Two Books From Painted Words Artists Win 2018 Parents’ Choice Awards
June 11, 2018
Congratulations to Jaime Kim and London Ladd, who illustrated books that have received 2018 Parents’ Choice Awards! Kim’s La La La: A Story of Hope, written by Kate DiCamillo, has won a Parents’ Choice Gold Award, and Ladd’s Midnight Teacher: Lily Ann Granderson and Her Secret School received a Parents’ Choice Silver Award. You can view the complete winners list here and don’t forget to grab a copy of La La La here and Midnight Teacher here.
Midnight Teacher, Illust. by London Ladd Released Today
February 6, 2018
Midnight Teacher: Lilly Ann Granderson and Her Secret School written by Janet Halfmann and illustrated by London Ladd is available for purchase today! The nonfiction picture book, which received a Kirkus Starred Review ahead of its release, relates the history of the courageous enslaved woman who held secret classes to educate fellow enslaved people. Teaching hundreds of enslaved individuals to read and write, Granderson’s story is inspirational, and beautifully portrayed through Halfmann’s prose, coupled with Ladd’s realistic illustrations.
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Great Publishers Weekly Review for Midnight Teacher, Illus. by London Ladd
December 20, 2017
Publishers Weekly shared a review of upcoming biographical picture book Midnight Teacher: Lilly Ann Granderson and Her Secret School. Written by Janet Halfmann and illustrated by London Ladd, Midnight Teacher recounts the story of a woman born into slavery whose determination and bravery led to the literacy of countless slaves. Publishers Weekly praises London Ladd’s “rich, naturalistic” images and remarks on the “painful but uplifting” nature of the inspirational narrative.
Kirkus Starred Review for Midnight Teacher, Illus. by London Ladd
December 4, 2017
Coming out in February 2018, Midnight Teacher: Lilly Ann Granderson and Her Secret School is the true story of an amazing woman. Written by Janet Halfmann and illustrated by London Ladd, Midnight Teacher tells the story of Lilly Ann Granderson, a woman living in slavery who ran a secret school to teach her fellow slaves how to read, despite the high potential for punishment.
Kirkus reviewed Midnight Teacher and gave it a starred review. They praised the importance of the story, calling it a “remarkable, true story.” They write of London’s illustrations, “[The] picture book’s detailed, realistic illustrations were created using acrylic paint and colored pencil. Ladd’s artwork shows Lilly Ann’s determination to improve lives through literacy and will also familiarize readers with the book’s historical settings.” In all, they conclude that Midnight Teacher is, “An excellent homage to an African-American woman who taught ahead of her time.”