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 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 a surprise reprise from over nine years of archives.