Musing about books, readers and making connections
The first people a dictator puts in jail after a coup are the writers, the teachers, the librarians — because these people are dangerous. They have enough vocabulary to recognize injustice and to speak out loudly about it. Let us have the courage to go on being dangerous people.
This is a special request from the Ukrainian writer, Galina Malik
To all concerned children’s book writers of the world.
I, Galina Malik, writer, on who’s works more than one generation of Ukrainian children grew up, whose works are included in the programs of the Ukrainian school, am speaking to their counterparts and colleagues throughout the world to support us in our fight against the bandit regime of Yanukovych and his supporters.
Today in Ukraine the blood of our children was shed, those for whom we Ukrainian writers are writing, and for whom you write, the writers of the world, whose works we translate and promote to our children so that they grow free and conscious of their rights and freedoms!
Our and your readers today are being shot at by “Berkut ”(Riot Police)! Cynicism and confidence in their impunity have no limits!!
I urge all colleagues and caring people to protect the rights, honor and conscience!
There is a misperception that children’s books are a sort of muzzy and not-quite-serious art form. They are as hard to write and edit, however, as good poetry. Like poetry, they must not have a single unneeded syllable in any line. A poem, which is a kind of chain, is as strong as its weakest rhyme or meter, whereas in a long prose work a bit of unevenness can be hidden. One false note ruins a poem. The same is true of picture book stories.
I love having something for the adult who is reading to the child. But I try to keep in mind at all times that the book is for the child. I don’t want any of that extra layer to interfere with the main objective, which is to make an entertaining book for a kid.
A children’s book author who isn’t ashamed to write for children. How novel.