My anticipation for Dr. Seuss's birthday is at an all-time high. On March 2nd, children's books and the act of reading to children is viewed as a cause for celebration. Schools, communities, and retailers (Target has activities planned for Feb. 25) plan events and activities to allow children and families to have fun with some of most beloved children's books of all time. Adding to the excitement this…Continue
Added by Eric Van Raepenbusch on February 22, 2012 at 7:23am — No Comments
I can't take complete credit for this birthday post. My daughter turned my simple idea for an activity into something really special for her great-grandparents. In fact, this wasn't the only time this week that I was impressed by the ideas of children. I was lucky enough to have a few children check out one of my current book projects. Their ideas helped me make a few key changes to my illustrations which really improved those pages. I find the creativity and thoughtfulness of children…Continue
Added by Eric Van Raepenbusch on February 21, 2012 at 7:48am — No Comments
Happy Valentine's Day! My children are beyond excited to have a party at school and to pass out their Valentine's Day cards to their friends. We added a some extra fun to Valentine's Day this year by celebrating Phyllis Root's birthday with many great books and some creative cookie baking.
Phyllis Root is the author of over thirty books for children including many …
Added by Eric Van Raepenbusch on February 14, 2012 at 7:16am — No Comments
Imagine a stack of one million books. Now imagine that they are all the same book. (For my friends in the 12 x 12 Writing Challenge, just for fun, imagine the book as a published form of one of your own manuscripts. Ahhhh.......OK! Back to reality!) Actually, the enormous stack of books you are imagining isImogene's Antlers by David Small. It has sold over 1,000,000 copies since 1985…Continue
Added by Eric Van Raepenbusch on February 12, 2012 at 8:14am — No Comments
There are various levels of planning that go into each of my birthday celebrations -- traveling to multiple libraries, reading numerous books to my children to find the book that "pops", thinking of an activity to bring the book to life, and so on. My approach to developing a blog post is in stark contrast to how Stephen Gammell creates a book. A friend once told him that his illustrations"looked like they just happened before you turned the page." He responded by saying,
Added by Eric Van Raepenbusch on February 10, 2012 at 8:07am — No Comments
Discussed in this video:
- BIG thank you to everyone of my readers. January was the best month ever for the blog.
- Children's Author Birthdays - Judith Viorst (Feb. 2), …
Added by Eric Van Raepenbusch on February 6, 2012 at 9:37am — No Comments