I was reminded that the text of a picture book is as much about what is not said as it is about what is said. Writing is about trust. This is particularly true in the writing of a picture book. I trust that the illustrator and designer will be faithful to my words and vision, but I also trust that they will see beyond my words and allow their own visions to take their proper course. It is a curious alchemy, the collaborative process.— Mark Karlins
Mark, a member of my critique group, passed away earlier this month. He was gentle and kind and so very wise. If you haven’t yet read his last book, Kiyoshi’s Walk, it’s beautiful. I encourage you to pick up a copy.
Thank you, Mark, for all you taught me.