Ignore the Critics

We need real stories, and long stories, that can be read more than once. I, by the way, don’t believe that critics change books. I believe geniuses—like Wanda Gag, Virginia Lee Burton,Robert McCloskey, Margaret Wise Brown, Maurice Sendak, Ruth Krauss,Chris Van Allsburg, and more recently Shaun Tan—reinvent the form. Someone who creates contemporary picture books is probably working right now on a title that’ll revitalize our understanding of and ideas about picture books.

– from  Make Way for Stories: There’s a good reason why people are passing up picture books, by Anita Silvey.

Related Links:

How Do You Know Which Rules To Break? from Wordplay

And a fantastic Interview with Maurice Sendak — The Believer