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Clayton Byrd Goes Underground Written by Rita Williams-Garcia and Illustrated by Frank Morrison

06 Oct 2017

Chicago Public Library’s Best of the Best Books 2017 Includes Seven Books from Our Artists

November 29, 2017

The end of the year is approaching at last. That means it’s time for best books of the year lists! The latest one is from the Chicago Public Library, and their list of recommendations includes seven books from our Painted Words authors and illustrators!

Best Picture Books 2017:

Best Fiction for Younger Readers 2017:

Best Informational Books for Younger Readers 2017:

Best Fiction for Older Readers 2017:

Best Informational Books for Older Readers 2017:

Congratulations to all our talented authors and artists! The CPL’s full list of recommended books from 2017 is available here.

Vanessa Brantley Newton and Frank Morrison Nominated for NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Literary Works

November 21, 2017

The 49th NAACP Image Awards are coming soon. The NAACP Image Award is an awards ceremony to honor the work of artists of color in genres spanning cinema, music, and literature, held each year on MLK’s birthday. This year, two books illustrated by Painted Words’s artists have been nominated!

In the “Outstanding Literary Work – Children” category is The Youngest Marcher: The Story of Audrey Faye Hendricks, A Young Civil Rights Activist, written by Cynthia Levinson and illustrated by Vanessa Brantley Newton. In the “Outstanding Literary Work – Youth/Teens” is Clayton Byrd Goes Underground written by Rita Williams-Garcia and illustrated by Frank Morrison. Congratulations!

The full list of nominees for the NAACP Image Award is available hereThe Youngest Marcher can be purchased here and Clayton Byrd Goes Underground is available for purchase here.

Clayton Byrd Goes Underground, by Rita Williams-Garcia and Illus. by Frank Morrison, Nominated for National Book Award

October 6, 2017

Every year since 1950, a select group of books wins the National Book Award. This prestigious award is given to the best books of the year in fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and children’s literature categories. This year’s nominees for the awards have been announced, with five potential winners in each category.

In the children’s literature category, Clayton Byrd Goes Underground was one of the nominees. Clayton Byrd was written by Rita Williams-Garcia and the cover was illustrated by Frank Morrison. This bittersweet book for young readers tells the story of a boy’s attempts to cope with the loss of his grandfather through music. Congratulations to Rita and Frank for their nomination!

The full list of nominees for the National Book Award can be found hereClayton Byrd Goes Underground is available for purchase here.