By Julie Chibbaro We are all familiar with the way hashtags can create movements, and #ownvoices is one of those movements. #Ownvoices defines for readers books about marginalized characters that are actually written by marginalized authors, as opposed to, say, a white author co-opting a person of color’s experience. The multi-talented author Lyn Miller-Lachmann has … Continue reading Why Respectful Writing Matters: Interview with Lyn Miller-Lachmann
By Ruta Rimas When people think of children’s books, the first type that usually pops into mind is picture books, the often large-trimmed delights of young childhood, sometimes (but not always) read at bedtime. Most adult readers can fondly look back upon their youth and recall a few favorites books, the ones that transformed them … Continue reading Burning Questions About Book Publishing: What’s the deal with children’s books?
by Kristen Holt-Browning I try to hike at least a portion of the Pocket Road trail here in Beacon at least once a week. On my last couple of walks up the trail, I’ve been leaving my headphones and podcasts at home, and instead paying extra careful attention to the rapidly evolving foliage, and the … Continue reading Language and Landscape
By Ruta Rimas The cover of a book is by far its most valuable marketing tool, and many ideas (and opinions) factor into the final design. Publishers want unique, eye-catching book covers. Ask yourself what makes you pick up a book, and that is the very question publishers ponder at every stage of the design … Continue reading Burning Questions About Book Publishing: How is a book cover created?
by Kristen Holt Browning I’ve never been a fan of the “books are good for you” school of thought. Books are not broccoli, and poems won’t make you virtuous. Plenty of social scientists disagree with me. Recent studies found that readers of literary fiction do better at recognizing, understanding, and inferring others’ feelings and emotions, … Continue reading Empathy for the Reader