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Flora and the Penguin by Molly Idle

22 Oct 2014

Bank Street College Best Books of 2015 Includes Connie Schofield-Morrison, Frank Morrison, Molly Idle, Ashley Spires

March 25, 2015

The Bank Street College of Education releases an annual list of the best children’s books, and this year we are proud to announce the inclusion of several of our illustrators’ and authors’ books. Included on the list are The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires, Flora and the Penguin by Molly Idle, I Got the Rhythm by Connie Schofield-Morrison and illustrated by Frank Morrison, and Little Melba and Her Big Trombone, illustrated by Frank Morrison.

According to Bank Street’s website, “In choosing books for the annual list, reviewers consider literary quality and excellence of presentation as well as the potential emotional impact of the books on young readers. Other criteria include credibility of characterization and plot, authenticity of time and place, age suitability, positive treatment of ethnic and religious differences, and the absence of stereotype.”

Congratulations Frank, Connie, Molly, and Ashley on this fantastic honor!

To view the complete list, click here.


2015 Wisconsin State Reading Association “Picture This!” List

March 19, 2015

Painted Words authors and illustrators Molly Idle, Elise Gravel, Vanessa Brantley Newton, and Ashley Spires had books selected for the  2015 WSRA (Wisconsin State Reading Association) Picture This! ListFor this award, the committee evaluates books based on the quality of literature, the appeal for students, and the value for classroom use.  The books selected from our talented artists include Flora and the PenguinThe Fly, The Worm, The Hula Hoopin’ Queen, and The Most Magnificent Thing.  Congrats, ladies!

To view the full list, click here.

Hula-Hoopin’ Queen, Little Melba,Flora and the Penguin honored by CCBC

March 5, 2015
CCBC Choices is an annual list of children’s books that are considered the “best-of-the-year” for various categories including “Understanding Oneself and Others” and “Historical People, Places and Events.”The complete list of books can be found here.

Flora and the Penguin featured on Picture This! List 2015

March 5, 2015

The WSRA (Wisconsin State Reading Association) featured Flora and the Penguin on its Picture This! List for 2015, which is compiled to aid educators looking for books to use in the classroom.

Flora and the Penguin was written and illustrated by Molly Idle, and it was chosen for the list “based on the quality of literature, the appeal for students, and the value for classroom use.”

View the full list of books here.


Horn Book recommends Molly Idle’s Flora and the Penguin  

December 2, 2014

Molly Idle’s Flora and the Penguin is enjoying its position in the spotlight with another fantastic review, this time from The Horn Book. Filed under its ‘recommended books’ section, Flora and the Penguin  was described as “graceful” and “rhythmic.”

Flora and the Penguin is the sequel to Flora and the Flamingo, which also received many starred reviews and was a 2014 Caldecott Honor book.

Congratulations to Molly Idle!


Two starred reviews for Flora and the Penguin by Molly Idle 

December 1, 2014

Flora and the Penguin, the second in Molly Idle’s much-praised Flora series,received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and School Library Journal.

About the sequel to Caldecott Honor-winning Flora and the Flamingo, Publishers Weekly commented that, “Once again, Idle’s elegantly drafted scenes couldn’t be more polished, and the foldout sequence that brings this dance to a close feels like a real triumph.”

School Library Journal said: “Preschoolers will enjoy narrating the action while they flip through the pages of this beautiful book.”

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Molly Idle ‘Talks With Roger’ about Flora and the Penguin

October 15, 2014

Molly Idle gave a fantastic interview with Horn Book editor, Roger Sutton, during which they discussed her new bookFlora and the Penguin.

Flora and the Penguin by Molly Idle out now

October 3, 2014

Fans of Molly Idle’s Caldecott winning Flora and the Flamingo will delight at the new addition to the series, Flora and the Penguin. In this beautiful 40-page book, Idle reprises her gorgeous style and charming storytelling, only this time Flora’s avian accomplice is a pudgy penguin rather than the fabulous flamingo from the previous tale.

This wordless book encourages readers to use their imaginations to connect the flowing pictures with the story. Idle’s masterful use of page turn anticipation and page flaps will delight and surprise readers, whether used as a story time book or read to an individual.

Flora and the Penguin has already received excellent reviews, including a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly noting that “Once again, Idle’s elegantly drafted scenes couldn’t be more polished, and the foldout sequence that brings this dance to a close feels like a real triumph.”

Idle has already announced that she is working on her next Flora project, which will feature a new feathered friend – Flora and the Peacock.

Flora and the Penguin is out now.