All of us have favorite picture books from our childhood. Two of mine are Ferdinand the Bull and Flat Stanley. Oh, and Tikki Tikki Tembo. I could go on. Really.
Though I'm not a picture book author, I know many of you are. It's not easy to keep up with the market trends unless you have a great local library, or lots of money.
One way to be aware of new books on the market is to sign up for Any New Books, a service that lets you know new titles being released. But to be able to read the books themselves, We Give Books is the place to go.
We Give Books is a site dedicated to giving books to children in need. They offer books that can be read online, and for each book read, they donate to one of the many organizations of the reader's choice. You'll find current books, and classic books. Remember Courduroy?
While browsing, I discovered a new favorite. Make sure you check out the SkippyJon Jones series, featuring an intrepid Siamese cat. I laughed out loud. It's a fun way to research your genre, and feel generous at the same time.
How do you keep up with picture books?