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Wee Sister Strange, Written by Holly Grant and Illustrated by K.G. Campbell

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Wee Sister Strange, illus. by K.G. Campbell, Included in BookPage’s Majestic Moon Picture Book Roundup

September 21, 2017

Wee Sister Strange was only released a few days ago, but it’s already bringing in positive reviews! This beautiful new picture book is written by Holly Grant and illustrated by K.G. Campbell. It tells the story of a nymph-like girl wandering through the woods after dark, looking for a special something.

BookPage included this lovely new tale in their article, “Majestic Moon: New Picture Books Celebrate Earth’s Satellite.” This quick list rounds up some of the new picture books featuring the moon, including Wee Sister Strange. They call Wee Sister Strange, a “captivating story,” and praise the poetic language, particularly that surrounding the moon! They write of the illustrations, “Artist K.G. Campbell’s marvelous illustrations transport the reader to an intriguing otherworld.” In all, they conclude that Wee Sister Strange, “has all the makings of a classic.”

To read BookPage’s full article, follow this linkWee Sister Strange was released September 19th and is available online here.

Kirkus Starred Review for Wee Sister Strange, Illus. by K.G. Campbell

June 21, 2017

Wee Sister Strange is K.G. Campbell‘s newest picture book, written by Holly Grant. In this dreamy tale, a young fairy-like girl in the woods searches for a bedtime story. Kirkus wrote a starred review for this exciting new story. They praised the fantastical imagery and Grant’s rhymes. Kirkus writes of the art, “Campbell’s illustrations give Sister’s nighttime world shape and depth with emphatic splashes of light.” All in all, they conclude that Wee Sister Strange is “An enchanting bedtime tale to be read over and over again. ”

Kirkus’s full starred review is available hereWee Sister Strange will be released in September, but you can pre-order it here.

Kirkus Starred Review for Wee Sister Strange, Illus. by K.G. Campbell

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Wee Sister Strange is K.G. Campbell‘s newest picture book, written by Holly Grant. In this dreamy tale, a young fairy-like girl in the woods searches for a bedtime story. Kirkus wrote a starred review for this exciting new story. They praised the fantastical imagery and Grant’s rhymes. Kirkus writes of the art, “Campbell’s illustrations give Sister’s nighttime world shape and depth with emphatic splashes of light.” All in all, they conclude that Wee Sister Strange is “An enchanting bedtime tale to be read over and over again. ”

Kirkus’s full starred review is available hereWee Sister Strange will be released in September, but you can pre-order it here.

Thunder Underground Praised in Blog Post on Books That Explore Science Through Poetry

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The blog Archimedes Notebook helps children and parents find books for children that focus on science and environmental issues. Archimedes Notebook recently posted a blog post on picture books that explore science through the medium of poetry. One of the books the post praised is Thunder Underground, written by Jane Yolen and illustrated by Josée Masse.

Thunder Underground explores the concept of the varied things that exist under our feet, from ant colonies to subway lines. Archimedes praised the way the story incorporates a variety of unique aspects of nature as well as the factual back matter.

Archimedes’s blog post is available here. You can purchase Thunder Underground here.

Sarah Dillard’s Artwork on Display at Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History

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From June 13th to October 15th, the Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History will be presenting an exhibit of artwork by Vermont natives. Entitled Draw Me a Story — Tell Me a Tale: Vermont Children’s Book Illustrators & Authors, the exhibit features 18 children’s book illustrators/authors. Sarah Dillard, author of Extraordinary Warren and the Mouse Scouts series, is one of these chosen authors! The exhibit includes two images from Warren and several more from Mouse Scouts. The image on the left from Extraordinary Warren is also featured on museum post cards. If you’re in Vermont in the upcoming months, make sure to check out this great display!

More information about the exhibit is available here.

PW’s List of Buzzworthy Books About Bees Includes Gerald Kelley’s Please Please the Bees

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As flowers bloom, it’s important to think about the little insects that help make it all possible. Bees are now an endangered species and need humans’ help! To help spread knowledge about bees, Publishers Weekly published a list of “Buzzworthy Books About Bees.” Included on this list is Gerald Kelley‘s new picture book, Please Please the Bees, the story of what happens to one honey loving bear when his local bees go on strike. Please Please the Bees is an adorable story with lots of great lessons on how to make bees thrive.

PW’s full list of recommended bee books is available herePlease Please the Bees can be purchased online here.

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.