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Title: Positioning for Picture Books
Post by: sherri-cadmus-2 on October 21, 2020, 11:19 AM
I've written a book that doesn't fall into typical age categories.  Its overall subject is loss and connection.  It is a detailed story which would hold the attention of older children (and adults) but it also has beautiful illustrations which makes it accessible to younger children as well.  I am self-publishing.   Looking for advice on how to position book in catalogs, online, etc. 
Title: Re: Positioning for Picture Books
Post by: JulieM on October 21, 2020, 02:46 PM
This is a genre. For a possible comparative book to research, I suggest you start with the work of  Shaun Tan.
Title: Re: Positioning for Picture Books
Post by: Vijaya on October 21, 2020, 06:03 PM
Julieeeeee! Love your new avatar!!! So fun.

:welcome Sherri and I think you'll find many of us enjoying PB for the older reader. Shaun Tan is a great example. You might want to mention visual literacy as a thing for PBs for older children because they aren't just for little kids. What about comparing it to something classic like Blueberries for Sal? I love nonfiction and a lot of those are geared towards the older reader. I'm thinking of Countdown, One Giant Step--my brain is on space exploration.
Title: Re: Positioning for Picture Books
Post by: JulieM on October 22, 2020, 02:34 PM
Julieeeeee! Love your new avatar!!! So fun.

Thanks, Vijaya. I'm so happy about it - imagine starring an insect on a cover, over a mammal or bird!

I just thought I'd add to this thread, as encouragement, that the big children's book awards in Australia have two picture book categories - one for young readers, and one for general readers. How good is that?!
Title: Re: Positioning for Picture Books
Post by: Vijaya on October 23, 2020, 05:59 AM
Julie, that's great news about the awards. So often children's is the only category and it's the most diverse of all. And yay for an insect beating a mammal or bird! I will forever remember JBS Haldane's comment on the mind of God, "an inordinate fondness for beetles."