In case you weren’t aware—IT’S PICTURE BOOK MONTH! I’ve been heavily involved in the Kidlit World of Picture Books for decades now, but hadn’t known of this more-than-worthwhile celebration ’til last year when I got more immersed in Twitter and social media. And OH, what a celebration it is! Between this and PiBoIdMo (Picture Book Idea Month, of which this is my first year as a participant), picture book lovers are swimming in the format! 🙂
Author and Founder of Picture Book Month, Dianne de Las Casas, along with Co-Founders Katie Davis (author/illustrator), Elizabeth O. Dulemba (author/illustrator), Tara Lazar (author & founder of PiBoIdMo), and Wendy Martin (author/illustrator) got this ball rolling. An added pleasure is the logo artwork by one my favorite author/illustrators, Joyce Wan. This is a celebration near and dear to my heart because I am an avid advocate of the print picture book (and print books, in general), which is what this is all about.
Since its inception in 2011, the Kidlit world has been blessed with poignant, moving posts—one for each day of the month—about the value of printed picture books. This year’s picture book “posts of love” began with author/illustrator Aaron Becker. His exquisite expression of the value of the printed picture book moved me to tears, as have other posts in the past. Located on the sidebar of the Picture Book Month blog, you can “follow” in order to receive each memorable post by email, or access the archives where you can luxuriate in reading past posts by esteemed authors and illustrators who have shared their feelings about this valuable, irreplaceable art form.
Though November is the official month to promote the print picture book format, I consider it a year-round celebration 😀 Long live the printed picture book!
That’s how I feel about it, and I’d love to hear your thoughts about printed vs. digital picture books 🙂