Sunday, August 26, 2012

Coming This Week!

Week of August 26, 2012—A Canon of Picture Books
Quote of the week:
There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate’s loot on Treasure Island.
—Walt Disney

Back in January, at the Florida SCBWI Winter Conference in Miami, I heard Lin Oliver speak. Lin is the co-founder and executive director of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. One thing that Lin said has been percolating in my brain since that conference—Develop your own canon of literature that means something to you.”

Since canon can be defined as a standard rule or criterion, I was left wondering how to develop a canon for myself. What standard rules, what criterion, would I use if I were developing my canon of literature, or of children’s literature, or specifically of picture books?  My thinking is still in flux, but I love the question.

Let’s think deeper this week about what standard rule or criterion could be used to determine what books should be in a canon of picture books.

Monday—Quotes to Guide Our Path
Tuesday—Discovering Books that Shaped America
Wednesday—Remembering a Proclamation
Thursday—Developing My Criterion
Friday—Join in the Process

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