|My Picture Book Panelists! From Left, myself, Gianna Marino, Jon J. Muth, Salina Yoon and Joe Cepeda|
I had the honor of moderating a great picture book panel, "Children's Books: Drawing the Imagination," at the L.A. Times Festival of Books this past weekend with Joe Cepeda, Gianna Marino, Jon J. Muth and Salina Yoon. Afterwards, I got to listen to part of the panel moderated by Kelly Sonnack, "Children's Books: Inspiring Young Minds," with Mac Barnett, Doreen Cronin, Jennifer Fosberry and John Rocco.
There was so much great wisdom shared (including some very nice shout-outs to SCBWI), but here are a few of the moments that really resonated for me and that, amidst the excitement and moderating, I managed to record in my journal:
"The strength of a story is the truth you find in it."
- Jon J. Muth
The secret to expressing emotion visually?
- both Salina Yoon and Gianna Marino
I don't want to be anchored to accuracy so much that it neuters the magic of a story.
- Joe Cepeda
"As I draw more I can throw words out."
- John Rocco
You don't talk down to kids.
- Jennifer Fosberry
If you start thinking how you're going to tell it for kids you're dead and you need to start over. You have to tell it for yourself.
- Doreen Cronin
"I'd much rather have a book that a few people love intensely than a book that a lot of people like okay."
What a great reminder that any time you can go hear (or speak with) professional writers and illustrators at the top of their game, DO IT!
It's one of the great things SCBWI offers at local and international events and conferences: opportunities to listen to, learn from and be inspired by the experts.
Illustrate and Write On,