Posts Tagged "children’s book illustration"

Seeing What We Can’t See

Posted by on Mar 27, 2012 in Changing White Mind, For Educators, Race & Culture | 2 comments

Seeing What We Can’t See

Just discovered a cute pack of 9 board books, the Baby Days Collection, published in 2007 by Little Scholastic, full of adorable baby faces of all colors. But I was flabbergasted by the inner photos in Baby Bathes. Take a look:     Is it really possible that no editor ever noticed the progression of babies by skin color, and the subliminal message it conveys: a black baby = “time for a bath,” a white baby = “clean baby?” (Stunning that the middle photos intensify the effect, with the baby’s skin lighter in the 3rd spread.) Has no one at the publisher...

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Encounter

Posted by on Mar 12, 2012 in Family & Friends, For Children's Book Creators, For Educators | Comments Off on Encounter

Encounter

Yesterday I spoke on a panel for an SCBWI New England event on using marketing consultants at the Eric Carle Museum in Amherst, Massachusetts. Lovely to make the trip with Kirsten Cappy of Curious City, and writer-illustrator Cathryn Falwell. During lunch we got to spend a few minutes viewing the exhibit of Kadir Nelson paintings published in the book, We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball. The illustrations are stunning, and the exhibit far more so, because the actual oil paintings are huge. Entering the gallery, you encounter the life-size figure of catcher and slugger Josh...

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Thanks

Posted by on Aug 29, 2011 in Family & Friends, For Children's Book Creators | Comments Off on Thanks

Thanks

Wow, amazing to see that, as of this morning, this quiet little corner of the blogging world has gotten 10,000 hits . If I remember my stats correctly, more than half of them have come this year, the last quarter of the 2 1/2 years I’ve been posting. I never set out to keep one of those personal up-to-the-minute blogs with daily I-can’t-wait-to-see-what-she’s-saying now posts. (I’m in an alternate universe: I don’t have a Facebook account, I don’t use Twitter, I don’t even use a cell phone.) Instead, my intention has been to build an archive of...

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A Week of Comics

Posted by on Aug 25, 2011 in Comics & Graphic Novels, Family & Friends, For Children's Book Creators, Korean Books & Culture | 2 comments

A Week of Comics

At the beginning of August, I got to spend an entire week in the Cartooning Studio, an intensive workshop for adults at the Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction, Vermont. What fun! My goal was to further develop the graphic novel that my daughter Yunhee and I have been creating, a fictionalization of her middle school experience – being teased, loving to read and draw manga (Japanese comics), and learning to stand firm in her identity, including being Korean and adopted. It’s called Manga Girl. Here’s one of the images I went in with: and here’s what I...

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The Skin I’m In: A First Look at Racism

Posted by on Jul 12, 2011 in Changing White Mind, Diverse & Global Books, For Children's Book Creators, For Educators, Race & Culture | 2 comments

The Skin I’m In: A First Look at Racism

A reader (thanks, Reena) brought this book, The Skin I’m In: A First Look at Racism by Pat Thomas, to my attention. In an Amazon search, it’s the only picture book I found that directly mentions racism as the topic of the book. Age: 4-8 First lines: page 6 “Imagine a world where only people with blue eyes could go to school. Or a world where only people with brown eyes could get a job.” (Double-page illustration of a classroom full of happy, active children – oddly, all with reddish hair, and all white-skinned except three with brown skin – and a...

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