Tag: Kid Lit

Raggedy and the Cloud, Sofia Prokofievna, Tver, 1994

Picture This: Raggedy and the Cloud

This write-up is more personal than the other ones I’ve done so far, and I hope you will excuse me gushing for several minutes about some artists I love and admire. Sofia Prokofievna (b. 1928) is a Russian illustrator, poet, playwright, and, most importantly to me, the author of many original “fairy tales” for children….

YA? Y Not?! In Defense of the Love Triangle

Ah, the love triangle—one of YA’s most divisive tropes! Love it or hate it, the YA love triangle is here to stay. In “The Curse of the Love Triangle in YA Fiction” at Acculturated, Abby W. Schachter said, “Romance in YA fiction is fine; but love triangles are boring. Authors who have conjured entirely new…

A Child's Book of Poems, Gyo Fujikawa, Sterling, 2007

Picture This: Gyo Fujikawa

I picked up my first Gyo Fujikawa book as a teenager in a used bookstore, because the cute, gentle artwork caught my eye. Titled simply Mother Goose, it was a hefty book containing many traditional folk and nursery rhymes and an equally impressive number of illustrations. The pages alternated between delicate pen-and-ink spots and cheerful…

Wonderbook, J.K. Rowling, Playstation, 2012

Augmented Reality and the Reader

Recently, I attended a conference session about the use of Augmented Reality (AR) to engage younger patrons. Interesting and enlightening, I left the session with an itch to know more about the technology, its possible applications, and drawbacks. AR is a layering of virtual objects over tangible, real world triggers. A smartphone or tablet reads…