"I often joke," children's author and illustrator Eric Carle says, "that with a novel you start out with a 35-word idea and you build out to 35,000 words. With a children's book you have a 35,000-word idea and you reduce it to 35. That's an exaggeration, but that's what's taking place with picture books."*
I'm focusing on happiness in my reading this year. One of the precepts of happiness is knowing yourself, knowing what you like, knowing what has the probability of making you feel happy.
So what kind of books do I like?
I find I am full of contradictions, but....
I like short books best. Most of my favorite books are short books.
I like books with pictures.
Rhyme. Repetition. Simplicity. Depth.
Children's picture books, then.
I like children's picture books best. I've often thought that if I ever became a high school librarian, I would dump all the awful enormous and boring books and replace them with children's picture books. Just to see what happens.
I'm working my way through 1001 Children's Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up. I've joined a Yahoo group that's reading these. I've been shocked at how few of these I've read (only about 200!)
How about you? Do you read many children's picture books? What are your favorites?
A second busy reading week in 2010. Seven fantastic reads: