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Time For Kids Interviews Shadra Strickland On Loving Vs. Virginia

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It’s Black History Month, and it’s also the fiftieth year of the landmark civil rights case “Loving Vs. Virginia,” which legalized the right for interracial marriages. In honor of that, a picture book documenting that important case has recently been published, Loving Vs. Virginia, written by Patricia Hruby Powell and illustrated by Shadra Strickland.

Time For Kids interviewed Shadra about her artistic process in illustrating this book. Shadra discusses her inspiration, research process, and why she thinks this story is important and relevant in the modern world. Shadra told the Time interviewer, “It is very important for young people to read books like these where we see regular people who, in some cases, have very little power to stand up for themselves and fight a greater system.”

To read the full interview, check it out on Time For Kids’ site here. You can purchase Loving Vs. Virginia online here.

Liz Zunon and Shadra Strickland Participating in 25th Annual African American Children’s Book Fair This Weekend

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This Saturday will be the 25th Annual African American Children’s Book Fair in Philadelphia. The African American Children’s Book Project is a non-profit formed to promote children’s literature written by and/or about African Americans. Every year they hold a book fair in Philadelphia, which is one of the largest events for African American children’s literature in the country.

This year, illustrators Liz Zunon (The Legendary Miss Lena Horne) and Shadra Strickland (Loving Vs. Virginia) will be among the authors and illustrators participating in the event. They will be signing books from 1 to 4 pm. If you’re in the area, make sure to stop by and get a book signed!

You can find out more details about the event here.

 

Noah Webster’s Fighting Words, Illustrated by Mircea Catusanu and Written by Tracy Nelson Maurer

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The NYPL’s List of Best Books for Kids 2017 Includes Five Books From Our Artists/Authors

November 21, 2017

The New York Public Library recently released a selection of their favorite kids books of the year. They call every book on this list “outstanding.” Five of the books included on their extensive list were written or illustrated by one of Painted Words’s authors or artists!

Congratulations to all our talented artists! Check out the full list of the NYPL’s recommended books here.

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

May 18, 2017

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.

Starred Review from Publishers Weekly for Noah Webster’s Fighting Words, Illus. by Mircea Catusanu

March 6, 2017

Publishers Weekly wrote a starred review for Noah Webster’s Fighting Words, an upcoming picture book written by Tracy Nelson Maurer and illustrated by Mircea Catusanu. Noah Webster tells the life story of the creator of the first American English dictionary. Publishers Weekly praises its humorous tone, calling it, “a boisterous account of a singular contributor to America’s linguistic legacy.” They also praise Mircea’s illustrations, writing, “Catusanu…creates lively, patchwork scenes that incorporate samples from prints, newspapers, books, and Webster’s own letters.”

Noah Webster’s Fighting Words will be released April 1st. You can pre-order it online here.

Noah Webster’s Fighting Words, Illus. by Mircea Catusanu, Receives a Starred Review from SLJ

February 2, 2017

The School Library Journal wrote a starred review of upcoming picture book, Noah Webster’s Fighting Words, written by Tracy Nelson Maurer and illustrated by Mircea CatusanuNoah Webster’s Fighting Words is a humorous biography of American icon Noah Webster, who compiled the first dictionary of English as spoken in America. The SLJ praised the “wonderfully clever and humorous depiction of Noah Webster,” and call the picture book, “engaging and amusing.” They praised Mircea’s illustrations as being an integral part of the book’s charm, writing, “The second element that makes the title so delightful is the collaged illustrations, which incorporate archival images and excerpts from primary documents in a visually appealing, lighthearted way.”

Noah Webster’s Fighting Words comes out in April of 2017. You can pre-order it online here.

Noah Webster’s Fighting Words, Illus. by Mircea Catusanu, Receives a Starred Review from SLJ

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The School Library Journal wrote a starred review of upcoming picture book, Noah Webster’s Fighting Words, written by Tracy Nelson Maurer and illustrated by Mircea CatusanuNoah Webster’s Fighting Words is a humorous biography of American icon Noah Webster, who compiled the first dictionary of English as spoken in America. The SLJ praised the “wonderfully clever and humorous depiction of Noah Webster,” and call the picture book, “engaging and amusing.” They praised Mircea’s illustrations as being an integral part of the book’s charm, writing, “The second element that makes the title so delightful is the collaged illustrations, which incorporate archival images and excerpts from primary documents in a visually appealing, lighthearted way.”

Noah Webster’s Fighting Words comes out in April of 2017. You can pre-order it online here.

Pirasaurs!, Illus. by Michael Slack, and Mary Had a Little Glam, Illus. by Vanessa Newton, Make 2016 Best In Rhyme List

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Angie Karcher, a children’s author and blogger, has nominated her top ten rhyming children’s books for 2016, and two books illustrated by our artists made the cut. Pirasaurs!, written by Josh Funk and illustrated by Michael Slack, tells in rhyme the story of a tiny piratical dinosaur. Mary Had a Little Glam, written by Tammy Sauer and illustrated by Vanessa B Newton, takes the story and rhyme scheme of “Mary Had a Little Lamb” and retells it as a story of a fashionable little girl and her attempts to glamorize her classmates. Both have been praised for their fun story and playful rhymes as well as their bright, energetic illustrations.

The final award announcements will be streaming on KidLitTV February 12th at 8 pm ET. Make sure to check it out!

The full list of rhyming winners can be found on Angie Karcher’s blog herePirasaurs! can be purchased here and Mary Had a Little Glam here.

Lost and Found Cat: The True Story of Kunkush’s Incredible Journey, Illustrated by Sue Cornelison

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Lost and Found Cat, Illus. by Sue Cornelison, Featured in Two New York Times Articles

August 9, 2017

Refugees are an important issue right now that’s on many people’s mind, an issue that may be difficult for parents to explain to children. In order to help with these complex issues, many books for children and teens have been released. The New York Times shone a spotlight on this trend this week, featuring two articles focused on books for children about refugees. Lost and Found Cat: The True Story of Kunkush’s Incredible Journey, written by Doug Kuntz and Amy Shrodes and illustrated by Sue Cornelison, was included in both of these articles.

Lost and Found Cat tells the true and heart warming tale of a family of refugees who became separated from their beloved family pet, only to be reunited a year later. The cover of Lost and Found Cat was included in the Times’s feature story in which they interviewed the authors of some stories about refugees. Lost and Found Cat was also included in a guide to some of the new picture books about refugees, entitled “Reading, Writing and Refugees.” The Times described it as “a rare war story with a happy ending,” and praised it for being a non-frightening way to approach a difficult topic.

The Times’s two articles can be found here and hereLost and Found Cat is available for purchase here.

Lost and Found Cat, Illus. by Sue Cornelison, Featured in NY Magazine’s The Cut in Article on Books About Refugees

February 8, 2017

The refugee crisis is on many people’s mind at present, and many parents and teachers are searching for books to help them explain the complex issue to their children. New York Magazine’s The Cut compiled an article on children’s books about refugees and immigrants, as recommended by booksellers and librarians.

The recently released picture book, Lost and Found Cat: The True Story of Kunkush’s Incredible Journey, written by Doug Kuntz and Amy Shrodes and illustrated by Sue Cornelison, was one of these recommended books. This touching, true story tells of an Iraqi refugee family who loses their beloved cat, and the incredible world wide effort to help them reunite with their pet. The librarian who recommended Lost and Found Cat said that, “Books are a great way to explore complex subjects — they often give kids a way to identify by making the event or idea come to life.”

The full list of recommended children’s books can be found hereLost and Found Cat can be purchased here.

Lost and Found Cat, Illus. by Sue Cornelison, Included on Huffington Post List of Children’s Books About Refugees

February 1, 2017

Huffington Post recently released a list of picture books and middle grade books that are great for helping children understand and empathize with the difficult issue of refugees. Included on this list is the picture book Lost and Found Cat, written by Doug Kuntz and Amy Shrodes and illustrated by Sue Cornelison. This touching story, based on real events, tells the story of an Iraqi refugee family who loses their beloved family cat, Kunkush, and the worldwide effort to reunite the cat and family.

The full list of recommended books can be found hereLost and Found Cat was released only yesterday and is now available for purchase! You can buy it online here.

Lost and Found Cat, Illus. by Sue Cornelison, Included on Huffington Post List of Children’s Books About Refugees

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Huffington Post recently released a list of picture books and middle grade books that are great for helping children understand and empathize with the difficult issue of refugees. Included on this list is the picture book Lost and Found Cat, written by Doug Kuntz and Amy Shrodes and illustrated by Sue Cornelison. This touching story, based on real events, tells the story of an Iraqi refugee family who loses their beloved family cat, Kunkush, and the worldwide effort to reunite the cat and family.

The full list of recommended books can be found hereLost and Found Cat was released only yesterday and is now available for purchase! You can buy it online here.

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

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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 2017 Notable Social Studies Books for Young People List Includes Frank Morrison, Gene Barretta, Gerald Kelley

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Every year the Children’s Book Council (CBC) releases a list of children and YA books with social studies themes that they consider to be exceptional in storytelling, themes, diversity, and illustrations. They have recently released the preview for the 2017 list, and three of our authors and illustrators have made the list!

Kindergarten to Second Grade:

Third to Fifth Grade:

Congratulations, Gene, Gerald, and Frank! The full preview of recommended books for 2017 as well as more information about the selection process can be found here.

K.G. Campbell’s Dylan the Villain Selected for the Texas Library Association 2×2 Reading List

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Every year, the Texas Library Association selects a list of 20 recommended books for children age two to grade two. This highly selective list is used by school and public librarians in Texas and across the country to select what books to buy for their library catalogs. K.G. Campbell‘s picture book Dylan the Villain, which tells the story of a little boy born to be a supervillain, was chosen to be on the current 2×2 list! Congratulations, K.G.!

The full 2×2 list can be found on the TLA site hereDylan the Villain can be purchased online here.