Although children’s books usually take shape in a collaboration between a writer and an illustrator, there are also books written and illustrated by the same person: a ‘writer-illustrator’. What are the challenges for this kind of creative process? What does the book gain from it? What issues arise for a foreign publisher when acquiring rights for this kind of a book? Writers-illustrators from Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania – the Baltic Countries’ top names in the children’s literature scene – will discuss their different experiences.
Estonia will be represented by Piret Raud – the country’s most-translated children’s author, who began her writing career as an illustrator; Lithuania will be represented by the famous illustrator and writer Kęstutis Kasparavičius, whose works are translated into 26 languages worldwide; Latvia will be represented by illustrator, Art Academy of Latvia lector Rūta Briede and creator of the Bikibuks children’s book series.
These leading children’s books authors and illustrators from the Baltic Countries will discuss the challenges of creating texts and illustrations for children. Do Baltic authors have their own unique ‘formula’ for children’s books? And do their books differ from those in the UK? The discussion will be moderated by Pam Dix, chair of IBBY UK.
This session will look at what it means to create children’s books and literature – it is a challenge that requires keenness, creativity and courage. Children are the most demanding audience. Stories for children must be as real as we can imagine and conjure up.