BLOG BREAK Inky Marvels & Crayon Dreams

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

One of my favourite things about the start of November is getting to see John Shelley's amazing Inktober drawings together in one place. Some of them are so elaborate, and I've no idea how he found the time to do them - although I'm very glad he did! Check out part one and part two.

All-round SCBWI superstar Natascha Biebow pops in to Catherine Friess's Story Snug blog to talk about the joy of non-fiction picture books, and in particular her debut publication The Crayon Man.

You may remember the gloom that descended this time last year, with the publication of the CLPE Reflecting Realities report, a survey of ethnic representation within UK children’s literature. Well, a second edition has just been published and things have improved - slightly - but there's still a long way to go. Chitra Soundar's blog post dissects the findings and discusses ways that we can all improve our awareness of diversity and inclusion.

Emma Perry's My Book Corner is hosting an interview with SCBWI-BI author Catherine Jacob, discussing her debut picture book, There’s A Troll On My Toilet. Find out about Catherine's hectic lifestyle, favourite words and love of hyphens.

Story sacks are back! This is one of the best features on the Space on the Bookshelf blog, and even better, the sack that Sally Poyton has created is for The Dinosaur Who Lost Her Voice by SCBWI-BI author Julie Ballard.

Finally, publication deadlines meant that there wasn't much time for me to spot people's post-conference blog posts. But one that did sneak in was Helen Ishmurzin's exuberant article about her dream holiday - from Austria to Winchester!


*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 sees him teaming up with his agent Heather Cashman, for an investigation of the value of comp titles.

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