There's a well-known saying that quiet books don't sell but I'd like to disagree. Quiet books do sell, though usually not as well as raucous plot–driven books. However, books like Deborah Underwood's The Quiet Book and Dianna Aston's nature based metaphor-driven books have been very successful. Smaller more literary imprints tend to publish quiet books, win awards, and get loved on many levels. Now more than ever in this fast-paced world, quiet, reflective books are needed.
So what are the man qualities of a quiet book?
They're usually gentle concept books focused on a specific topic or idea (eg Baby Bear Sees Blue focuses on colors) or character-driven books with exquisite language and equally exquisite illustrations. Here are some oldies but goodies from when we were the Picture Book Academy. Let us know what you think of these or if you have any quiet books that you love.
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, former agent and former kidlit professor Mira Reisberg PhD who is also the Director of the Children's Book Academy.
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 will feature the fabulous debut author/illustrator Maggie Brown.
And 5th Mondays will feature the wonderful Ave Maria Cross