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Bird, Bear, Balloon by Il Sung Na

06 Mar 2017

Bird, Balloon, Bear and Lucía the Luchadora Included on NPR’s Recommended Kids’ Books of 2017

December 6, 2017 

NPR recently released their list of over 350 books they recommend as the Best Books of 2017. In the kids’ section, two of our artist’s works were included! These were Bird, Balloon, Bear and Lucía the Luchadora.

Bird, Balloon, Bear, written and illustrated by Il Sung Nais the story of a bird who wants to be friends with a bear but finds a balloon getting in the way. NPR praises the “sweet story” and calls Il Sung’s illustrations, “gorgeous” and “warm and endearing.” Bird, Balloon, Bear is available for purchase here.

Lucía the Luchadora, written by Cynthia Leonor Garza and illustrated  by Alyssa Bermudez, follows a little girl who wants to be a superhero but is told that it’s impossible for girls. When she learns of her family’s history of female lucha libre wrestlers, she finds the bravery to stand up for herself and others. NPR calls it, “a story of empowerment and doing the right thing.” Lucía the Luchadora is available for order here.

Check out NPR’s full list of recommended books for 2017 here!

Il Sung Na’s Bird, Balloon, Bear and Lucía the Luchadora, Illus. by Alyssa Bermudez, Chosen as Amazon Best Books of the Month

March 6, 2017

Il Sung Na‘s Bird, Balloon, Bear and Lucía the Luchadora, written by Cynthia Leonor Garza and illustrated by Alyssa Bermudez, were chosen by Amazon for their Best Books of the Month for Ages 3-5!

Bird, Balloon, Bear tells the story of a shy bird’s attempts to make friends with a bear who is more interested in a mysterious red balloon. Bird, Balloon, Bear will be released March 14th. You can pre-order it online here.

Lucía the Luchadora is the story of a plucky young girl who finds the bravery to stand up for herself and others when her grandmother reveals her family’s secret history of luchadoras, the female members of the lucha libre tradition. Lucía comes out tomorrow! If you can’t wait till then, you can pre-order it here.

The full list of books selected for Amazon’s Best Books of the Month can be found here.