Monday, April 26, 2010

Monday, April 19, 2010

Best Sellers

This week's best sellings children's books from the New York Times:

1 THE EASTER EGG, written and illustrated by Jan Brett. (Putnam, $17.99.) A story of caring and the hatching of spring. (Ages 4 to 8)

2 LEGO STAR WARS, by Simon Beecroft. (DK, $21.99.) An annotated visual dictionary. (Ages 7 and up)

3 THE LION AND THE MOUSE, illustrated by Jerry Pinkney. (Little, Brown, $16.99.) A fable of reciprocal kindness, redrawn. (Ages 4 to 8)

4 DISNEY’S ALICE IN WONDERLAND: THE VISUAL GUIDE, by Jo Casey and Laura Gilbert. (DK, $16.99.) A movie tie-in. (Ages 8 and up)

5 POET EXTRAORDINAIRE!, by Jane O’Connor. Illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser. (HarperCollins, $12.99.) Fancy Nancy’s fancy turns to rhyme. (Ages 4 to 8)

6 MY GARDEN, written and illustrated by Kevin Henkes. (Greenwillow/HarperCollins, $17.99.) A little girl’s garden yields a bounty of magical variety. (Ages 4 to 8)

7 OLLIE'S EASTER EGGS, written and illustrated by Olivier Dunrea. (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $9.99.) Goslings separated from the eggs they decorated hunt for their missing booty. (Ages 4 to 8)

8 THE JELLYBEANS AND THE BIG BOOK BONANZA, by Laura Numeroff and Nate Evans. Illustrated by Lynn Munsinger. (Abrams, $15.95.) Friends work together in a quest for the perfect book. (Ages 4 to 8)

9 GALLOP!, written and illustrated by Rufus Butler Seder. (Workman, $12.95.) Animals seem to move when you flip the page. (Ages 4 to 8)

10 MISS BROOKS LOVES BOOKS! (AND I DON'T), by Barbara Bottner. Illustrated by Michael Emberley. (Knopf, $17.99.) A reluctant reader rejects every offering until she finds an unconventional idol. (Ages 4 to 8)

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Sketch of the Day

Nothing special -- a doodle on my notes from my last job interview.

Monday, April 12, 2010

The iPad Meets the Children's Book

On launch day last Saturday, Apple sold more than 300,000 iPads—and users downloaded more than one million apps and more than 250,000 ebooks from the iBookstore. Parents immediately started snapping up picture book apps from Apple's online store. In fact, children's stories held six of the top 10 paid iPad book-app sales spots as of press time.


Publishers and app makers are taking widely different approaches to the burgeoning app market, with some instantly jumping on the iPad bandwagon and others waiting to see how many moms and dads let their kids read stories on a $499 device.

Read the whole thing at Publishers Weekly.

Sunday, April 04, 2010

Saturday, April 03, 2010

Toon Books iPhone App

Titles currently available are Jack and the Box by Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Art Spiegelman and Little Mouse Gets Ready, a Theodor Seuss Geisel Award Honor book, by Jeff Smith.


This is a collaboration between TOON Books and iStoryTime, a publisher of children’s storybooks for the iPhone.

Electronic media are a big part of children's books' present and future, although I don't believe they can replace the physical books themselves. The pages of a book can be much easier on the eyes than a computer screen!

Children's Book Day

I am a day late because our internet was down, but happy Children's Book Day!