A note from Holly McGhee:
Let's make as much light as we can from the arts.
In this last month of 2016, here are some words and pictures from the writers and artists we are honored to represent, as we rely more than ever on story to help expand our minds and imaginations in our struggle to find the light.
“It's never occurred to me that the stars are still up there shining even in the daytime when we can't see them.”
— I’LL GIVE YOU THE SUN by Jandy Nelson
“Hasn't the world always been full of monsters and lies? Isn't it our place to fight them, to tell the truth, to rewrite the story? To ensure the return of spring in a world of winter?"
— THE GALLERY by Laura Marx Fitzgerald
“I am here and you are here and we are here together.”
— RAYMIE NIGHTINGALE by Kate DiCamillo
“Maybe we always were the people we imagined ourselves to be. Able and brave. Maybe we still are.”
— THE DISENCHANTMENTS by Nina LaCour
“In the still of the night, the baby was born. He opened his eyes to kind faces, quiet animals, a soft blanket. . . and a dark sky that was made lovely with light. . . . Light in the darkness—the best gift of all.”
— STAR BRIGHT by Alison McGhee, illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds
“Hail to honor, courage, love . . .”
— ROLAND THE MINSTREL PIG by William Steig
“And so she had. Grandmother, who had spent a thousand years in a jar, had finally chosen love.
She had seen it, pure and simple and clean, seen it in the small beings of two gray cats and an old dog. Love in all its complexity and honor made a circle around them all.”
— THE UNDERNEATH by Kathi Appelt
“‘Of all the questions you ever ask yourself in life, never ask, “What’s the point?” It’s the worst question in the world,’ Ruby said.” — HELLO UNIVERSE by Erin Entrada Kelly
"‘Just because a magic is small doesn't mean it is unimportant,’ the Lightbender said. ‘Even the smallest magics can grow.’"
— CIRCUS MIRANDUS by Cassie Beasley
“Later she sat on the ground in the forest between school and home, and spring was so bright and beautiful, the warm air touched her so tenderly, she could almost feel herself changing into a flower. Her light dress felt like petals.
‘I love everything,’ she heard herself say.
‘So do I,’ a voice answered.
Pearl straightened up and looked around. No one was there.”
— THE AMAZING BONE by William Steig
“Someday you will swing high—so high, higher than you ever dared to swing.”
— SOMEDAY by Alison McGhee
“And in the moment between moonset and sunrise, Ernest D. looked upon the endlessness of his newly discovered land. ‘All this was hiding in a pond,’ said Ernest D. ‘How exceptional.’”
— BEYOND THE POND by Joseph Kuefler