Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Friday, January 14, 2011
As the Executive Director of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, a non-profit international organization of 24,000 professional children's book writers, illustrators, publishers, editors and agents, I have to express dismay at the decision this week of NBC's Today Show not to run the traditional interviews with the winners of the Newbery and Caldecott Medals. The books that are granted these prestigious awards represent the best of what we have to offer children---great storytelling, strong values, a legacy of literature and hope and high-minded ideals. What they elected to run in that spot, an interview with reality star Snooki, represents the exact opposite.
In choosing not to run the interviews with Clare Vanderpool and Erin Stead, television has once again underestimated the intelligence of its audience. Parents are dying to get their hands on good books for their kids. Booksellers are eager to sell and promote good books for kids. It's good business, good broadcasting and good ethics to honor the best books for children.
Executive Director, SCBWI
Monday, January 3, 2011
Sunday, January 2, 2011
Saturday, January 1, 2011
Sometimes and Always ~
Sometimes clouds don’t part in the sky.
Sometimes water comes up chin high.
Sometimes snow doesn’t melt on your face.
Sometimes life seems no colder place.
But always you should know that the worst is almost over.
Always the storm passes and the wind blows over.
Always you will find that things fall exactly into place.
Always the sun will shine with a smile on your face.
So keep your chin up, your luck’s about to change.
Keep your chin up, my friend, a new beginning is in range.