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Friday, October 21st, 2011

Go here and read this.

I think it’s important, and I’m in pretty good company I think.

Here’s the text:

We are tired of hearing the picture book is in trouble, and tired of pretending it is not. And so:


• Imitation, laziness, and timidity are poisoning a great art form.
• A picture book should be fresh, honest, piquant, and beautiful.
• Children’s books merit grown-up conversation.
• Grown-up conversation doesn’t mean asking kids to leave the room.
• We write for children, adults who read with children, and adults who simply enjoy children’s books–in that order.
• We should know our history.
• We must cease writing the same book again and again.
• We need a more robust criticism to keep us original.
• The line between author and illustrator is irrelevant.
• The line between moral and meaning is paramount.
• It is right that anything a child sees, feels, or thinks be our grist.
• Picture books are a form, not a genre.
• Good design fosters good reading.
• Picture books look best when their covers face outward.
• The tidy ending is often dishonest.
• Even books meant to put kids to sleep should give them strange dreams.


• The term “kid-friendly.”
• Convention as crutch.
• Glossy paper as default.
• The amnesiacs who treasure unruly classics while praising the bland today.


• Every day we make new children—let us also make new children’s books.

Signed: Mac Barnett, Brian Biggs, Sophie Blackall, Lisa Brown, Kevin Cornell, Carson Ellis, Isol, Laurie Keller, Jon Klassen, Matthew Myers, Tao Nyeu, Sean Qualls, Aaron Renier, Adam Rex, Christian Robinson, Jon Scieszka, Dan Santat, Lemony Snicket, Erin E. Stead, Philip C. Stead, Scott Teplin, Maria Van Lieshout

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

If you get a chance to check out today’s Philadelphia Daily News, please turn to page 40. I strongly encourage you to not look at page 41. Just stay on page 40. Lauren McCutcheon wrote a nice piece about the book and the signing/publication party we’re having tomorrow at Children’s Book World in Haverford.
Sacha took a great picture of the paper, so here’s that, in case you can’t get your own…

Everything Goes in the Daily News

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

There’s a really swell piece in Publisher’s Weekly about Everything Goes. Since I don’t have a nice graphic to use for the piece, I’ll post this great cutaway of an RV that is part of the collection of reference material I found on the Google Images as the interview mentions.

Here’s the link to the PW article.

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

Today is the official publication date of Everything Goes: On Land. I’ve been anticipating September 13, 2011 for several years now and I was kind of hoping The Today Show and a bunch of news vans would have been at my studio door when I arrived this morning.
The book should be available at an awesome book store near you today, and if not, I know you can get it on Amazon dot com.

There will be a publication and signing party at Children’s Book World in Haverford, PA on September 24 at 1pm. If you live in the Philadelphia area I hope you can come out to this and say hi.
I’ll also be making an appearance on the 21st at the North American Independent Bookseller’s Association conference in Atlantic City on Sept 24.
Publisher’s Weekly will be publishing a little interview with me in a couple of days, so check back for that.

In the meantime, here are some photos of people happily enjoying Everything Goes. If you like the book, snap a picture like this and send it along.

By the way, one of these people actually appears in the book (albeit with a slightly different appearance). First one to find her or him and puts it in a comment gets a prize.

Everything Goes

Everything Goes

Everything Goes

Everything Goes

Everything Goes

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

I was interviewed by Tony Lewis of The Artfuls a few weeks ago. It’s a really nice site with some terrific design. In addition, it’s always fun to read interviews with other illustrators and learn what they listen to, what materials they use, and so on.
So the interview went live today. Enjoy.

Monday, July 11th, 2011

Everything Goes: By Land

I came in to work this nice Monday morning and was fairly immediately greeted by the UPS truck outside. He gave me a package that I’ve been anxiously awaiting for several years now.
Everything Goes is now a book. Bound, with a cover and endpapers and a UPC symbol and an ISBN number and it’s got my name on it. I’m pretty glad to see this. Of course my plan today was to work hard on book two, but that got preempted since I had to take pictures…

Everything Goes! back cover

Everything Goes! (yes, it's now finally an actual book)

Everything Goes!

Everything Goes! Interior detail

Publication date is September 13.

Friday, July 8th, 2011

Just noticed today that Everything Goes is up for order on Amazon dot com. There’s something that feels “official” about that, now, with the cover image and everything. Official publication date is 13 September. Getting closer every day.

Click the image to go to there.

(I really like that it lists its “Best Value” partner book as The Astonishing Secret of Awesome Man. I’ve never heard of this book, but I love Michael Chabon. I’d order both and get that 5% off if I were you.)

Friday, June 4th, 2010

Workman just published a new activity kit called Potato Chip Science, for which I drew the cover illustration. If you’re looking at the picture thinking “well Brian, your going insane, for that is not a book. It’s a bag of potato chips!” I couldn’t blame you. The packaging is meant to resemble a bag of chips, and in fact the bag is filled with plastic chips (something like those packing peanuts you get in shipping boxes). There is also a book of fun projects one can make with potatoes, as well as some of the materials you would need to do the projects.
Originally I was up for illustrating the entire book, but in the end they asked me to do the cover. Go out and get yourself this kit and spend the weekend making stuff out of potatoes!

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

Back when Shredderman was first published, in 2004, I got a phone call from Barbara Gross, librarian at Gladwyne Elementary school near Philadelphia. She wanted me to come and give a presentation at her school. This was my first visit to an elementary school to talk about my work, and since then I’ve been to a dozen or more elementary schools, a couple of libraries, an art center, and a university or two showing examples of my work and talking to students about how I make it.
I love these visits, so not too long ago I decided I need to put a page about these visits on my website. If you are a teacher or a librarian, most of the information you’ll need is now online. If you are a student or parent, let your teacher or school librarian know about this page, and tell him or her to get in touch! Any specifics like schedules and fees can be answered via email.

Please feel free to get in touch and ask me any questions.

On a related note, I visited The Nottingham School back on May 14. There is a nice article online today about my visit there. Take a look!

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

Brownie & Pearl Get Dolled Up
Busy month, totally missed this.
The second book in the Brownie & Pearl series was published earlier in May. It’s called Brownie & Pearl Get Dolled Up, and within its covers the plight of little Brownie and her kitten Pearl continues as Brownie is forced to go to bed. Instead, she distresses her parents by playing dress-up — hilarity ensues!
As with the first book, this story is sweet like sugar and I think I used eight hundred shades of pink in the illustrations. Being a boy myself, it was kind of gross and I had to lay off desserts for a while.
If you’re not a boy (and even maybe if you are) you’ll love this book. It doesn’t have many words, but the words it has are the perfect words. Written by Cynthia Rylant, published by Beach Lane, an imprint of Simon & Schuster.

Brownie & Pearl Get Dolled Up
Brownie & Pearl Get Dolled Up
Brownie & Pearl Get Dolled Up
This illustration I just made yesterday. It’s for the fifth book in the series.
Pearl grabs a bite