I finally finished putting together a huge presentation for a school writing festival on Friday. I gave the kids a pre-festival assignment and put their art in my presentation as well. The assignment was to design a book cover with certain criteria in mind. Here’s one of my favorites:
I mean, wouldn’t you want to read this book? What’s that thing about to eat the title? The humans look serious, yet the dog is wagging his tail. Or maybe that’s a cat. Who cares? I would read this book. This is from a 4th grader.
But meanwhile, I got a bit nostalgic, going through all the books I’ve contributed to over a 25+ year career. Remember In a Cabin in a Wood? Probably not, but it’s still one of my favorites, because of the friendship that created it and face it, it was a terrific idea! Darcie took an old song and added verses. And, havoc, which has always been my favorite theme:
You can find this book on eBay for about 10 cents, or $700, depending on when you look. It is not available in digital format, hopefully, since we haven’t released it yet.
And here is a little book I totally forgot about and is also out of print. I recalled how I had such a good time because the editor loved how I depicted that poor mama chicken waiting for Something to Happen:
I’m looking forward to the the festival, happy that there are schools in Oregon that still celebrate books and the people who create them. Hopefully at least a few of these kids will be inspired to become book creators, too.