BLOG BREAK Quiet books and lost voices

Nick Cross presents his fortnightly selection of must-read blogs.

How can we get more books into children's hands and onto their bookshelves? Natascha Biebow has some great ideas in her post for Picture Book Den.

To promote the launch of her debut picture book The Dinosaur Who Lost Her Voice, SCBWI-BI member Julie Ballard is guest-posting on Catherine Friess' Story Snug blog. In a fun post, Julie shares her five favourite picture books with us.

The idea of the "quiet" book is something that the publishing industry has had little patience for in recent years. But Claire Watts mounts a passionate defence of quiet YA in her blog post, as she revisits the novel that meant so much to her as a teenager.

Mourning the passing of Judith Kerr, Sally Poyton posts about how the deaths of beloved children's authors have affected her, and shares an outrageous true-life story to rival The Tiger Who Came to Tea!

Are you researching contemporary fiction? Ellie Rose McKee has some useful tips on how to avoid "falling down a Wikipedia hole."

Finally, here's debut author and SCBWI-BI member Julie Pike telling us all about her journey to publication with middle grade adventure The Last Spell Breather, courtesy of Emma Perry's My Book Corner.


*Feature image: Blog Break logo by Nick Cross

Nick Cross is Words & Pictures' Blog Network Editor. An Undiscovered Voices winner, he both writes and illustrates for children, and was honours winner of the SCBWI Magazine Merit Award for fiction.

Nick also blogs for Notes from the Slushpile. His most recent post holds some very Good News.

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