Acclaimed children’s book authority Rob Reid creates the ultimate guide to choosing fun and funny stories to read with and to your children and grandchildren.With a concentrated look at the content and appeal of many different titles, he helps you find exactly the right books to share with young ones. More than simply a recommended reading list, the books in this guide assist with language development while also encouraging good reading habits, improved comprehension, and broadened vocabulary. Those looking for suggestions outside this book will find a "Hall of Fame" listing of notable children's literature authors for any age level. Featuring a comprehensive selection of stories for preschoolers, emergent readers, and children ready for chapter books, this guide is a go-to for parents, grandparents, teachers, and caregivers.
The book is broken down into five sections:
1. The Silliest PIcture Books
2. The Silliest Easy Readers
3. The Silliest Chapter Books
4. The Silliest Poetry Books
5. The Silliest Graphic Novels and Manga
The beginning section of the book contains A Parents Guide to the Benefits of Sharing Humor with Children.
And at the end of the book there is a Hall of Fame Guide to the Funniest Children's Authors and Illustrators. He gives you his top ten and explains what it is about their writing that makes them so funny.
Each section gives you the book information and a summary which often includes a snippet of text from the book. This book has a copyright of 2013. And the author has done a great job of compiling a resource of silly books both older and new alike!
I'm looking forward to getting my hands on some of these silly books that I have yet to discover.
Oh goodness. I've been having so much fun in my excitement creating new content and feeling honored about co-teaching with Barbara Bottner and having Mandy with us for the Craft and Business of Writing Children's Picture Books that I decided to have another look at this video that I made years ago of one Barbara's 41 books, Bootsie Barker Bites. Well Bootsie Barker Bites is one of my all time favorite books and is also how I got to know Barbara a little after she saw this review. It also turns out it is still in print, which is awesome because this book, like many of her books, truly is a classic.
Then yesterday I went to the bookstore and bought Barbara's latest 2014 book (#41) Miss Brooks' Story Nook (where tales are told and ogres are welcome) that is both a meta narrative (meaning an overarching story within a story about writing books) and a story of imagination and bullying, similar but also very different from this one. Barbara's writing covers a wide gamut of emotions from tender (Flower Girl) to raucously funny (An Annoying ABC). Miss Brooks' Story Nook is also one of Amazon's best books of the month for August if you want to check it out here.
I'm very much looking forward to reviewing Miss Brooks and more of Barbara's books, learning from her and the students in this new course that I'm hoping some of you will take the leap of faith and join us in. Here are some of the newer materials that we'll be talking about and teaching that this book embodies - quirky characters and plots, the power of no, and page turning pacing. So anyway, here's the video. I hope you enjoy it and maybe even leave a comment. Oh and look for the rule of 3s that appears a few times. :)
Yours in children's book creativity ~ Mira
Mira Reisberg is the founder of the Children's Book Academy. She has a Ph.D. in Education and Cultural Studies with a focus on children's literature. She is also a former university professor who has taught children's literature survey courses, art education, and writing and illustrating courses to future teachers and now successful authors and illustrators. Like Barbara, over the years, Mira has mentored many now very successful students. Watch for her in the upcoming Craft and Business of Writing Children's Picture Books interactive e-Course starting September 8th, which she will be co-teaching with Barbara Bottner, assisted by the wonderful Mandy Yates, and in the free webinar this Friday the 22nd right here where she'll be talking lots more about getting quirky.
PICTURE BOOK AGENTS
Adams Literary – Tracey Adams
Adams Literary – Josh Adams
Amster Lit – Mary Cummings
Andrea Brown Literary Agency – Jamie Weiss Chilton
Andrea Brown Literary Agency – Jennifer Laughran
Andrea Brown Literary Agency – Jennifer Mattson
Andrea Brown Literary Agency – Jennifer Rofe
Andrea Brown Literary Agency – Kelly Sonnack
Andrea Brown Literary Agency – Lara Perkins
Andrea Brown Literary Agency – Laura Rennert
Andrea Brown Literary Agency Caryn Wiseman
Barry Goldblatt Literary – Barry Goldblatt
Bookstop Literary – Kendra Marcus
Bradford Literary Agency – Natalie Lakosil
Catbird Productions- Kirsten Hall
CATugeau – Chris Tugeau (I believe it’s illustrators only.)
Corvisiero Agency – Samantha Bremekamp
Creative Authors – Isabel Antherton
Curtis Brown – Elizabeth Harding
Curtis Brown – Ginger Knowlton
D4EO Literary – Bree Ogden
DeFiore and Company – Laurie Abkemeier
Dunham Literary – Jennie Dunham
Dunow, Carlson & Lerner – Edward Necarsulmer IV
Dunow, Carlson & Lerner – Henry Dunow
Dunow, Carlson & Lerner – Jennifer Carlson
Dystel & Goderich Literary Management – John Rudolph
East West Literary – Deborah Warren
Eden Street – Liza Voges
Erin Murphy Literary Agency – Erin Murphy
Erin Murphy Literary Agency – Tricia Lawrence
Folio Literary Management- Emily van Beek
Foreword Literary – Sara Sciuto
Foundry Literary + Media – Stephen Barbara
Full Circle Literary – Adriana Dominguez
Full Circle Literary – Stefanie Von Borstel
Gillian MacKenzie Agency – Gillian MacKenzie
Gina Maccoby Literary Agency
Greenburger and Associates – Brenda Bowen
Greenhouse Literary Agency – John Cusick
Hannigan Salky Getzler – Carrie Hannigan
Hansen Literary Agency – Judith Hansen (Website launching soon)
Hen & Ink – Erzsi Deak (Currently closed to submissions)
Hummingbird Literary - Mira Reisburg
Ink Well Management – Charlie Olsen
Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency – Jennifer Weltz
Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency – Laura Biagi
Jennifer DeChiara Literary Agency – Linda Epstein
Jennifer DeChiara Literary Agency – Marie Lamba
Jennifer DeChiara Literary Agency – Stephen Fraser
Jill Corcoran Literary Agency – Jill Corcoran
Liza Royce Agency - Liza Fleissig
Marsal Lyon Literary Agency – Kathleen Rushall
Martin Literary Management – Clelia Gore
McIntosh & Otis – Christa Heschke
Nancy Gallt Literary Agency – Marietta B. Zacker
New Leaf Literary & Media – Joanna Volpe
Olswanger Literary – Anna Olswanger
Painted Words – Lori Nowicki
Pippin Properties – Elena Giovinazzo
Pippin Properties – Heather Alexander
Pippin Properties – Holly McGhee
Prospect Agency – Rachel Orr
Prospect Agency – Teresa Kietlinski
Red Fox Literary – Danielle Smith
Rodeen Literary Management – Lori Kilkelly
Rodeen Literary Management – Paul Rodeen
Rubin Pfeffer Content – Rubin Pfeffer
Sadler Children’s Literary – Jodell Sadler
Sadler Children’s Literary – Jessica Akin
Sanford J. Greenburger Associates – Brenda Bowen
Sanford J. Greenburger Associates – Faith Hamlin
Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency - Jessica Sinsheimer
(Doesn’t say on the website, but according to twitter she accepts pb)
Scovil Galen Ghosh Literary – Ann Behar
Sean McCarthy Literary Agency – Sean McCarthy
Sheldon Fogelman – Janine Hauber
Sterling Lord Literistic – Erica Rand Silverman
Sterling Lord Literistic – George Nicholson
Stimola Literary Studio – Rosemary Stimola
The Bent Agency – Brooks Sherman
The Bent Agency – Gemma Cooper
The Bent Agency – Susan Hawk
The Chudney Agency – Steven Chudney
The Ethan Ellenberg Literary Agency - Ethan Ellenberg
The Ethan Ellenberg Literary Agency – Evan Gregory
The Herman Agency – Ronnie Ann Herman
The Unter Agency – Jennifer Unter
Transatlantic Literary Agency – Fiona Kenshole
Transatlantic Literary Agency – Jennifer Starkman
Tsunami Worldwide Media – Melissa McComas
Upstart Crow Literary – Alexandra Penfold
Wells Arms Literary – Victoria Wells Arms
Wernick & Pratt – Emily Mitchell
Wernick & Pratt Agency – Linda Pratt
Wernick & Pratt Agency – Marcia Wernick
Writers House – Brianne Johnson
Writers House – Daniel Lazar
Writers House – Rebecca Sherman
Writers House – Stephen Barr
Writers House – Steven Malk
Writers House – Susan Ginsburg
Hullo all, we've been cooking up some exciting stuff at the Academy that I can't wait to share with you. A free live interactive webinar here on what New York editors have said that they wanted scheduled for August 22nd, and an exciting updated iteration of the Craft and Business of Writing Picture Books that will not only have our awesome Mandy co-teaching with me, but also the FABULOUS Barbara Bottner who is not only a major best selling author herself but has taught many of the greats!!! Click here to find out more and make sure that you don't miss out.
Meanwhile, I've been really missing doing my Mondays with Mira video reviews, which is how this blog started out years ago. Those of you who have taken courses with me here at the Academy, probably know my assistant Leda. Well Leda's boyfriend works in the digital games field and and Leda loves games, which of course has made me more open to them. And yesterday I made a video review of the fabulous Roxie Munro's Amaze Ways picture book for you all here on this blog. It's an extraordinary book for younger kids introducing them to different environments and the world at large through super creative and accessible maze games. I hope you enjoy this book as much as I do.
I also wanted to share this super inspiring video about games and about adding 10 years to your life. While it might seem a smidge off topic, I know that there's stuff in here that's relevant for us children's book people, just can't say what right now. If you can figure it out, let us know. :)
Finally, to see more of Roxie's unique work, visit her website www.roxiemunro.com where you can learn more about her and her books, apps and games :)
And don't forget to sign up for our free webinar, even if you can't attend so that you can get the replay.
We are so excited to be mixing things up at CBA, beginning with some delicious additions to the Blogfish. Meet our awesome new bloggers!!
Here's our lineup:
1st Mondays begin with Clear Fork/Spork editor/art director, & CBA Director Mira Reisberg PhD who is handing her Mondays over to awesome former now trad. pubbed students to widen their audience.
2nd Mondays will feature super smart Melissa Stoller whose career is taking off with several new books.
3rd Mondays will feature Bryan Patrick Avery, published writer, man of mystery, and professional magician among other things.
4th Mondays feature funny Aussie author Sharon Giltrow sharing awesome Aussie books.
And 5th Mondays will feature Libyan American author Koloud Tarapolsi sharing wonderful diverse books.