Sometimes I forget. I've published a lot of books. When I'm autographing a book, I don't think about what it took to get published. Forget the 'selling' it to the publisher part. I'm talking about writing the story. A spark of an idea leads to thinking, I have a new book idea. It can take years from that moment, until the book is finished. As I am writing this, I am avoiding working on a story that fits right into what I'm talking about. I drew a picture. Looked at the character and th
So, I published my first picture book in 1981. Close to fifty books later, I'm struck with how odd the dance can be with an editor. When you go to the movies, you can see who directed the film. We read books but usually aren't aware of who the editor is. Five editors can have a hundred opinions. Did you know that If You Give A Mouse A Cookie was rejected nine times? Once, it was rejected by an editor at Harper. Ultimately, another editor at Harper found the manuscript and flipped. Talk
I never met Amy. I now put her on the list I have of people that inspired me and I had hoped to meet and never did. She's right there with Jim Henson. The world lost Amy today.... The person. But her spirit and humor and observations will always be here to remind us that this life we are living is a marathon. Amy's was too short! I listened to her Ted Talk today about wandering and having ideas come to us when we are receptive. I will keep my eyes open, even wider now with Amy in mind.
After having written and illustrated close to fifty books, you think I would be used to the process of writing a new book. I have to say, each book is different. I do not have a formula to follow. I NEVER know how it's going to unfold. I have been working on an idea for at least six months. I have lost track of how many versions of this particular story I have made.
Even though I haven't been happy with any of the finished pieces, I keep coming back to
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My assistant, Shiloh would love to be a children's book writer.She asks me questions from time to time and today we thought it mightbe a good idea to write down her questions and my responses. I will warn you that nothing I say is particularly earth shattering or new. I assume my answers are obvious, but then again,I have been writing and illustrating picture books since 1981. What might be obvious to me,might come as inspiration for someone else. At least, that's wh
Starting on a new yummy project that started by some animal crackers that were around the house.
I started noodling around with them and made some drawings that I posted on my instagram : barneysaltzberg.
Then I got some colorful frosted animal crackers and originals and scanned them into my computer using my actual scanner.
Here is the first drawing implementing the new scanning process.
Stick around to see more soon!
I have been recording music at night. Alone, in my studio with a bunch of guitars, a bass and my laptop. I haven't recorded music in a while and since I spend most of my time writing books for children and illustrating them, I started to notice a similarity that I hadn't thought of before.
When painting, I lay down brush strokes. With music, I lay down instrumental tracks.
A slosh of red. A drum track. A slosh of orange. A bass track. &nbs
Sometimes all you need to do to find book ideas is look right in front of you!
This is Barney's actual dad and niece Ella using Skype to talk and share tea.
The idea for the book "Tea with Grandpa" came from one of Barney's regular day experiences.
Take a look around you and observe you never know what can inspire your next book idea!
I loved and still love, Harold and the Purple Crayon. It amazed me as a child and still tickles me as an adult. When I published my book, Andrew Drew and Drew, I knew I was stepping into a murky area. Mr. Johnson had it covered already. Still, I couldn't help but create an homage to Harold and at the same time, talk about my ideas behind creativity.
I love Andrew Drew and Drew. It came out a few years ago and it's a quiet story. Given how little
We want to thank everyone involved with the creation of The Crazy Hair Day App and are excited to celebrate the release! Now available through iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/crazy-hair-day-by-barney-saltzberg/id875236512?mt=8Below is a description of the features in the new interactive Crazy Hair Day App.
Barney Saltzberg's Crazy Hair Day Interactive Storybook Now availableJune 9, 2014 in Books[prMac.com] Los Angeles, California - Today, Auryn a premier publishe
Someone said that there's a gene that allows women to forget about the pain of childbirth. Otherwise, they wouldn't get pregnant again. I think there must be a similar gene for a lot of other instances as well.
I had to whip three new books together to deliver the final artwork for May 1st. It's now the 30th. I am still recuperating. I'm not sitting in my studio, blankly staring at the walls. I'm not hanging out in coffee shops, waiting for inspiration
looking though old sketchbooks today and found the early workings of little chengdu.
keep a notebook handy one drawing, character, phrase, or a single word can turn into a great book!
chengdu trying to find the perfect spot to get some sleep.
stay tuned to see more doodlings and noodlings that go on in the studio!
As you can see from the photographic evidence below scientist and researchers have found that little pandas sleep better when parent pandas read Chengdu Could not Would not Fall Asleep before bedtime. ;)
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The winners are in for the Chengdu Could not, Would not Fall Asleep book giveaway!
The lucky winners that will be receiving their very own signed copy of our favorite little panda Chengdu are:
Robin RossbachAntoinette FamiancoHolli KrusemarkAnita StaarMargie Leonard
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We are excited to announce our lucky winners for the Tea with Grandpa Giveaway!
Dawn VenhamJan Hall Carri JenkinsJulie JohnsonJaclyn Reynolds
We are sending you a signed copy of Tea with Grandpa !Thank you all who participated and have shown interest in Barney Saltzberg books.Stay tuned to see who will win a copy of Chengdu in our Chengdu could not would not Fall Asleep giveaway!
Chengdu Could Not Would Not Fall Asleep releases May 6th, 2014. Enter the cool book giveaway on Goodreads or Facebook. High in his tree a young panda named Chengdu lies awake, even though everyone around him is quietly sleeping. He tosses and he turns. He scrunches and he squirms. But it's not until he finds the perfect spot-atop his brother, Yuan-that he finds rest. But now Yuan can't sleep.
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So excited to share TEA WITH GRANDPA with you releasing April 15th. Don't forget to enter the cool Giveaway on Facebook or GoodReads.
Spending time with Grandpa is always fun. Singing, laughing, eating, and playing. And when it's time to say goodbye, It won't be for long because He's never too far away to have tea. In this sweetly simple, rhyming picture book by acclaimed author/artist Barney Saltzberg, a little girl tells us about her daily tea ritual with her grandfather whe
A young girl and her grandpa do not let distance keep them from their daily commitment to have tea together.Bespectacled Grandpa meets up with his curly-haired granddaughter “[e]very day at half past three” to spend time with each other. Tea is poured, stories are told, songs are sung, and much laughter is shared. Observant readers will notice the girl’s pet cat and Grandpa’s pup cavorting as the gentle vignettes go back and forth between the two characters. Pastel-hued illus
I have published 48 books and have contracts for many new titles. I was looking for something today and opened a drawer labeled 'ideas' in my flat file. It dawned on me that for every book concept I sell, many ideas never get fully realized. There are a lot of half baked ones in this drawer. Some, fully baked but not tasty enough for an editor to bite.... Some good ones that have just never found a home. And of course, plenty that just don't work.