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Two Great New Reviews for The Youngest Marcher, Illus. by Vanessa B. Newton

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the-youngest-marcherComing out this upcoming January, The Youngest Marcher: The Story of Audrey Faye Hendricks, a Young Civil Rights Activist, written by Cynthia Levinson and illustrated by Vanessa B Newton, tells the story of Audrey Faye Hendricks, the youngest marcher known to be arrested in the Birmingham civil rights protests of the 1960s. This new picture book has received great reviews from both Publishers Weekly and The School Library Journal.

Publishers Weekly praised the picture book’s portrayal of the bravery of the marchers and wrote, “Newton’s bright, digitally assembled collages adeptly highlight the danger of the situation…while emphasizing the power of the marchers’ collective efforts to push back against injustice.” Read the full review here.

The School Library Journal commented on The Youngest Marcher‘s detailed inclusion of source material about the marches and praised the way that Vanessa’s illustrations worked to show the contrast between an idealized expectation of marches and the actual discomfort of the experience, writing that, “Digital collage illustrations show a young, pigtailed Audrey and her family mostly smiling and happy leading up to the march…Pictures and words combine to depict the discomfort of Hendricks’s actual experience.”

You can preorder The Youngest Marcher online here.

Frederick’s Journey, Illus. by London Ladd, Included on the Horn Book’s List of Recommended Picture Book Biographies

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frederick adThe Horn Book, a site that publishes information and recommendations about books for children and young adults, included Frederick’s Journey: The Life of Frederick Douglass, on a list of recommended picture book biographies. Frederick’s Journey, written by Doreen Rappaport and illustrated by London Laddis a biography of the life of famous American abolitionist Frederick Douglass. The Horn Book praises the book’s ability to synthesize Douglass’s complex life into the short form of a picture book, and writes that London’s illusrations, “alternate between moments of violence and times of reflection — all resulting in a portrait that is fiery yet dignified.”

To see the full review and the Horn Book’s other recommended biographies, check out their site here. You can order Frederick’s Journey online here.

NPR’s Best Books of 2016 Includes Il Sung Na’s The Opposite Zoo and Don’t Call Me Grandma, Illus. by Liz Zunon

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The National Public Radio (NPR) put out a list of books chosen by their staff as being the best of 2016. Included in the children’s section is Don’t Call Me Grandma, written by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson and illustrated by Liz Zunon, and The Opposite Zoo by Il Sung Na.

Don’t Call Me Grandma is the story of a young girl’s relationship with her prickly but fascinating grandma. NPR praised the fact that this story presents an unconventional and more fully realized version of a grandmother than most childrens’ literature. They describe Liz’s illustrations as “genius.”

The Opposite Zoo teaches children about opposites through the medium of a whimsical, brightly colored zoo after it closes for the night. They describe the picture book as “spacious” and inviting.

Congratulations, Il Sung and Liz! The full list of recommended books can be found on NPR’s site here. You can purchase Don’t Call Me Grandma here and The Opposite Zoo here.

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Take Heart, My Child, Written by Ainsley Earhardt and Illustrated by Jaime Kim

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take-heart-my-childTake Heart, My Child, illus. by Jaime Kim, on New York Times Bestseller List for Two Weeks

December 6, 2016

The recently published picture book Take Heart, My Child, written by Ainsley Earhardt and illustrated by Jaime Kim, has now been at the top of the New York Times Bestseller list for two weeks straight! It debuted the week of December 4 at the number one spot. Currently it is at number two. Full of Jaime’s gorgeous illustrations, the New York Times describes it as “a lyrical address to a newborn.” Congratulations, Ainsley and Jaime!

You can find the New York Times’s list of bestselling picture books hereTake Heart, My Child, can be ordered online here.

Take Heart, My Child, illus. by Jaime Kim, on New York Times Bestseller List for Two Weeks

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take-heart-3The recently published picture book Take Heart, My Child, written by Ainsley Earhardt and illustrated by Jaime Kim, has now been at the top of the New York Times Bestseller list for two weeks straight! It debuted the week of December 4 at the number one spot. Currently it is at number two. Full of Jaime’s gorgeous illustrations, the New York Times describes it as “a lyrical address to a newborn.” Congratulations, Ainsley and Jaime!

You can find the New York Times’s list of bestselling picture books hereTake Heart, My Child, can be ordered online here.

Muhammad Ali: A Champion is Born, written by Gene Barretta and illustrated by Frank Morrison

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Four Painted Words Artists Make New York Times List of Five Iconic African American Biographies for Kids

February 13, 2017

The New York Times recently published an article entitled “Five Iconic African-American Biographies for Kids.” Three out of five of these recommended picture books were written and/or illustrated by artists from Painted Words! The recommended titles included Muhammad Ali: A Champion is Born, The Legendary Miss Lena Horne, and The Youngest Marcher. 

Muhammad Ali, written by Gene Barretta and illustrated by Frank Morrison, tells the story of the incident that set a young Ali (then called Cassius Clay) onto his boxing career. Times described it as a, “playful, dynamic look at the champion’s quest for greatness.” They praised Frank for “[giving] the art a joyful zing and a serious yet eminently kid-friendly vibe.” Muhammad Ali can be purchased here.

The Legendary Miss Lena Horne, written by Carole Boston Weatherford and illustrated by Liz Zunon, is the biography of actress, singer, and civil rights activist Lena Horne. The New York Times writes, “The book’s sizzling clarity recalls Horne’s own voice,” and praises Liz’s illustrations, writing, “Zunon…plays with shadow and light to suggest the hidden depths of a very public life.” The Legendary Miss Lena Horne can be purchased here.

The Youngest Marcher, written by Cynthia Levinson and illustrated by Vanessa Brantley Newtonreveals the story of Audrey Faye Hendricks, the youngest known marcher to be arrested in the Birmingham civil rights protests of the ’60s. The Times writes, “Levinson and Newton keep her story bright and snappy, emphasizing the girl’s eagerness to make a difference and her proud place in her community.” The Youngest Marcher can be purchased online here.

You can find the New York Times full list of recommended black history titles here.

Noozhawk Includes Muhammad Ali: A Champion is Born and Loving Vs. Virginia On List of Black History Month Books

January 30, 2017

Noozhawk, a Santa Barbara newspaper, has created a list of recommended books for young readers for the upcoming Black History Month. Included on that list were Loving Vs. Virginia and Muhammad Ali: A Champion is Born.

Loving Vs. Virginia, written by Patricia Hruby Powell and illustrated by Shadra Strickland, tells in verse the story of Mildred and Richard Loving, a young interracial couple in the 1950s who fought for and won the right for marriage between races. Noozhawk praises the beautiful poetry and Shadra’s illustrations, which they described as “vintage-style sketches…characterized by a loose, impromptu drawing style that reflects the honesty and energy of the couple’s journey together.”

Muhammad Ali: A Champion is Born is written by Gene Barretta and illustrated by Frank Morrison. This biographical picture book reveals the story of how the famous boxer got his start in boxing. Noozhawk calls Muhammad Ali, “lighter hearted and super fun…bold and cool,” and praises Gene’s narration for both showing Ali’s beginnings and his later battles for peace and equality.

Noozhawk’s full list of recommendations can be found here. Loving Vs. Virginia can be purchased online here and Muhammad Ali can be purchased here.

CBC’s Hot Off the Press Includes Books from Liz Zunon, Gene Barretta, Frank Morrison, and Vanessa B Newton

January 4, 2017

The Children’s Book Council published a list of books it calls “Hot Off the Press,” a collection recently released and forthcoming picture books that they anticipate becoming bestsellers, and four of our authors/illustrators had books included on this list!

In the Featured Books section is forthcoming The Legendary Miss Lena Horne, written by Carole Boston Weatherford and illustrated by Liz ZunonThe Legendary Miss Lena Horne tells the story of pioneering actress, singer, and civil rights activist Lena Horne. The picture book will be published later this month and can be pre-ordered online here.

In the More Titles section is The Youngest Marcher, written by Cynthia Levinson and illustrated by Vanessa Brantley NewtonThe Youngest Marcher is based on the true story of Audrey Faye, the youngest marcher to be arrested in the Birmingham civil rights protests. It comes out later this month and can be ordered online here.

Also included in this section is Muhammad Ali: A Champion is Born, written by Gene Barretta and illustrated by Frank MorrisonMuhammad Ali is the story of how the famous heavyweight boxer first got his start in boxing. This picture book was released today! It can be ordered online here.

Make sure to keep an eye on these books to see if the CBC’s predictions are right!

Amazing Review from New York Journal of Books of Gene Barretta and Frank Morrison’s Muhammad Ali: A Champion is Born

January 4, 2017

Muhammad Ali: A Champion is Born, written by Gene Barretta and illustrated by Frank Morrison, is out today! This new picture book tells the story of the heavyweight champion’s childhood and how he first began to box.

The New York Journal of Books wrote an amazing review of Muhammad Ali, praising the story, illustrations, and interesting depiction of Ali before he began his career. They call the picture book, “lovely beyond words,” and praise Gene’s writing as “fast-paced, realistic, and touching on an elemental level.” Of Frank’s illustrations, they write, “Award-winning artist Frank Morrison handles the illustrations with dignity and flare…Morrison captures the very essence of what made Cassius ‘Ali.'”

To read the whole review, follow this link to their site.  You can order Muhammad Ali online here.

Early Praise for Muhammad Ali: A Champion is Born, written by Gene Barretta and Illus. by Frank Morrison

December 13, 2016

Muhammad Ali: A Champion is Born, written by Gene Barretta and illustrated by Frank Morrisontells the story of how a young Muhammad Ali – then called Cassius Clay – got his start in boxing when he began working out after his bike was stolen. It comes out this January, but is already receiving praise from Publishers Weekly. They compliment the extensive historical information included by Gene and write that, “Working in acrylic, Morrison…creates visceral, dynamic action shots.”

The full review can be read hereMuhammad Ali can be pre-ordered online here.

Liz Zunon, Frank Morrison, and Gene Barretta Included in List of New Books for African American Young Readers

December 1, 2016

Publisher’s Weekly recently compiled a list of new and upcoming books, published between 2016 and 2017, that are focused on African American issues. Focusing on historical events and famous figures, as well as current events or African American characters, these are great books for African American young readers and for everyone.

Included on this list is the forthcoming Muhammad Ali: A Champion is Born, written by Gene Barretta and illustrated by Frank Morrison, and The Legendary Miss Lena Horne, written by Carole Boston Weatherford and illustrated by Liz Zunon

These picture books will both be released in January of 2017. You can pre-order Muhammad Ali here and Miss Lena Horne here.

Liz Zunon, Frank Morrison, and Gene Barretta Included in List of New Books for African American Young Readers

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Publisher’s Weekly recently compiled a list of new and upcoming books, published between 2016 and 2017, that are focused on African American issues. Focusing on historical events and famous figures, as well as current events or African American characters, these are great books for African American young readers and for everyone.

Included on this list is the forthcoming Muhammad Ali: A Champion is Born, written by Gene Barretta and illustrated by Frank Morrison, and The Legendary Miss Lena Horne, written by Carole Boston Weatherford and illustrated by Liz Zunon

These picture books will both be released in January of 2017. You can pre-order Muhammad Ali here and Miss Lena Horne here.

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Toronto Public Library Includes Elise Gravel and Gabrielle Grimard on List of Best Canadian Books of the Year

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The Toronto Public Library released a First and Best 2016 list, naming the books they thought were the best Canadian books of the year. Included in this list were their Top Ten Picks for Kids Under Five. Two of the books to make this list were Lila and the Crow, by Gabrielle Grimard, and The Toad, by Elise Gravel. Congratulations, Elise and Gabrielle!

Make sure to check out these First and Best books! You can purchase Lila and the Crow here and The Toad here.

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Gene Barretta and Josée Masse Included In NYPL’s 2016 List of Best Books for Kids

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The New York Public Library recently released their list of the best books of 2016 for teens and kids. They chose 100 books in various categories for kids, and 50 for teens. Two of Painted Words’s authors/illustrators made it to that list! In the nonfiction category was included Lincoln and Kennedy: A Pair to Compare by Gene BarrettaEcho, Echo: Reverso Poems About Greek Myths, written by Marilyn Singer and illustrated by Josée Masse, was included in the poetry category. Congratulations, Gene and Josée!

The entire list of books can be found on the NYPL’s site here. You can purchase Lincoln and Kennedy here and Echo, Echo here.

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Sunrise, Moonrise by Betsy Thompson

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sunrise-moonriseBetsy Thompson’s Sunrise, Moonrise Now Available For Purchase

November 29, 2016

Betsy Thompson‘s newest picture book, Sunrise, Moonrise, published by Simon and Schuster, is now available for purchase! This poetic picture book depicts the passing of time and the different animals that can be seen at different times with bold, colorful artwork in Betsy’s unique style. You can find Sunrise, Moonrise in your local bookstore or purchase it online here.