Notes from An Alien

~ Explorations In Reading, Writing & Publishing ~

Looking Back, Looking Forward by Sheila Greenwald


The author of today’s re-blog “…has written and illustrated about thirty books, many for children—and illustrated about forty others.”

Nerdy Book Club

I started illustrating books for children in 1956 and began to write them in 1975. As a freelancer involved with many publishing houses, I had an outsider’s view of quickly changing styles, rules, and acceptable content. The pendulum swing of change seemed faster and wider as time went on.

Children’s book department offices in the 50s were small and intimate. We knew one another, talked and joked, had dinner, met one another’s families learned one another’s points of view, likes and dislikes, shared family news. As the industry has grown and departments have added more team members, this level of intimacy is harder and harder to achieve.

Along with these changes in children’s book department offices, the kinds of books houses are publishing for children has also changed over the years. I wonder now how my two new books Bossy Flossie: Biz Whiz and Bossy Flossie: Secret To Success would…

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