It seems that at a meeting of the New England Children’s Booksellers Advisory Council, Ken Geist, v-p and editorial director of Orchard Books and Cartwheel Books and author of the picture book The Three Little Fish, asked independent booksellers to get behind picture books.
“I’m not finishing this year until we move the needle and sell more picture books,” said Geist, who added that he was not speaking on behalf of Scholastic. “I’m here to talk about what we can do collectively to raise the profile of picture books.”Geist is trying to start a grassroots movement, asking booksellers to send him suggestions as to how to get kids back in the bookstores. The article lists some of the suggestions he’s gotten.
Like most of us, he’s not real keen on celebrity books.
Singling out celebrity books like Tori Spelling’s upcoming fall release, Presenting...Tallulah, he added, “My worry is that that book isn’t going to make a lifelong reader.”What suggestion would you send him on very young children to read or parents to buy books for them?