Oh, how I love the Vintage Kidsâ€™ Books My Kid Loves blog. A feast for the eyes, I enjoy the richness of these illustrations and the memories they stir. Not of my own childhood. I had curiously few books, primarily those that could be purchased at a grocery store or dime store. These are books I remember shelving in the St. Louis Park library in my first and best-ever job.
On her April 13th blog entry, Burgin Streetman talks about Gorky Rises by William Steig, published in 1980 by FS&G. â€œThe fact that publishers got behind him and children embraced him really shows that no matter how quirky or abstract your art may be, if it’s created with love and vision, it will stand the test of time.â€
Speaking of William Steig, the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Museum (an absolute treasure) in Wausau, Wisconsin, is featuring â€œWilliam Steig: the Man Who Never Grew Upâ€ from April 17th through June 20th. The Woodson Museum tries to feature at least one exhibition of childrenâ€™s illustration art each year and they do an excellent job. We saw a double feature of Denise Fleming (on hand, demonstrating how she makes paper â€¦ oh, my) and Wendell Minorâ€™s illustration art a couple of years ago.
Speaking of Wendell Minor, we hope youâ€™ve scoped out the new video interview with Wendell talking about his 2009 book with Jean Craighead George, The Last Polar Bear (HarperCollins), a book about the environment and the children of Alaska helping polar bears adapt to a new environment. The video is on the CLN home page, in Through the Lens. For a sneak preview of the new Wendell Minor showcase page on CLN, mosey on over.
Speaking of publishing, Publishers Weekly reported yesterday (Jim Milliot) that â€œa staggering 764,448 titles were produced in 2009 by self-publishers and micro-niche publishers, according to statistics released this morning by R.R. Bowker.â€ Although output of traditional books fell about 1,500 titles in 2009, childrenâ€™s books rose â€œ6%, to 32,348.â€ Overall, including self-published books, over 1,000,000 book titles were published last year. Thatâ€™s numbing.
Speaking of numbing, eyeballs can take only so much. Until tomorrow â€¦