Posted by: Kathy Temean | May 12, 2010

Editors Moving Up & Digital Picture Books

At Simon & Schuster Children’s, Kate Angelella has been promoted to associate editor, Aladdin; Alyson Heller has been promoted to assistant editor, Aladdin; Anica Rissi has been promoted to executive editor, Simon Pulse; Emilia Rhodes has been promoted to assistant editor, Simon Pulse.

I mentioned last week that David Caruba was surveying editors and agents in the children’s book industry about the state of the market.  I won’t spill the beans or steal his thunder (how do your like those clichés?) by giving you the results, but in the course of conversation digital picture books came up.  I said, “I just can’t talk myself into wanting to buy a picture book that I can’t hold in my hands or keep on my book shelf.”  Since I do not have any young children or grandchildren, I buy picture books for the artwork.

Then later that day, I was talking with Anita Nolan and brought up the topic.  She directed me to the video below and after watching it I can see the appeal.   And I probably would buy a digital version of a book that was presented in this fun way, but I would still have to buy the hardcopy.  Which I am sure is exactly what the publishers are hoping to achieve.  So I guess what I am saying is keep your mind open to new ideas and change.  This is something I always tell writers after a critique; keep your mind open to other ideas and don’t  throw them away until you really have considered them.

Let me know what you think.



  1. Kathy, I hate to admit it, but I liked it! lol I am SO much a fan of hard copy books, and will always be, because there’s nothing like the tactile warmth of it. What frightens me is that, in this computer age, kids (and adults too) are developing the need to be entertained in this animated way, and still pictures may lose their appeal. I don’t know.

    But it’s very cool ’cause they’ve basically animated (like Monty Python) the illustrations 🙂


    • Donna,

      It is very cool. I received something today in the mail – from someone very nice. I have it sitting in my office to remind me that I made someone happy. That makes me happy.

      Thank you,



      • 😀 😀 😀 Then we have a serving of happiness all around 🙂

        It is a reminder that you make many people happy, but most of all—that the big AND little things you do are appreciated and do make a difference. You’re a special one, Kathy 🙂

        …and thank YOU!


  2. Hi Kathy,

    I work in magazine publishing and have been worried about the fate of paper and my job. But seeing videos of how the iPad handles “printed” info, I’m comforted.

    At the mentor session I attended, some editors discussed the future of eBooks and they were beginning to embrace it. They said there were many more possibilities of spinoff features to create based on an eBook. It could be good.

    BTW, two women in my bookclub were excited about getting Kindles. But now they miss the tactile functionality of a real book.



    • Mary,

      I don’t have a Kindle. I am a gadget person, so I probably would like it, but I don’t know if I would like it as much as reading the real book. I think it would be great for text books. If it would index recipes in cook books that would be good. If I traveled to work on the train, I might like to have one. But right now, I am happy with my real books.



  3. I have to say, that was very impressive! But like you, I would still want the book, as I buy for illustrations as well. Whether or not today’s kids would also want the book, I don’t know. I suspect it would have a lot to do with the book mindset their parents have raised them with.
    BTW – the last sentence in your post? You missed an opportunity for another cliche, LOL …. don’t throw away the baby with the bath water until you’ve considered other ideas. Ha!


    • Jeanne,

      That is funny. I should have kept the cliche thing going.



  4. Yes, I also have to admit that the Alice ebook is impressive. I am certainly not a young person chronologically, so I too enjoy the feel of a book in my hands and most definitely enjoy pondering and wondering over illustrations in a picture book; seeing the pages anew each time I pick it up. Most kids born today however, will probably not develop the same affection for the tactile book. I hope that the excitement of the simple animation still invites them to ponder and wonder over the artistry and possibilities of the images so they are able to create their own magic within the images.


  5. Thanks for the mention, Kathy!



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