Archive for April, 2010

On creativity…

Friday, April 30th, 2010

I’ve written a guest blog for the Spilling Ink blog, about how creativity isn’t really so creativity as you might think!

Spilling Ink is a wonderful guidebook for kid-scribblers, edited by the equally wonderful duo of Anne Mazer and Ellen Potter (with art by the terrific Matt Phelan).  I wish there had been such a book when I was a kid.

And if you stop by the blog and leave a comment, you could win a copy of the book!
So zip on over and say something creative!

I went to LA…

Sunday, April 11th, 2010


And had a pretty astounding time.

The show at the Skirball, “Monsters and Miracles” is really an amazing thing.  I doubt that there’s ever been anything quite like it before.  If you’re a West Coaster, and you’re interested in picture books, or Jewish life, or art, or kids… go now.

If you’re an East Coaster, it’ll be coming to the Carle Museum in the fall!

A quote worth remembering…

Friday, April 9th, 2010

“My fears about writing for children are great– one can so easily slip into a cheap sort of whimsy or cuteness. I don’t trust myself in this treacherous field unless I am running a degree of fever.”

~EB White to Anne Carroll Moore (pulled from Leonard Marcus’ “Minders of Make Believe)