I'm looking forward to seeing what children's book author Elisha Cooper has been up to. He has a new picture book, Farm (Orchard Books, 2010), due out in April, and Publishers Weekly interviewed him recently here.
PW: It seems as though immersing yourself in various worlds—of farming, dance, baseball, the beach—is an important part of creating a book.
EC: Yes, definitely. I love all parts of making books. I love the sketching, painting, writing, design, and the crafting of a book. But if there's one part I love most, it's probably that raw, initial moment when it's just me and my sketchbook and I'm standing in a field, or in a dance studio, and it comes together. Watching the way a dancer moves, noticing that a tractor looks like a beetle. You have to be there, in that moment. That is a huge part of what I do.
Cooper, a former colleague of mine, stopped by the blog a while back to talk about ridiculous/hilarious/terrible/cool, a nonfiction young adult book documenting a year in the life of a Chicago high school. You can read about that one here.
Cover image borrowed from Powell's Books