Friday, July 30, 2010
Editor Panel: Brenda Murray
Below are Krista Marino's questions to the panel and Brenda's responses.
What two books in the last ten years have inspired you personally or professionally?
Brenda: IN ME OWN WORDS, A Biography of Bigfoot. No, really, it's hilarious. I also loved NBA winner CLAUDETTE COLVIN: TWICE TOWARD JUSTICE, and PHOTO BY BRADY: A PICTURE OF THE CIVIL WAR is a beautiful book of black and white photos of Civil War soldiers all by Matthew Brady.
Do you find inspiration for new works/idea outside of children's books?
Brenda: Yes, especially for the nonfiction world. Scholastic has some loose tie-ins to Planet Earth on the Discovery Channel, so I look at TV shows and look to see what kids are watching that might make a great picture book.
Final thought from Brenda:
If you have a good idea about something, if it's well-written, don't discredit the book even if the subject matter has been done, like if it's about dinosaurs or sharks, a fun spin on how you present the information is what I want to see.