Anne Rockwell's Blog

My blog about books for children and anything else.
Oct 25
2012

Anne Rockwell Talks with Don Tate

Posted by Anne Rockwell

ANNE: Don, I'm very interested in your thoughts about being an illustrator who switches roles in your new book IT JES' HAPPENED, illustrated by Gregory Christie, Lee and Low Books, 2012. Not many authors or illustrators have done that, except me. What made you decide that someone else should illustrate this biography of outsider artist, Bill Traylor?

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DON: It wasn't a hard decision. An illustrator should set his/her ego aside for the sake of the book. The question of who would illustrate IT JES' HAPPENED was a mutual decision between my editor and I. While I could have illustrated the story, my illustration styles weren't the perfect match for the text. My editor wanted the art to be edgy, gritty. I wanted to go with an illustrator who had broader name recognition than myself. Greg Christie became one of our top choices.

A few years ago before I started writing, I met author-illustrator Diane Stanley at a book festival. I was impressed with her versatility as a writer and illustrator. Many of the books that she wrote, she also illustrated. She illustrated for other authors. And other illustrators created art for some of the books she wrote. Good game plan, I thought, if I ever made the decision to write.

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Sep 02
2012

Gallery Show

Posted by Anne Rockwell

Read about my upcoming gallery show and visit if you can.

Anne Rockwell Exhibit Poster

For the month of September 2012, a one-woman retrospective of illustrations, paintings and needlepoint by renowned artist and longtime Greenwich resident, Anne Rockwell, will be on display at the Byram Shubert Library Gallery.

Anne Rockwell is the award-winning author and illustrator of hundreds of cherished books for children. These include myths and legends, such as THE ROBBER BABY: STORIES FROM THE GREEK MYTHS, and THE BOY WHO WOULDN'T OBEY: A MAYAN LEGEND, books on nature, such as APPLES AND PUMPKINS, and BUMBLE BEE, BUMBLE BEE, DO YOU KNOW ME?, very young concept books such as BIG WHEELS and WELCOME TO KINDERGARTEN, and historical non-fiction like FILIPPO'S DOME and ONLY PASSING THROUGH: THE STORY OF SOJOURNER TRUTH.

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Jun 28
2012

Kindlin' Wood, Kindlin' Wood

Posted by Anne Rockwell

I’m assuming that amazon.com chose the name of its e-book division and devices for reading same from the bits of dry wood you need to start a fire, or even from the song I remember from my childhood. Having just found out that I’m a small spark in that big, happy bonfire for the great cookout in the sky, I’m delighted to say that I have three titles available on Kindle. Here’s one, WHAT’S SO BAD ABOUT GASOLINE, illustrated by Paul Meisel, shown on a Kindle Fire.

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The other two are OPEN THE DOOR TO LIBERTY, A BIOGRAPHY OF TOUSSAINT L’OUVERTURE, illustrated by Gregory Christie, and APPLES AND PUMPKINS, illustrated by Lizzy Rockwell. APPLES AND PUMPKINS won’t be released until September, but is available for pre-order.

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Jun 10
2012

What Is It About Trucks?

Posted by Anne Rockwell

My first book about trucks (TRUCKS) was published in hardbound by Dutton in 1984, in paperback by Penguin/Puffin in 1992. Now I’m hoping it will hang on in yet another form. For children love this book.

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Many non-fiction picture books are dated after 28 years in print, but this title is just as accurate today as when it was first published. Is that because real trucks don’t have to keep up with the fickle tastes of consumers? I suspect that’s true.

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Apr 16
2012

To E or Not to E?

Posted by Anne Rockwell

That is the question.

Or is it?

The amount of chatter coming from publishers, authors, illustrators, agents, has risen to tornado force on the subject of e-books versus print books. Some of the issues are valid ones – others are Cassandras shrieking in terror as they foretell the death of reading.

Since I’ve been a reader for as long as I can remember, I’ve been puzzling over this fiery debate. After a couple of weeks trying to gain some solid information on the electronic revolution, I hope I can share some of what I feel is valid, and what is paranoia.

First comes the paranoia. Through author blogs such as mine, and despair sobbing loudly forth from Facebook and Twitter, most children’s book authors are upset over the coming death of books printed on paper, with ink. “But I love the smell of books,” wail many. “A child can’t cuddle up with an iPad!” wail others. They blame the current slump in the book publishing industry on e-books, apps, and big, bad Amazon.com.

But is that really the issue? I’d give anything to have been the fly in the wall when Johannes Gutenberg produced his first books printed on paper, not vellum, with ink on moveable type, not quills and brushes.

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