While we had our official Forest of Reading® Voting night back in April, the final totals were sent to Toronto to be tabulated along with results from other libraries and schools across the province. Last week, the final winners of each category were announced. And the winners are……………
THE DAY MY MOM CAME TO KINDERGARTEN by Maureen Fergus
SILVER BIRCH EXPRESS
KUNG POW CHICKEN : LET’S GET CRACKING by Cyndi Marko
SILVER BIRCH FICTION
THE NIGHT GARDENER by Jonathan Auxier
SILVER BIRCH NON-FICTION
ANNALEISE CARR : HOW I CONQUERED LAKE ONTARIO TO HELP KIDS BATTLING CANCER by Annaleise Carr as told to Deborah Ellis
RED MAPLE FICTION
THE RULE OF THREE by Eric Walters
Our library didn’t do too badly, picking a few of the overall winners. If only we didn’t have to wait until December to start reading next year’s nominees!
As a children’s librarian, I’m often taken with the creative talents of illustrators, especially in picture books. Often, the pictures and lettering tell as much about a book as the story itself. One of my particular favourites is Oliver Jeffers, author/illustrator extraordinaire. He creates simple drawings that are delightful, but his hand-lettering style is also something that sets his books apart. It’s easy to pick out a piece of his work through his distinctive style. You can see some of his work above.
Lately, though, hand lettered book covers have been taking over the shelves. From the wonderful lettering ofMarion Deuchersseen below….
Hand lettering is deceptively simple. It must not only be legible, but have a stylized look to it. Give it a try. Write anything you like on a piece of paper….but try to make it easy to read and yet interesting. Thinking twice about how easy it looks? These artists are amazing!
So, the next time you see a book on the shelves with an illustrated cover, don’t ignore the simplicity of it. These illustrators will be happy to know you understand!