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Mae and June and the Wonder Wheel, Written by Charise Mericle Harper and Illustrated by Ashley Spires

03 Feb 2017

10 Books Illus. by PW Artists On Bank Street College’s Best Children’s Books Of Year List

June 4, 2018

Congratulations to the following Painted Words artists/authors whose books were included in Bank Street College’s Best Children’s Books of the Year 2018 List:

Frank MorrisonOne Last Word, Clayton Byrd Goes Underground
Ashley SpiresThe Thing Lou Couldn’t Do, Mae and June and the Wonder Wheel
Vanessa Brantley-NewtonThe Youngest Marcher
Fabricio VandenBroeckThirsty, Thirsty Elephants
Gabrielle GrimardStolen Words
Elise GravelOlga and the Smelly Thing from Nowhere
Mircea CatusanuNoah Webster’s Fighting Words
Elizabeth ZunonOne Last Word, The Legendary Miss Lena Horne

One Last Word: Wisdom From the Harlem Renaissance by Nikki Grimes with illustrations from 15 artists including Frank Morrison and Elizabeth Zunon was the recipient of the Claudia Lewis Award for the best poetry book of the year for young readers, while The Youngest Marcher illustrated by Vanessa B. Newton, Clayton Byrd Goes Underground illustrated by Frank Morrison, and The Legendary Miss Lena Horne illustrated by Elizabeth Zunon, were each recognized for Outstanding Merit. You can view the full list of books here.

Amazon’s Best Children’s Books of 2017 So Far Features Two Painted Words Artists

June 22, 2017

Summer is here and we’re nearly halfway through 2017, if you can believe it! It’s the perfect time to look back at the year and pick some of the best children’s books of the year so far. Amazon recently compiled a list of their editors’ books of the year. Two of our own artists’ picture books made it on the list!

In the Ages 3 to 5 category, Amazon chose Lucía the Luchadora, written by Cynthia Leonor Garza and illustrated by Alyssa Bermudez. This vivid picture book tells the story of a young girl who draws on her heritage of lucha libre to become a hero on her playground. Purchase it here.

In the Ages 6 to 8 category is Mae and June and the Wonder Wheel, written by Charise Mericle Harper and illustrated by Ashley Spires. A chapter book for young readers, Mae and June focuses on the adventures of two young girls who pick each day’s activities based on a wheel with a list of tasks. Purchase it here.

Amazon’s full list of 2017’s Best Books So Far is available here.

Mae and June and the Wonder Wheel, Illus. by Ashley Spires, Chosen as One of Amazon’s Best Books of the Month For Ages 6-8

February 3, 2017

Mae and June and the Wonder Wheel, written by Charise Mericle Harper and illustrated by Ashley Spires, is a early reader chapter book coming out soon. It tells the story of the new friendship of two young girls and a talking dog. With the help of a spinning wheel that helps them decide what to do every day, they set out to have fun and adventures. Amazon chose this cheerful chapter book as one of its Editors Picks of the Month for ages 6 to 8 for the month of June.

Mae and June and the Wonder Wheel is coming out in just a few days on February 7th! You can pre-order it online here. Amazon’s full list of picks of the month for ages 6 to 8 can be found here.