Tuesday, January 4, 2011
A picture is worth a thousand words
My recent journey down memory lane via photos has reinforced my appreciation of picture books, particularly those of the wordless variety. The Jacqueline Preiss Weitzman and Robin Preiss Glasser trio of You Can't Take a Balloon Books (You Can't Take a Balloon Into the Metropolitan Museum; You Can't Take a Balloon Into the National Gallery and You Can't Take a Balloon Into the Museum of Fine Arts) capture my focus and imagination even when I don't have a child sitting on my lap. Last year's Caldecott Medal winner, Jerry Pinkney's The Lion and The Mouse, is another example where you get so lost in the visual storytelling that words are simply not necessary. Books like these are great reminders that children's book illustrators are tremendously talented artists and that art is a vibrant and magical form of storytelling.
The Children's Book Council has commissioned original art works from the biggest names in children's book illustration over the years to commemorate Children's Book Week, the longest running national literacy initiative in the country. Next year, during the holiday shopping season, we will auction off some of those amazing pieces to benefit Every Child a Reader, the CBC Foundation, whose mission is to promote the joy of reading. We are so excited to have this opportunity to share these brilliant works and to find them good homes. You'll hear more about this event next fall.