Carle Honorees on Today’s Picture Book Renaissance

Picture book author Tara Lazar gives us a peek into the Eric Carle Awards. Ed Young’s statement about creating sanctuaries for impoverished inner souls is a beautiful testimony to the heart of the artist. My morning is made.

Writing for Kids (While Raising Them)

Tonight the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art will present the winners of its prestigious Carle Honors. One recipient is selected in each of four categories: Artist, Angel, Mentor and Bridge.

I asked the honorees to answer one important question about the state of our craft and business, and I hope to elicit more responses from attendees this evening.

Children’s literature has experienced a renaissance of sorts in the last few years (as if people are rediscovering an art form that never faded away). What in particular makes picture books more relevant today than ever before?

Ed Young, Artist

Shadows dancing on cave walls by the crackling fire pit where an oral story is told under a starry sky….

Fast forward to a lone finger sliding make believe pages on a tiny screen where words and pictures are viewed in silence in pre-ordered sequences.

Yes, progress indeed has been…

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