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Gabrielle Grimard’s Lila and the Crow Wins 2017 Skipping Stones Honor Award

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Each year, Skipping Stones, a magazine devoted to promoting cultural and ecological diversity in children’s literature, puts out a list of recommended children’s books. The chosen stories are ones that Skipping Stones feels contain important messages of diversity, environmentalism, and multi-culturalism. In honor of their twenty fifth anniversary, this year their list of winners is twenty five books long. Gabrielle Grimard‘s picture book, Lila and the Crow, is one of the lucky twenty five!

Lila and the Crow is a picture that tells the story of a young girl who is bullied at her new school for her dark hair and skin. But a dawning friendship with a mysterious local crow teaches her to appreciate her own beauty and strength. Lila is Gabrielle Grimard’s authorial debut. Skipping Stones included it in the category of Multicultural and International books. Congratulations, Gabrielle!

Lila and the Crow can be purchased online here.

Alyssa Bermudez Featured in “Spotlight on Latina Illustrators” Blog Series

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Latinxs in Kids Lit, a blog that explores the presence of Latinx writers and illustrators in children’s and YA features, has been running a series of interviews featuring Latina illustrators. The most recent edition includes Alyssa Bermudez, illustrator of the recent picture book Lucía the Luchadora.

They asked Alyssa questions focusing on her inspiration, her artistic process, and what picture books mean to her. Alyssa highlighted the importance of picture books and diversity in her answer, “Picture books are important because it allows children to visualize and understand their own stories as they grow up.”

The complete interview can be found here.

Scholastic Canada Releases I Am Canada Picture Book Including Ashley Spires Illustration

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It’s Canada’s 150th anniversary and in honor of this exciting event, Scholastic Canada released a new book entitled I Am Canada. Featuring the poem of the same title by Heather Patterson, this beautiful picture book is illustrated by some of Canada’s top artsts, including Painted Word’s own Ashley Spires. Happy anniversary, Canada!

More information is available about I Am Canada here.

Gerald Kelley’s Please Please the Bees Included on Kirkus’s List of Recommended Environmental Books

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Kirkus recently shared “Getting Down to Earth,” a list of three recommended children’s books with strong environmental themes. Included on this list is Gerald Kelley‘s recently published Please Please the Bees. His authorial debut, Please Please the Bees is the story of a bear who loves honey…until the bees that make his honey go on strike!

Kirkus called Please “a delightful surprise,” and praised the book for combining pro-union messages with environmental themes. Kirkus recommends it to any teachers wanting to educate children on labor strikes or on the dangers currently facing honeybees. But Please Please the Bees should be an enjoyable picture book even to those not interested in those vital topics, because as Kirkus writes, “It’s funny and thought-provoking, and Kelley’s expressive paintings are sunny and warm.”

Kirkus’s “Getting Down to Earth” article is available here, and some awesome spreads from Please are linked here. You can purchase Please Please the Bees here.

Jill Dubin Wins Indie Book Award for Over in the Grasslands

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The 2017 Next Generation Indie Book Awards have been released! In the “Children’s Picture Book (6 Years & Up)” category, Over in the Grasslands: On an African Savanna, written by Marianne Berkes and illustrated by Jill Dubin tied for first place. Set to the rhyme of “Over in the Meadow,” Over in the Grasslands teaches children about the African savanna and the animals that live there. Congratulations, Marianne and Jill!

The full list of Indie Book Award winners is available hereOver in the Grasslands can be purchased here.

 

Noah Webster’s Fighting Words, Illus. by Mircea Catusanu, On Scholastic’s 50 Brilliant Books for Summer

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Summer is here, which means plenty of time for reading! Scholastic recently released a list of 50 Brilliant Books for Summer for children to read. Noah Webster’s Fighting Words, written by Tracy Nelson Maurer and illustrated by Mircea Catusanu, was included in this list under the non-fiction category. Noah is the true story of a little known founding father who compiled the first American English dictionary. Scholastic describes Noah as an “eye-catchingly illustrated biography.”

Scholastic full list of recommendations can be found hereNoah Webster’s Fighting Words can be purchased online here.

Please Please the Bees and Lucía the Luchadora Included in SLJ’s List of Recommended Small Presses

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The larger publishing houses are well known, but don’t forget smaller publishers or indie presses! In order to help spread awareness of these small presses, the SLJ recently put out an article entitled “Celebrating Small Publishers: An Array of Remarkable 2017 Titles From the Smallest Houses.” Included on this list were two picture books by artists/authors represented by Painted Words!

Lucía the Luchadora, written by Cynthia Leonor Garza and illustrated by Alyssa Bermudez, tells the story of a young girl who finds the bravery to stand up to bullies when her grandmother shares a secret about their family history. As the SLJ wrote, “What’s not to love?” Purchase Lucía the Luchadora online here

Please Please the Bees, Gerald Kelley‘s debut as an author, is the story of what happens when a group of bees stand up to the bear making huge demands on their honey production. The SLJ praised the bravery of the liberal, pro-union message of the story. You can purchase Please Please the Bees here.

The SLJ’s full list of recommended presses and titles can be found here.

Who Wants a Tortoise? Written by David Keane and Illus. by K.G. Campbell

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Seven of Painted Words’s Authors/Illustrators Books Included in Bank Street’s Best Children Books of the Year 2017

May 2, 2017

Every year, the Children’s Book Committee at Bank Street College of Education compile a list of the best children’s books of the previous year. Based on criteria such as literary excellence, quality of illustration, diversity, and emotional impact, these books are recommended for parents, librarians, and children. This year, Bank Street has chosen seven of Painted Words’s books as some of the best books of 2016!

Under Five:

Five to Nine:

Nine to Twelve:

Bank Street’s full list of recommended books can be found here. Congratulations to our Painted Words artists and authors!

K.G. Campbell, Barroux, and Liz Zunon Included on School Library Journal’s Best Books of 2016 Thus Far List

August 5, 2016

The School Library Journal has compiled a list of “Some of the Best Picture Books of 2016 Thus Far (Mid Year Summary),” featuring picture books published this year that they believe stand out. Three of our illustrators were included on the list. The chosen books were:

  • Don’t Call Me Grandma, written by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson and illustrated by Liz Zunon
  • Where’s the Elephant? by Barroux
  • K.G. Campbell‘s Dylan the Villain and Who Wants a Tortoise

Congratulations, Liz, Barroux, and K.G.! You can read the full list of recommended books here.

 

Spare Dog Parts Written by Alison Hughes and Illus. by Ashley Spires

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Ashley Spires Nominated for Two Chocolate Lily Book Awards

June 21, 2017

The Chocolate Lily Book Awards is a reader’s choice awards that selects some of the best children’s fiction from authors and illustrators from British Columbia in Canada. Every year, they nominate books in categories such as picture books and novels. This year, Canadian author/illustrator Ashley Spires was nominated for two different books (see below)! Congratulations, Ashley!

Picture Books – Spare Dog Parts, written by Alison Hughes and illustrated by Ashley Spires

Chapter Books/Early Novels – Fluffy Strikes Back, written and illustrated by Ashley Spires

The Chocolate Lily Book Award’s full list of nominated books is available here.

Seven of Painted Words’s Authors/Illustrators Books Included in Bank Street’s Best Children Books of the Year 2017

May 2, 2017

Every year, the Children’s Book Committee at Bank Street College of Education compile a list of the best children’s books of the previous year. Based on criteria such as literary excellence, quality of illustration, diversity, and emotional impact, these books are recommended for parents, librarians, and children. This year, Bank Street has chosen seven of Painted Words’s books as some of the best books of 2016!

Under Five:

Five to Nine:

Nine to Twelve:

Bank Street’s full list of recommended books can be found here. Congratulations to our Painted Words artists and authors!

Seven of Painted Words’s Authors/Illustrators Books Included in Bank Street’s Best Children Books of the Year 2017

by Claire Easton in Represents Comments: 0

Every year, the Children’s Book Committee at Bank Street College of Education compile a list of the best children’s books of the previous year. Based on criteria such as literary excellence, quality of illustration, diversity, and emotional impact, these books are recommended for parents, librarians, and children. This year, Bank Street has chosen seven of Painted Words’s books as some of the best books of 2016!

Under Five:

Five to Nine:

Nine to Twelve:

Bank Street’s full list of recommended books can be found here. Congratulations to our Painted Words artists and authors!