“It’s too quiet.” Authors cringe when they hear this from their agents. Agents sigh when these words are spoken by editors. “Quiet,” it seems, is the kiss of doom for an otherwise loveable manuscript, and yet… quiet persists. Some of the most beloved picture books of the past few years have been quiet books. Just because a book lacks clanging bells, honking vehicles, and over-the-top protagonists doesn’t mean it’s boring. When a book tells a good story, has heart, faces fear, sends us on an adventure, addresses challenges – it’s okay if it’s also quiet. Below are some texts that exemplify how books that aren’t noisy can be fascinating, engaging, and powerful. In a quiet sort of way.
The Antlered Ship by Dashka Slater, illustrated by The Fan Brothers
Hello, Lighthouse by Sophie Blackall
The Bear and the Piano by David Litchfield
The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles by Michelle Cuevas, illustrated by Erin E. Stead
The Darkest Dark written by Chris Hadfield and Kate Fillion, illustrated by The Fan Brothers
Michelle is offering a signed copy of her newest (quiet) picture book Sea Glass Summer. To be eligible for prizes throughout the challenge, you must be registered by March 4, comment on each post, consistently read mentor texts, and enter the Rafflecopter drawing at the conclusion of ReFoReMo.