Writers are notoriously withdrawn and even shy. The idea of having to ‘put yourself out there’ can be tantamount to having to tap dance in front of a firing squad.
– Author Billy Coffey*
Art and literacy activism: With a spray can, some wheat paste and a ‘classic’ or two, street artists ‘read between the lines’!
With one foot still planted in Paris (and a typing hand newly transplanted to New York!), I’ve been doing a lot of thinking lately… about childrens’ literature in general and about French picture books in particular. Vive la différence!
Or, The Sound of ‘Science-dropping’! *
Setting my bags down in NYC after living years upon years in France, where kids swirl and sip science like a good Bordeaux, I was eager, upon arrival, to do a kind of local taste-tour myself.
… Or, From Bandersnatch to Boson, words that kids can bite into!
The strongest and most vibrant picture book is the one that stays on our shelves, defying time and transcending age. It is an enduring work that begs to be “grown into”, reread and re-interpreted as time passes, as the best picture books often are.
“Combinations of ideas that would probably never occur to us may be easily suggested by a given rhyme.” – [Henry Lanz, The Physical Basis of Rhyme]
And so, my own attempts to interweave ideas, even the most rational, researched, and scientific ideas, through the most unlikely of mediums: rhyming verse.