Sometimes we get so caught up in the craft of what we are doing and the hoops that often need to be jumped through for publication that we forget the why. Why do we want to get books in children's hands? What kinds of messages do we want to give kids about themselves and the world we live in?
Most editors are well-aware of the power of children's books to transform lives either through laughter and delight or through the sensitive exploration of ideas and experiences relevant to their lives. And like me, they are drawn to both kinds of books.Today I have a big soft spot for the second kind of book as seen in this sensitive exploration of farmer's markets through the eyes of a young boy.
The author/illustrator, Linda Knoll, was concerned that so many kids were disenfranchised from their food source and ignorant about how food is grown. She also wanted to shine a light on the wonderful world of farmer's markets. So she created the concept book - Patient for Pumpkins. It is a beautiful quiet book that combines both fact and fiction and was published by North Atlantic Press, who publish socially aware books. So let's have a look at how former student and current friend Linda Knoll created Patient for Pumpkins.
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.