There seems to be a resurgence happening in board books, which is super exciting for children's book creatives as they are lots of fun to do. Because they are for the youngest children - generally 0-2 or 3, they tend to be very simple short texts introducing kids to concepts like colors, animals, cars, farms, seasons, holidays, emotions etc. Language is usually fun and bouncy with great rhythm. Illustrations tend to be shape-based - bold, simple, and graphic making it easy for developing vision to differentiate between objects and follow along.
Novelty board books take the form to a whole other level as you'll see in this video as well as in my last Mondays with Mira below that in the video review of Paul Zelinsky's retelling of the Wheels on the Bus song. I hope you enjoy the video :)
We are so excited to be mixing things up at the Children's Book Academy. Mondays with Mandy or Mira is now the Blogfish!!
Here's our lineup:
1st Mondays will feature award-winning former agent and former kidlit professor Mira Reisberg PhD who is also the Director of the Children's Book Academy.
2nd Mondays will feature reading specialist and MFA in creative writing graduate Mandy Yates has been published multiple times in Highlights Magazine.
3rd Mondays will feature Bryan Patrick Avery, published writer, man of mystery, and professional magician among other things.
4th Mondays will feature the great Christine Taylor-Butler who has published over 70 award-winning fiction and non-fiction and nonfiction books including the acclaimed new middle grade series - The Lost Tribes.
And 5th Mondays will feature will feature the fabulous Carl Angel, award-winning multi-published Illustrator and graphic designer.
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