Notes from An Alien

~ Explorations In Reading, Writing, and Publishing ~

Confessions of a One-Time Reluctant Reader by Randy Cecil


Two things up front about today’s Re-blog:

It’s ok for adults to like picture books…

and…

This quote from the article:

“I was shocked. I was confused. It had never occurred to me that such a thing could happen in a book. Was that even allowed?”

Nerdy Book Club

I was an absolute book fanatic from the start. Or, to be more precise, I was an absolute PICTURE book fanatic. When adults asked what I wanted to be when I grew up, my answer was always the same: picture book illustrator.

Every week as a child, my mother took my brother and sister and me to our public library. Every week I brought home an enormous stack of books. In the evening, I would sit on the living room couch next to my mother as she read the words to books like Sylvester and the Magic Pebble and Where the Wild Things Are to me. And I would interpret the pictures for her.

Most kids had athletes for heroes. My heroes were picture book authors and illustrators. At the age of four, I sent a letter, along with a drawing of a castle, to one of those heroes—Uri Shulevitz…

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