As part of my Commitment to Literacy: Picture Book It challenge, I wanted to spotlight one book that I’m completely in love with. Throughout the month, I’ll do multiple posts based on the book. I hope you will end up picking up the book and joining in on the conversation.
All posts pertaining to previous Picture Book of the Month picks have been archived over at Picture Book It.
–October’s Picture Book of the Month Announcement and Review
October’s Picture Book of the Month is Dreamers by Yuyi Morales.
This week, I wanted to share behind-the-scene articles.
First is an interview between Yuyi Morales and her editor Neal Porter they did for Publishers Weekly. Maybe because I had recently read Dear Genius: The Letters of Ursula Nordstrom by Leonard S. Marcus, I’ve been interested in this kind of relationship. And, interestingly, Yuyi Morales used a pen that once was Maurice Sendak’s while making Dreamers.
One of my favorite exchanges in their conversation is below:
Porter: It’s inevitably a book that is political and makes a political statement. With that, what do you see as your role as a children’s book creator? What do you hope people will take away from Dreamers?
Morales: To even try to be neutral in this time would be a disservice. As a children’s book creator, I take on a huge responsibility in that I hope my book will raise consciousness and awareness in children. My voice might not always be the one worth hearing, but I feel that, in putting myself out there, I can open the doors for the stories of those who need more attention.
Next is from the blog Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast where Yuyi Morales creates a photo essay on the making of Dreamers. This is an absolute must-read if you want to get a better understanding of the book and her process. I loved the section on how to make your own book. Wonderful!
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