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The Legendary Miss Lena Horne, illustrated by Liz Zunon

15 Jun 2016

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Liz Zunon Events for the Upcoming Weekend

March 9, 2017

March is Women’s History Month, and Liz Zunon is celebrating in style with two events this weekend in which she will read her picture book, The Legendary Miss Lena Horne, written by Carole Boston Weatherford, which tells the story of a powerful woman: actress, singer, and civil rights activist Lena Horne.

On Saturday, Liz will be signing copies of Lena Horne in The Open Door Bookstore in Schenectady, New York from 1 to 2:30 pm. Copies of her picture book Poems in the Attic, written by Nikki Grimes, which also celebrates girls and their creative efforts, will also be available. You can find out more information about the event here.

Sunday,  Liz will participate in a Story time and Art Making event at the Albany Institute of History and Art. A reading of The Legendary Miss Lena Horne will be followed by a special art activity. Afterward, she will sign copies of her book in the museum gift shop. More information about this event can be found here.

The Legendary Miss Lena Horne can be purchased here.

Four Painted Words Artists Make New York Times List of Five Iconic African American Biographies for Kids

February 13, 2017

The New York Times recently published an article entitled “Five Iconic African-American Biographies for Kids.” Three out of five of these recommended picture books were written and/or illustrated by artists from Painted Words! The recommended titles included Muhammad Ali: A Champion is Born, The Legendary Miss Lena Horne, and The Youngest Marcher. 

Muhammad Ali, written by Gene Barretta and illustrated by Frank Morrison, tells the story of the incident that set a young Ali (then called Cassius Clay) onto his boxing career. Times described it as a, “playful, dynamic look at the champion’s quest for greatness.” They praised Frank for “[giving] the art a joyful zing and a serious yet eminently kid-friendly vibe.” Muhammad Ali can be purchased here.

The Legendary Miss Lena Horne, written by Carole Boston Weatherford and illustrated by Liz Zunon, is the biography of actress, singer, and civil rights activist Lena Horne. The New York Times writes, “The book’s sizzling clarity recalls Horne’s own voice,” and praises Liz’s illustrations, writing, “Zunon…plays with shadow and light to suggest the hidden depths of a very public life.” The Legendary Miss Lena Horne can be purchased here.

The Youngest Marcher, written by Cynthia Levinson and illustrated by Vanessa Brantley Newtonreveals the story of Audrey Faye Hendricks, the youngest known marcher to be arrested in the Birmingham civil rights protests of the ’60s. The Times writes, “Levinson and Newton keep her story bright and snappy, emphasizing the girl’s eagerness to make a difference and her proud place in her community.” The Youngest Marcher can be purchased online here.

You can find the New York Times full list of recommended black history titles here.

Liz Zunon, Shadra Strickland, and Vanessa Newton on Time for Kids’ List of Recommended Black History Month Books

February 9, 2017

In honor of Black History Month, Time for Kids compiled a list of eight new children’s books that honor black history and interviewed the authors and illustrators of these recommended picture books. TFK’s article was also featured on Essence.com. Three books that were illustrated by Painted Words artists made the list!

The Legendary Miss Lena Horne, written by Carole Boston Weatherford and illustrated by Liz Zunon, tells the life story of singer, actress, and civil rights activist Lena Horne. TFK interviewed the author, and she said that she hopes that Lena’s story can be “can be both an inspiration and a guide to overcoming obstacles.” The Legendary Lena Horne can be purchased here

The Youngest Marcher, written by Cynthia Levinson and illustrated by Vanessa Brantley Newtonis the true story of the youngest known marcher in the Birmingham civil rights protests. Cynthia Levinson told TFK, “The story is also about knowing in your heart what is right and facing down your fear.” The Youngest Marcher can be purchased here.

2017 is the 50th anniversary of landmark civil rights case, “Loving Vs. Virginia,” which made it legal for people of different races to marry. The documentary picture book Loving Vs. Virginia, written by Patricia Hruby Powell and illustrated by Shadra Strickland, tells the story of this famous case. TFK interviewed Shadra, and she told TFK, “It’s empowering to read about normal people who [are] able to find great courage and overcome challenges in life.” Loving Vs. Virginia can be purchased here.

Time for Kids’ full list of recommended black history month books can be found here. The Essence.com version can be found here.

CBC’s Hot Off the Press Includes Books from Liz Zunon, Gene Barretta, Frank Morrison, and Vanessa B Newton

January 4, 2017

The Children’s Book Council published a list of books it calls “Hot Off the Press,” a collection recently released and forthcoming picture books that they anticipate becoming bestsellers, and four of our authors/illustrators had books included on this list!

In the Featured Books section is forthcoming The Legendary Miss Lena Horne, written by Carole Boston Weatherford and illustrated by Liz ZunonThe Legendary Miss Lena Horne tells the story of pioneering actress, singer, and civil rights activist Lena Horne. The picture book will be published later this month and can be pre-ordered online here.

In the More Titles section is The Youngest Marcher, written by Cynthia Levinson and illustrated by Vanessa Brantley NewtonThe Youngest Marcher is based on the true story of Audrey Faye, the youngest marcher to be arrested in the Birmingham civil rights protests. It comes out later this month and can be ordered online here.

Also included in this section is Muhammad Ali: A Champion is Born, written by Gene Barretta and illustrated by Frank MorrisonMuhammad Ali is the story of how the famous heavyweight boxer first got his start in boxing. This picture book was released today! It can be ordered online here.

Make sure to keep an eye on these books to see if the CBC’s predictions are right!

More Praise for The Legendary Miss Lena Horne, Illus. by Liz Zunon

December 13, 2016

The Legendary Miss Lena Horne, written by Carole Boston Weatherford and illustrated by Liz Zunon, isn’t coming out until early 2017, but it’s already receiving a lot of buzz, and here’s another great new review from Publishers Weekly!

The Legendary Miss Lena Horne tells the true story of groundbreaking actress, singer, and civil rights activist Lena Horne. Publishers Weekly praised it for its use of source material and its portrayal of Horne’s struggles, and write that, “Zunon’s warm-hued, multi-textured oil-and-collage images emphasize the determination of a woman who found her voice on stage as singer, actor, and activist.”

The full review can be found hereMiss Lena Horne can be pre-ordered online here.

Liz Zunon, Frank Morrison, and Gene Barretta Included in List of New Books for African American Young Readers

December 1, 2016

Publisher’s Weekly recently compiled a list of new and upcoming books, published between 2016 and 2017, that are focused on African American issues. Focusing on historical events and famous figures, as well as current events or African American characters, these are great books for African American young readers and for everyone.

Included on this list is the forthcoming Muhammad Ali: A Champion is Born, written by Gene Barretta and illustrated by Frank Morrison, and The Legendary Miss Lena Horne, written by Carole Boston Weatherford and illustrated by Liz Zunon

These picture books will both be released in January of 2017. You can pre-order Muhammad Ali here and Miss Lena Horne here.

The Legendary Miss Lena Horne, illus. by Liz Zunon, Received A Starred Review from Kirkus

October 19, 2016

The Legendary Miss Lena Horne, written by Carole Boston Weatherford and illustrated by Liz Zunon, is an inspiring picture book based on the life of singer, actress, and civil rights activist Lena Horne. Despite the racism of her time period, Lena Horne won accolades, honors, and the first ever studio contract for an African American Actress.

The Legendary Miss Lena Horne won’t be released until January 2017, but just like the actress it’s based on, it’s already winning recognition and praise. Kirkus reviews Lena Horne in its November issue and gives it a starred review! They call Lena Horne, “A memorable life dedicated to music and civil rights, presented with commensurate style.” The review writes of Liz’s illustrations that, “Zunon’s oil paint and cut-paper collage illustrations are more than a match for Horne’s dynamic onstage presence. Their dramatic design showcases a woman of great beauty and extraordinary talent.”

Simon and Schuster Reveals the Cover to Liz Zunon’s New Book, The Legendary Miss Lena Horne

June 15, 2016

Liz Zunon‘s new book, The Legendary Miss Lena Horne, written by Carole Boston Weatherford and illustrated by Liz, is coming out this upcoming January. The picture book tells the inspiring story of Lena Horne, an African American actress and civil rights activist. The publisher, Simon and Schuster, has revealed the cover (as shown on the left) as well as several spreads online. You can see the beautiful images online here.