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Now & Ben: The Modern Inventions of Benjamin Franklin by Gene Barretta

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Geekwrapped’s List of 100 Science Books for Kids Includes Five of Our Artists’ Books

April 24, 2017

Geekwrapped, a website that recommends gifts for the geeks and science enthusiasts in your life, recently compiled a list of one hundred best science books for children. Five of our author and illustrator’s books were included on this list, including three written and illustrated by Gene Barretta! These books included…

Geekwrapped’s full list of science books for children can be found here.

Geekwrapped’s List of 100 Science Books for Kids Includes Five of Our Artists’ Books

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Geekwrapped, a website that recommends gifts for the geeks and science enthusiasts in your life, recently compiled a list of one hundred best science books for children. Five of our author and illustrator’s books were included on this list, including three written and illustrated by Gene Barretta! These books included…

Geekwrapped’s full list of science books for children can be found here.

       

The SLJ Praises Lucía the Luchadora, Illus by Alyssa Bermudez

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Lucía the Luchadora has received a great review from the School Library Journal (SLJ). Lucía, written by Cynthia Leonor Garza and illustrated by Alyssa Bermudez, tells the story of a little girl who longs to be a superhero. When the boys at her school tell her that girls can’t be heroes, she feels defeated, but with the help of her grandmother and the Mexican tradition of luchadores, she learns to stand up for herself and others.

The SLJ praised the energetic text and the feminist message of the story, writing, “The narrative encourages girls to trust their own strengths yet is never didactic.” They also praise Alyssa’s art, which they describe as, “Animated illustrations [that] capture the…vibrant main character.” In all, they conclude Lucía is, “A shining debut outing for author and illustrator, this endearing and humorous title is sure to put a bit of KA-POW into storytimes! A must-have.”

The full review from the SLJ is available hereLucía the Luchadora can be purchased online here.

 

Thirsty, Thirsty Elephants Written by Sandra Markle and Illustrated by Fabricio Vanden Broeck

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The Children’s Book Review’s 25 Best New Picture Books Includes Thirsty, Thirsty Elephants, Illus. by Fabricio Vanden Broeck

April 6, 2017

The Children’s Book Review released a list of 25 Best New Picture Books for April. Included on this list was the picture book Thirsty, Thirsty Elephants, written by Sandra Markle and illustrated by Fabricio Vanden Broeck. This lovely book tells the story, based on facts, of an elephant herd searching for water in the midst of a drought and eventually finding it thanks to Grandma Elephant’s long memory.

The Children’s Book Review’s full list can be found hereThirsty, Thirsty Elephants can be purchased online here.

The Children’s Book Review’s 25 Best New Picture Books Includes Thirsty, Thirsty Elephants, Illus. by Fabricio Vanden Broeck

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The Children’s Book Review released a list of 25 Best New Picture Books for April. Included on this list was the picture book Thirsty, Thirsty Elephants, written by Sandra Markle and illustrated by Fabricio Vanden Broeck. This lovely book tells the story, based on facts, of an elephant herd searching for water in the midst of a drought and eventually finding it thanks to Grandma Elephant’s long memory.

The Children’s Book Review’s full list can be found hereThirsty, Thirsty Elephants can be purchased online here.

Liz Zunon, Frank Morrison, and Il Sung Na Included on CCBC Choices 2017 List

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The CCBC Choices list is an annual selection compiled by the Cooperative Children’s Book Center on the best children’s books of the year. This year, three of Painted Words authors illustrators have been included on the list under various categories!

Picture Books for School Age Children:

Concept Books:

The full list of selected books is available here.

New Sesame Street Animated Short from Steve Mack

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Steve Mack has created an adorable new animated short for Sesame Street, “B is for Bath.” With a catchy little tune, this cute short encourages good hygiene in young children. Sesame Street has submitted this short to the Paris Annecy Film Festival for consideration.

Wonderful Interview with Ashley Spires in Canadian Society of Children’s Authors and Illustrator’s Newsletter

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Ashley Spires, celebrated author and illustrator of books ranging from The Most Magnificent Thing to Binky the Space Cat, was featured in a wonderful interview in the Canadian Society of Children’s Authors, Illustrators, and Performers (CANSCAIP) newsletter. In the fascinating and funny interview, Ashley discusses her love of pets, her inspirations and her anxieties, and the journey that brought her to where she is now. There’s also some hints of where she might be going next! Anyone who is fan of Ashley and her wonderful work should make sure to check out this interview, which you can find here.

More Praise for And Then Comes Summer Illus. by Jaime Kim

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Coming out this May, And Then Comes Summer, written by Tom Brenner and illustrated by Jaime Kim, is already attracting plenty of praise! The School Library Journal and Booklist are only the latest to positively review the beautiful picture book, which is an ode to all the joys of summer.

The SLJ praised the picture book nostalgic atmosphere and beautiful imagery, writing, “the lyrical verse captures all the exuberance and simplicity of a childhood summer.” They also admired Jaime’s illustrations, which they describe as, “Buoyant and infused with energy, these picturesque images call to mind an idyllic time and place without electronics or screens and where kids are free to roam with minimal supervision.” The full review will be in the March issue of the School Library Journal.

Booklist calls And Then Comes Summer, ” a languid, poetic, joyful tribute to the hotter and stickier months,” with “stunning” descriptions. They also praise Jaime’s illustrations, writing, “Kim’s artwork is steeped in sunshine.” Overall, they conclude the picture book’s “overall effect is a celebration of playing outdoors in front yards with bare feet on those special, cherished days.” The full review is available on Booklist’s website.

And Then Comes Summer will be available for purchase May 9th. You can pre-order it online here.

 

La La La, Written by Kate DiCamillo and Illustrated by Jaime Kim

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Book Trailer for La La La, Illus. by Jaime Kim, Premieres on Mr. Schu Reads Blog

August 10, 2017

La La La, the forthcoming picture book written by Kate DiCamillo and illustrated by Jaime Kim, is receiving plenty of hype in advance of its October release. This nearly wordless picture book tells the story of a little girl seeking connection with the world through music. A book trailer (below) was recently released on the blog Mr. Schu Reads, along with interviews with Jaime and Kate.

Mr. Schu asks Kate and Jaime about their inspirations for the story, as well as some of the challenges and joys of creating a nearly wordless book. Jaime shares that her inspiration for the adorable little girl protagonist came from a combination of her childhood self and her memories of her younger sister as a child. She also describes her challenges in illustrating Kate’s brief text, saying that despite the lack of words, she could sense there was a lot beneath the surface, inspiring her to make her illustrations as beautiful and detailed as possible.

The interviews with Kate and Jaime are available here and hereLa La La will be released in October, but if you just can’t wait for this exciting and unique new story, you can pre-order it here.

Entertainment Weekly Interviews Kate DiCamillo and Jaime Kim on Upcoming Picture Book La La La

March 9, 2017

New picture book, La La La, written by Kate DiCamillo and illustrated by Jaime Kim, isn’t coming out until September, half a year away, but it’s already getting buzz, including an interview and cover reveal with Entertainment Weekly! La La La is a unique new project, telling the story of a young girl singing to the moon. The story is told almost entirely wordlessly.

EW interviewed Kate DiCamillo on how she came up with this idea, the nearly ten year attempt to create it and find the perfect illustrator, and the joy that she felt when Jaime returned the manuscript, which DiCamillo describes as “gorgeous.” In turn, Jaime describes her inspirations for the illustrations and characters, including her sister and her own childhood. Jaime told EW, “As I worked on La La La, I felt healed by the story itself, in addition to the joy of drawing. It was she who gave me a most wonderful gift.” EW also first revealed the cover (right) to La La La.

You can read the full interview here. If you can’t wait for this exciting new story, you can pre-order La La La here.