Jed Alexander is an author and illustrator who has done work for a variety of publications, including Cricket Magazine and SpongeBob Comics. His first book for children is Red, from Cameron + Company. He lives in Davis California with his wife and best friend in the world, Regina, and the best dog in the world, Cinderpants.
Q and A with Jed Alexander
I hope they'll invest a little of themselves into the book. Since Red is wordless, each reader's experience will be a little different. My hope is that the reader imagines and becomes immersed in their own world inside the book.
Telling a story without words through pantomime. Every expression and gesture became important. What to leave out was as important as what to leave in. I wanted to give the reader enough information to tell the story, but leave enough room for the reader to tell their own.
Encourage kids to choose their own books, even if those books are below their reading level. A great book doesn't have a reading level. Great children's literature is great literature. What's important is that kid's read. The more they're discouraged from reading the books that they're drawn to, the more reading becomes a chore, and the less likely they are to become lifelong readers.
I'm currently working on Gold, the follow up to Red. It should be out sometime in 2020.
In the Night Kitchen, by Maurice Sendak.
I've always been drawn to books with words and pictures. It seemed natural to want to make them.
It's enriched every aspect of my life. I've learned how many different people experience the world from many different perspectives. Reading is an escape, a solace, and a way to gain empathy for other people.