My favorite things from the SCBWI conference:
- My consultation with Lucy Ruth Cummins, an art director at Simon and Schuster. She was truly excited about my work and she gave me all kinds of useful suggestions!
- Getting a peek into Melissa Sweet‘s artistic process (and studio, via video!). She works so passionately and thoroughly on her artwork- her collage is pure play and her watercolors are exceptionally rich. Carmine: A Little More Red is now on my list of books to study (see below).
- Andrea Welch from Beach Lane Books shared ten questions she asks when considering a picture book, such as “Is the project emotionally engaging?” or “Does the story meet a developmental need?” Speaking of emotion, I teared up at her mere description of William Steig’s Sylvester and the Magic Pebble. What a great story.
Things I heard that stuck:
- “If I were to hang this on my wall, what would I want it to look like?” – Melissa Sweet
- “The creative muse likes rhythmic activities: walking, music, chopping vegetables…” – Bonny Becker
- “I figured they’d have reject toys at the Monster Academy.” – Scott Magoon
Picture books I can’t wait to check out:
- The Boy and the Airplane (I don’t think it’s been released yet, but it came SO highly recommended that I’ll be keeping my eye out for this)
- Carmine: A Little More Red, by Melissa Sweet
- The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge, by Hildegarde H. Swift (what a name!)
- Ugly Fish, by Kara Lareau, illustrated by Scott Magoon
- Winter is the Warmest Season, by Lauren Stringer
- and since I can’t resist young adult either, the Chaos Walking trilogy, by Patrick Ness