BLOG BREAK Marriages and Magic

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

Hello! After a month and a half away, there's plenty to catch up on.

Picture books are like an arranged marriage, at least according to Chitra Soundar. In a post for Picture Book Den, she discusses why publishers like to mediate the relationship between writer and illustrator, and how this can be a good thing for all concerned.

Resilience - we hear about it a lot (especially in these current troubled times), but where does resilience come from? And how can we build it? Here's Maureen Lynas with a guide that's peppered with SCBWI-BI writers' real-life experiences.

Natascha Biebow tackles the subject of visual literacy in her latest blog post, demonstrating how picture books are an ideal way to help digital natives learn this important skill.

Vanessa Harbour says that Books Are Magic. And who am I to disagree?

At the end of November, Candy Gourlay appeared on a panel at the Manila International Book Festival, discussing social justice and children's books. Her accompanying blog post is a fascinating examination of how themes of social justice permeate her writing.

Apparently, Kelly McCaughrain has the same personality type as "Vladimir Putin and all the worst people from Game of Thrones." Nonetheless, she's managed to reign in her megalomaniacal tendencies to write a blog post about how you can use online personality quizzes to understand your characters better.


*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 finds him Mixing it Up - Challenging My Unconscious Biases to Add Diversity to My Writing

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