Josh Selig, founder and president of Little Airplane Productions, will offer the first-ever Little Airplane Children's Book Academy from May 30-June 1. The three-day intensive course, led by renowned children's book publisher Brenda Bowen, is designed for industry professionals and beginners alike who want to learn what it takes to make and sell successful picture books. The academy runs concurrent with Book Expo America (BEA) and tuition to the academy includes a three day admission to BEA.
During the three-day course, participants get an overview of every step in the process of making children's books, including writing, illustrating, editing, design, legal and production. The course features accomplished children's book authors, illustrators, editors and others, including Jon Scieszka (author of THE STINKY CHEESE MAN, THE TRUE STORY OF THE THREE LITTLE PIGS and TRUCKTOWN), Greg Foley, (author of the Zolotow Award winning picture book THANK YOU, BEAR), Anne Schwartz (publisher of many distinguished and award-winning books for children, including Ian Falconer's OLIVIA) and Lee Wade (formerly the creative director of Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, where she designed and art directed numerous award-winning titles). Schwartz and Wade are vice presidents and co-publishers of Schwartz & Wade, an imprint of Random House Children's Books.
The event will also include a panel discussion with leading literary agents and publishers, who will field questions about how to publish your own work.
Bowen has been a children's book publisher at Simon & Schuster, Hyperion, and Bowen Press. Books edited by Bowen have won the Caldecott Honor, the Newbery Award, the National Book Award, and the Eisner Award. As a picture book author, Bowen was awarded the Christopher Medal in 2008 under the pseudonym Margaret McNamara.