A Bowl Full of Peace: An Illustration Timeline

Picture books aren’t that quick to make. Sure, there can be exceptions, but mostly they involve a lot of time and love and work. It can be years from start of a project to the book release, when you hope that thing you worked on for so long gets a good reception when it finally makes out into the world. I took a look back at events in the timeline of one of our new Fall picture books; A Bowl Full of Peace by Caren Stelson, illustrated by Akira Kusaka. Here now is a little window into one picture book’s timeline (from the Art Director’s perspective, of course):

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Librarian Prep Post for December

Leaves are falling off the trees, the air is crisp, and sweater season is in full swing. With winter right around the corner and the snow soon to fall, it’s high time for us to give you all the books you need to survive the ice. Grab a cup of cocoa, curl up by the fire, and check out our booklists and reader advisory for December!

December

December hosts Christmas, Hanukkah, Hour of Code, Red Apple Day, Monkey Day, Wright Brothers Day, Thank You Note Day, Cookie Day, and International Mountain Day.

Christmas Book List
Hanukkah Book List
Hour of Code Book List
Eat a Red Apple Day Book List
Monkey Day Book List
Wright Brothers Day Book List
Thank You Note Day
Cookie Day Book List
International Mountain Day Book List

See more Librarian Prep booklists, and other great content, here.

In Praise of Untidy Endings

By Amy Fitzgerald, Editorial Director, Carolrhoda

One question I consider when I’m deciding whether I want to publish a book is “Does it have a satisfying resolution?” Satisfying can have many different meanings, but in general I want readers to walk away from a book feeling that they had a complete experience—that they weren’t left hanging or cheated out of the climactic moments they anticipated.

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Ever After: The Perfect October Read

By Greg Hunter, Editorial Director, Graphic Universe

Vivi and Eva are two travelers in a countryside filled with the undead. The survivors of their world live behind barricades—and live in fear of the next attack. After a train breaks down, stranding Vivi and Eva between safe zones, the young women partner up to stay alive. Vivi is struggling with grief—and guilt—over the loss of her sister. Eva is hiding the start of a horrifying transformation. Together they’ll face intense heat, zombie hordes, and their own inner demons, searching for signs of life in a land of the dead.

Full of vivid, colorful artwork, Olivia Vieweg’s YA horror graphic novel Ever After is a poetic take on an enduring genre. Vieweg’s multidimensional characters are vulnerable but resilient, and the story of their uneasy friendship will stay with readers long after they have finished the book. Be sure to grab a copy before it’s time for Halloween reading!

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