Tuesday, May 8, 2012


Day 3 of CHILDREN'S BOOK WEEK - With Margot Finke

Seven Authors
from
Guardian Angel Publishing

( affectionately known as GAP )
 

 Are still Blogging their Hearts Out
for

Children's Book Week

May 7th - 13th, 2012

(See list of other GAP bloggers below)
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GAP Authors also offer 2x FREE GIFTS

WIN


A cool tote bag of books by GAP authors

+
a FREE Picture Book Critique - by me!

 
Don't forget to sign up to WIN!

( entry form at the end of this post ) 

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So. . .  let's get to it, mates.

 My Topic for
Today,
 Wed, May 9th



Classic Children’s Books – Both Old and New

In Memory of a giant in the world of writing and illustrating books for kids:
Scary, funny, weird -  just the way kids liked it.
Maurice Sendak
 Of course.  Who else?

Every writer of children’s books wants their book to become a classic.  They want today’s kids to love and reread their books until they are tattered and dog-eared with use – right? Then, it’s handed on down to the kid’s kids, and so on, through the generations.  A classic book has been around for decades.  It is read, reread, and then handed down.  If it goes out of print tears are shed, and frustration mounts. Second-hand bookstores are rifled in panicked searches for
THE BOOK!

So, what makes them classics?  There are millions of books out there, but few are considered classics.  Classics are the ones we actually remember: the cover, some of the words, the way we felt when it was read to us. What mystic magic did the author and illustrator call on to infuse their writing and images with such long term evocative feelings?

Perhaps they did one or more of the following:

  • Dreamed up characters that all kids identify with.
  • Wrote a plot and characters that parents didn’t mind rereading every night – like the fun of Dr Seuss for instance.
  • Illustrations that drew you into the story, and glowed with life, fun or mystery.
  •  Developed a matchless instinct for using the right art and words in the right order.
  • Were themselves still kids at heart 
  • Loved weaving stories, and sprinkling characters with their own brand
    of fairy dust.
  • They had fantastic imaginations, PLUS the know-how to write it all downin unforgettable paragraphs, pages and verses.
  • Or simply wrote and drew what they wanted to have read to them when  they were small, or scared, or in need of comfort.
Who knows the mixture of alchemy and magic that helps someone concoct a classic story?  It simply happens over time.  The right tale, told with the right words, art and sentiments, printed with care, and bound with love.

This Video has me reading the beginning of my latest book
"Taconi and Claude Double Trouble." I chat about the
Aussie outback setting for this historical adventure,
and that I grew up in Australia. 
I hope it also becomes
a classic.

You can find wonderful classic book titles on PINTEREST:
 http://pinterest.com/margotfinke/hook-kids-on-reading/
  on my “HOOK KIDS on Reading” space, or on many other Pinterest pages.  OR - begin a Pinterest “classics” page of your own.

Here are a few of my all time favorite classic children's books:
Frog and Toad (any of them)
Roald Dahl – his all rock!
Willy the Wimp - Anthony Browne
Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carrol
Winnie the Pooh
Beatrix Potter collection
Jungle Book, Ruyard Kipling - older kids.
The Graveyard Book, Neil Gaimen - if old enough.
The Gruffalo, Julia Donaldson, Axel Scheffler
Where The Wild Things Are, Maurice Sendek
Peter Pan, J M Barrie
Mother Goose - Rosemary Wells
The Dancing Tiger, Malanchy Doyle
 But Not The Hippopotamus
Time for bed by Mem Fox
Wow! Said the owl by Tim Hopgood
Where the Sidewalk Ends
A Pizza the Size of the Sun
The Little Red Hen by Byron Barton
 Henry and Mudge (all)
Oh the Place You'll Go
Go Dog Go – great for beginning readers.
Mouse Mess by Linnea Riley
The Fox and the Hen by Eric Battut
No by Claudia Rueda
Is your mama a Llama? by Deborah Guarino 

Read these and other classic books.  Imbue your conscious and unconscious mind with the  words, phrases, plots and characters that make up a classic book.  Let them marinate, and enrich your writing heart and soul. It takes time, experience and talent to produce a fine wine.  It also takes time, talent and experience to give birth to a classic book. But trust me, mates, the pain of the contractions are worth it!

And do please add YOUR favorites to the comments below.


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NOW .

Surf on over to some of the other
Guardian Angel Bloggers

and enjoy their Children's Book Week posts.

 

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Entry during the Children's Book Week celebration by Guardian Angel Publishing does not guarantee winning the FREE tote bag of Guardian Angel Publishing books, or the FREE picture book manuscript critique by Margot Finke. Winner of the FREE picture book manuscript critique by Margot Finke shall not hold Ms. Finke liable in publication success of submitted picture book manuscript.


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