said. "The page turn, for example, is a basic piece of language in picture books. That's how you show surprise and suspense. But, in digital books, the page turn is a fake" because all you do is slide your finger across a screen.

Read the full article at: http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/ae/books/childrens-corner-picture-books-for-children-still-popular-689394/  

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