In the educational world, P.I.E. stands for Persuade, Inform, and Entertain. And teachers all around the nation teach this thing called author’s purpose because it is a standard or objective that they must teach that is in their curriculum. Plus it is a reading objective, not a writing objective. But trying to teach author’s purpose isolated from writing is a really bad idea and it's what causes great teachers to start making posters of cute pieces of pie with sweet little labels titled: Persuade, Inform, and Entertain.
While writing can fit into these three categories, the idea that they only fit into three is quite….amusing, laughable, ridiculous, absurd. Especially when you tell this concept to a group of writers who aren’t teachers.
There are so many other verbs to use when describing authors purpose:
Authors write to:
describe, tell, show, convince, list, define, explain, discuss, prove, advertise, teach, encourage, give an example, warn, amuse, point out, share, present, help, demonstrate, give, reveal, introduce, enlighten, illustrate, communicate.
But even these verbs are just the beginning. They are verbs that describe the final product once you’ve done all the revising and editing.
But what is an author’s real purpose?
I think the real question, the deeper and more rigorous question we need to start asking kids, is why do writers write? I think we need to be able to answer that question before even thinking about boiling it down to an author’s purpose.
So what’s your author’s purpose?
Why do you write?
edI'm very thankful that I was given the opportunity to take part in a committee that will create a Best of 2015 Rhyming Picture Book list and awards!
After reading and scoring all the nominated books, the committee narrowed it down to the top ten finalists.
On December 4th, RHYPIBOMO Founder Angie Karcher will announced the winner and honor books in NYC on KidLit TV as well as on her blog https://angiekarcher.wordpress.com/. This will be a very exciting event!
In the meantime, check out the top ten finalist (listed in no particular order.)
I apologize for the delay, but I will be sending out my Mondays with Mandy or Mira post later on this evening!
When one of our illustration students said she was taking a trip to the Frankfurt Bookfair, I said, Oooooh. Then I asked her if she'd do a guest blog post for us. And lucky for us she said yes. So here it is!! By the way, Sanne's work is equally awesome to anything she posted below, so do check out her website. Thank you Sanne!
For many illustrators here in Germany, September and October is the time to update their websites, have new cards printed and add fresh work to their portfolios.
Every year in October, the Frankfurt Bookfair opens its doors. For two days for trade visitors, authors and illustrators, then three days for the public. It is the largest fair of its kind worldwide.
Unlike Bologna Children's Bookfair, it is traditionally a fair for 'adult' books, but with a whole hall only for children's books, there's more than enough to look at in one day.
There's an abundance of stunningly beautiful picture books!
For the CBAblog, I took along my camera this year, and took some pictures of some of my favourites.
There are some booths that are especially beautiful. This year, my favourite was that of Bohem Press, a Swiss publisher, who produces exquisitely designed picture books.
In this one, 'Der goldene Käfig' (The Golden Cave) by Anna Castagnoli, pictures by Carll Cneut I admired the originality of composition of every single double spread. Just try to find the main character on the cover! Also the color palette is very unusual: Mainly subdued yellows, little orange an red and some black – and off-white paper.
The handlettering is not only found on the cover, but several times throughout the book. There's even one double spread containing only hand lettering!
Very loose, sketchy drawings contrast with the exquisite paintings.
The next one that caught my attention is a new interpretation of good old 'Little Red Riding Hood' by Roberto Piumini, illustrated by Elena Temporin.
Here I love the simplicity of the cover, and the combination of fonts.
I love the composition of this...
Then there's 'Schnip', a story about a little bird who doesn't dare to fly, by Claudia Lagermann, illustrated by Hanneke Siemensma.
I think what I love so much about this is is the contrast between the sophisticated painting style and the simplicity of the little characters. They're not much more than two spheres with a beak and a dot for an eye, yet so full of expression and – yes – grace.
And here I've chosen yet another one from the same publisher: 'Marie und die Dinge des Lebens' by Tine Mortier, illustrated by the incredible Belgian illustrator Katie Vermeire. A very deep and thoughtful book about a little girl and her grandmother, about age, illness and death.
The next one is a piece of American history: 'Lindbergh', by German author illustrator Torben Kuhlman. It's the story of Lindbergh, the first, well, mouse to cross the Atlantic ocean in an aircraft.
It was published by NordSued, another Swiss publisher.
Here's the cover:
It's been made to look really vintage, which matches the style of the traditional watercolor paintings and the subject of the book perfectly.
The last one I add, I love for its simplicity. 'Das Herz des Affen' (The Monkey's heart) by Anja Nikolajetz Aladin-Verlag) impresses by its minimalistic yet powerful (and joyful!) pictorial language. Simple colors and patterns, thick black outlines and a lot of white space in what looks like woodcut technique. Great fun!
So much for now, but of course this is only a tiny, tiny glimpse of what was there.
See you there next year!
Sanne Dufft lives with her family in beautiful Tübingen in the south of Germany. She is an illustrator and author who loves looking at other artists' picture books, and creating her own. She is a member of SCBWI Germany/ Austria and the winner of the 2015 SCBWI Europolitan Portfolio Award.
This year, she was delighted to find her first own picture book on the shelves at Frankfurt Bookfair ('Der Sandelefant' written by Rinna Hermann).
While working on this post, she participated in the CBA's wonderfully inspiring 'The Craft and Business of Illustrating Children's Books' course.
You can find her work at www.sanne-dufft.de or (and!) follow her on twitter @DufftSanne
Who doesn’t love a website that that gives you resources, tips, and tricks for doing things more efficiently?
I discovered three helpful lists that can be applied to your own writing (and reading) career. Check out the links to read the full article about each list.
10 Lists to Keep If You Want to Be Successful
10 Reasons Why People Who Read A Lot Are More Likely To Be Successful
10 Habits Successful People Give Up to Increase Their Productivity
We are so excited to be mixing things up at CBA, beginning with some delicious additions to the Blogfish. Meet our awesome bloggers!!
Here's our lineup:
1st Mondays begin with awesome Aussie debut author and former student Amanda Lieber who will be focusing on Aussie kidlit.
2nd Mondays will feature super smart Melissa Stoller whose career is taking off with several new books.
3rd Mondays will feature STEM, STEAM & SEL obsessed author Kourtney LaFavre sharing delightfully dorky, quirky, and fun info.
4th Mondays will be a mystery for right now.
And 5th Mondays we'll be taking a break