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The Quickest Kid in Clarksville, Illustrated by Frank Morrison

27 Jan 2016

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Seven of Painted Words’s Authors/Illustrators Books Included in Bank Street’s Best Children Books of the Year 2017

May 2, 2017

Every year, the Children’s Book Committee at Bank Street College of Education compile a list of the best children’s books of the previous year. Based on criteria such as literary excellence, quality of illustration, diversity, and emotional impact, these books are recommended for parents, librarians, and children. This year, Bank Street has chosen seven of Painted Words’s books as some of the best books of 2016!

Under Five:

Five to Nine:

Nine to Twelve:

Bank Street’s full list of recommended books can be found here. Congratulations to our Painted Words artists and authors!

Liz Zunon, Frank Morrison, and Il Sung Na Included on CCBC Choices 2017 List

March 28, 2017

The CCBC Choices list is an annual selection compiled by the Cooperative Children’s Book Center on the best children’s books of the year. This year, three of Painted Words authors illustrators have been included on the list under various categories!

Picture Books for School Age Children:

Concept Books:

The full list of selected books is available here.

CBC’s 2017 Notable Social Studies Books for Young People List Includes Frank Morrison, Gene Barretta, Gerald Kelley

January 27, 2017

Every year the Children’s Book Council (CBC) releases a list of children and YA books with social studies themes that they consider to be exceptional in storytelling, themes, diversity, and illustrations. They have recently released the preview for the 2017 list, and three of our authors and illustrators have made the list!

Kindergarten to Second Grade:

Third to Fifth Grade:

Congratulations, Gene, Gerald, and Frank! The full preview of recommended books for 2017 as well as more information about the selection process can be found here.

The Quickest Kid in Clarksville chosen for a Junior Library Guild Selection

October 5, 2016

The Quickest Kid in Clarksville has been chosen as a Junior Library Guild Selection for Spring 2016! This great honor is often a great predictor of future success for a children’s book. Congratulations, Frank and Pat!

Quickest Kid in Clarksville, illus. by Frank Morrison, nominated for North Carolina Children’s Book Award

August 30, 2016

The Quickest Kid in Clarksville, a picture book written by Pat Zietlow Miller and illustrated by Frank Morrison, was nominated for North Carolina’s Children’s Book Award. Every year, the school children of North Carolina nominate their favorite picture and junior books. Members of the North Carolina Children’s Book Award committee choose about ten books from the nominees. This year, The Quickest Kid was one of those chosen books. During the upcoming school year, children will read the nominated books and vote for their favorite. We’ll find out who won in March!

To see all the nominated books, check out the Children’s Book Award’s site hereThe Quickest Kid in Clarksville can be purchased online here.

Publishers Weekly Praises The Quickest Kid in Clarksville, illus. by Frank Morrison

February 9, 2016

The Quickest Kid in Clarksville, written by Pat Zietlow Miller and illustrated by Frank Morrison, comes out today! You can order it online here.

Publishers Weekly calls The Quickest Kid, “A story about teamwork and determination.” They praise Frank’s art, writing that, “Working in watercolor, Morrison…gives the girls abundant personality.” The Quickest Kid in Clarksville tells the story of two girls determined to impress their track hero, Wilma Rudolph, and prove who the fasted kid in Clarksville really is.

Check out Publishers Weekly’s full review here.

The Quickest Kid in Clarksville, illus. by Frank Morrison, Makes Amazon’s Best Books of February List

February 2, 2016

The Quickest Kid in Clarksville, written by Pat Zietlow Miller and illustrated by Frank Morrison, was chosen by Amazon as one of their best books of February for ages six to eight. The Quickest Kid tells of rival girls in the fifties who love to run track and learn to work together. Congratulations, Pat and Frank!

The Quickest Kid in Clarksville comes out February 9th and can be pre-ordered here. The full list of best books for ages six to eight can be found here.

Booklist Praises The Quickest Kid in Clarksville, illus. by Frank Morrison

January 27, 2016

The Quickest Kid in Clarksville, written by Pat Zietlow Miller and illustrated by Frank Morrison, doesn’t come out until February 9th, but it’s already receiving positive reviews! The Quickest Kid in Clarksville tells the story of Alta and Charmaine, two rival girls who love running and want to prove themselves to their hero, Olympian Wilma Rudolph. Booklist praises the The Quickest Kid for its inspiring message of “teamwork and unification,” and they write that, “Morrison’s bold, expressive watercolors capture the flavor of the era (1960s) with a contemporary tone that will make this story feel strikingly current.” The review is in Booklist’s February 1st issue. You can read it online here, and The Quickest Kid in Clarksville can be pre-ordered here!