Author and illustrator Carin Berger's new children's picture book is Good Night! Good Night!. From her Q&A with Deborah Kalb:
Q: How did you come up with the idea for Good Night! Good Night!, and why did you pick bunnies as the characters?--Marshal Zeringue
A: Like many kids, my daughter was a sleepless wonder...always finding one more reason to delay bedtime. The delicate balancing act of nighttime rituals...the parental goal of ending the evening and the delicious cuddliness of that particular point in the day was the inspiration for Good Night! Good Night!.
As for bunnies...well...we have a beloved pet rabbit, Pearly, who is now 100 years old in bunny years, and he [or bunnies] appear in some form in many of my books.
Q: How do your illustrations and your writing come together for you when you're starting a book project like this? Does one happen before the other, or do you work on them simultaneously?
A: In most of my books, including this one, the writing...[read on]