It’s virtually impossible to remember the plethora of inspiring and inspirational children’s books I’ve read this year. But Mia Macrossan from StoryLinks Children’s Books Reviewed set a challenge I couldn’t ignore. Here are a smattering of some of my favourites this year.
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Dimity Powell is a children’s author who recently published At the End of Holyrood Lane.
This is super hard btw but here are my attempts at narrowing things down – not something that I’m naturally good at! (You’ll note, I’ve blatantly ignored the rule of three concept, apologies)
Non-Fiction: Real Food Kids Will Love by Annabel Karmel – there’s been a flood of Great Women, Great Guy type NF books this year and the Little People series is a fave, insects featured a lot too, but this one takes the cake, as it were.
YA: Living on Hope Street by Demet Divaroren ties Lenny’s Book of Everything by Karen Foxlee
A Party with a Purpose: sharing Poems and Picture-Books; practicing public speaking; partaking in portions of science that are enjoyably palatable! These are some of the ingredients in a Picture-Book Poetry Party.
“We’re giving family audiences enjoyable free entertainment, where they learn some science almost by accident, providing participating students with unique high-achieving opportunities plus, it’s a wonderful way to befriend and showcase other fabulous children’s authors from our region.”
This year’s star is Deanna Henderson of Minibeast Wildlife fame. She will be reading her Picture-Book “There’s a Zoo in my Backyard” and sharing some of her writing journey. This will be the fifth annual Poetry Party hosted by Science Rhymes poet Celia Berrell.
Celia’s Poetry Parties were inspired by a SCBWI suggestion of encouraging children’s authors and illustrators to accomplish projects together. Her first feature authors – Diane Finlay, Jacque Duffy and Trudie Trewin – were all fellow SCBWI members.
“It helps us to promote ourselves, our books and the SCBWI profile within our region” adds Celia.
Valuable advice and summation of what it takes to ‘keep it simple’ yet relevant and powerful in the art of storytelling. Something I sometimes struggle with but endeavour to achieve in picture book writing.
Before I read Matthew Dicks’ STORYWORTHY, I used to phrase this “small moment” concept differently. I would explain that a story, especially a picture book, required an emotional core. Now I realize that is an amorphous blob of a statement.