The State of Picture Books

The Book Standard has an interesting article: Picture Books Fight Back: What the Publishing Industry Is Doing To Reinvigorate Illustrated Books about what is happening with picture books in book stores and publishing houses. I read with dismay that one of the tactics being looked at is more glitter and flaps. Those books are ok in their own way, but give me a solidly written and illustrated book and it can more than match the joy of a sparkly pink flap. I want a book that I can turn to time and again with my children and in my storytimes without fail. It takes a lot more than a sprinkling of fairy dust to get that. It takes talent.

Guardian Longlist

The Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize has announced their longlist:
Clay by David Almond (I really like the British cover much better!)
Framed by Frank Cottrell Boyce
Blown Away by Patrick Cave
A Swift Pure Cry by Siobhan Dowd
Fly By Night by Frances Hardinge
The Worst Witch Saves the Day by Jill Murphy
A Darkling Plain by Philip Reeve
The Survival Game by Tim Wynne-Jones