The Oregon Literary Fellowships are intended to help Oregon writers initiate, develop, or complete literary projects in poetry, fiction, literary nonfiction, drama, and young readers’ literature and to support Oregon’s independent publishers and small presses that demonstrate a commitment to literary publishing. Visit the Literary Arts website to see all the grant recipients and the 2016 Oregon Book Awards Finalists, including my friend Fonda Lee for her YA novel Zeroboxer. YAY!
November: the best month of the year. Snuggly fall weather, a hot cup of chai, Thanksgiving, my birthday and now...a celebration of picture books.
Check out Picture Book Month's website for posts from picture book authors or illustrators explaining why they think picture books are important. With critics predicting that "digital will kill the print book star", print books, especially picture books, need our love and gratitude.
I could never fathom a world without The Story of Ferdinand, The Little House, Sylvester and the Magic Pebble or Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. Picture books take you on a journey. It starts with lovable characters and rhythmic language and colorful pictures. It opens up the imagination and you find yourself sitting along with Ferdinand in the middle of a bull ring refusing to fight. Or fright takes over when you accidentally become a rock when Sylvester couldn't think of anything to wish for and you wonder how you'll ever get out of this mess. The story doesn't end once you turn the final page. It lives on in your heart and imagination. And all the better if the story is shared with a loved one, snuggled side-by-side.
So give thanks, not only for good food, good friends and good times spent together, but give some love to all the wonderful picture books.