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

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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.

And Then Comes Summer, Written by Tom Brenner and Illustrated by Jaime Kim

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

March 21, 2017

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.

Kirkus Starred Review for And Then Comes Summer, Illus. by Jaime Kim

March 9, 2017

Coming out this May, And Then Comes Summer, written by Tom Brenner and illustrated by Jaime Kim, is a joyful ode to that most wonderful of times, summer. Kirkus recently wrote a review for And Then Comes Summer, awarding it a starred review. They praise the “lush” descriptions and exuberant atmosphere. They had even more praise for Jaime’s illustrations, writing, “In gleeful acrylic illustrations, [the characters’] eyes crinkle and pop with joy, their arms fly skyward, their legs extend midstride…Looking at these fantastic freeze-frames of fun, young readers see their desire to halt time during summer months fulfilled.”

Kirkus’s full review can be found hereAnd Then Comes Summer can be pre-ordered here.

Kirkus Starred Review 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 a joyful ode to that most wonderful of times, summer. Kirkus recently wrote a review for And Then Comes Summer, awarding it a starred review. They praise the “lush” descriptions and exuberant atmosphere. They had even more praise for Jaime’s illustrations, writing, “In gleeful acrylic illustrations, [the characters’] eyes crinkle and pop with joy, their arms fly skyward, their legs extend midstride…Looking at these fantastic freeze-frames of fun, young readers see their desire to halt time during summer months fulfilled.”

Kirkus’s full review can be found hereAnd Then Comes Summer can be pre-ordered here.

Liz Zunon Events for the Upcoming Weekend

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March is Women’s History Month, and Liz Zunon is celebrating in style with two events this weekend in which she will read her picture book, The Legendary Miss Lena Horne, written by Carole Boston Weatherford, which tells the story of a powerful woman: actress, singer, and civil rights activist Lena Horne.

On Saturday, Liz will be signing copies of Lena Horne in The Open Door Bookstore in Schenectady, New York from 1 to 2:30 pm. Copies of her picture book Poems in the Attic, written by Nikki Grimes, which also celebrates girls and their creative efforts, will also be available. You can find out more information about the event here.

Sunday,  Liz will participate in a Story time and Art Making event at the Albany Institute of History and Art. A reading of The Legendary Miss Lena Horne will be followed by a special art activity. Afterward, she will sign copies of her book in the museum gift shop. More information about this event can be found here.

The Legendary Miss Lena Horne can be purchased here.

Please Please the Bees by Gerald Kelley

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Rashida Jones Reads Gerald Kelley’s Please Please the Bees for Storyline Online

September 13, 3017

Storyline Online is a wonderful site that provides videos of actors reading children’s books aloud, accompanied by beautiful animations of the illustrations. Reading out loud to children has been proven to improve literacy, and this is a great new resource for parents, teachers, and children. Recently, Gerald Kelley‘s picture book Please Please the Bees was chosen for one of Storyline Online’s videos!

Please Please the Bees is the story of honey-loving bear, Benedict. When the bees that provide him with honey go on strike, he must learn to appreciate and help the hard loving workers in order to improve their lives and his own. Actress Rashida Jones, whom you may recognize from popular sitcom Parks and Recreation, was selected to read Please Please the Bees. She praised the story for its emphasis on community and cooperation.

The video reading can be found on Storyline’s website here. You can order Please Please the Bees online here.

Gerald Kelley’s Please Please the Bees Wins the Bock Book Award for Children’s Literature

September 8, 2017

Each year, the Neumann Institute for Franciscan Studies awards the Frances and Wesley Bock Award to a children’s book that they feel exemplifies Franciscan values. The children’s book must appeal to children’s sense of wonder, be aesthetically pleasing, and encourage reverence for nature and creation.

This year, the winner is Please Please the Bees, by Gerald KelleyPlease Please the Bees tells the story of a bear, Benedict, who loves honey. But when the bees who create his honey feel underappreciated, Benedict must learn to appreciate the bees just as much as their honey. Please Please the Bees is Gerald’s debut as an author.

Congratulations on winning this exciting award, Gerald!

More information about the Bock Award is available herePlease Please the Bees can be purchased online here.

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

June 2, 2017

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.

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

May 19, 2017

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.

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

May 3, 2017

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.

Kirkus Praises Gerald Kelley’s Please Please the Bees

March 7, 2017

Please Please the Bees, coming out in April of this year, is illustrator Gerald Kelley‘s debut as an author too! The humorous picture book tells the story of a bear who loves honey, but finds himself in a sticky situation when the honeybees that live in his yard go on strike. How can he please the bees?

Kirkus wrote a review of Please Please the Bees and had plenty of praise. They enjoyed the amusing illustrations, which they called, “A hoot.” They had great things to say about the text of the book, writing, “In his authorial debut, illustrator Kelley shows a knack for a wry turn of phrase, an effective economy with character development, and a good sense of textual pacing.”

You can read Kirkus’s full review herePlease Please the Bees can be pre-ordered online here.

Kirkus Praises Gerald Kelley’s Please Please the Bees

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Please Please the Bees, coming out in April of this year, is illustrator Gerald Kelley‘s debut as an author too! The humorous picture book tells the story of a bear who loves honey, but finds himself in a sticky situation when the honeybees that live in his yard go on strike. How can he please the bees?

Kirkus wrote a review of Please Please the Bees and had plenty of praise. They enjoyed the amusing illustrations, which they called, “A hoot.” They had great things to say about the text of the book, writing, “In his authorial debut, illustrator Kelley shows a knack for a wry turn of phrase, an effective economy with character development, and a good sense of textual pacing.”

You can read Kirkus’s full review herePlease Please the Bees can be pre-ordered online here.

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

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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.

Bird, Bear, Balloon by Il Sung Na

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Il Sung Na’s Bird, Balloon, Bear and Lucía the Luchadora, Illus. by Alyssa Bermudez, Chosen as Amazon Best Books of the Month

March 6, 2017

Il Sung Na‘s Bird, Balloon, Bear and Lucía the Luchadora, written by Cynthia Leonor Garza and illustrated by Alyssa Bermudez, were chosen by Amazon for their Best Books of the Month for Ages 3-5!

Bird, Balloon, Bear tells the story of a shy bird’s attempts to make friends with a bear who is more interested in a mysterious red balloon. Bird, Balloon, Bear will be released March 14th. You can pre-order it online here.

Lucía the Luchadora is the story of a plucky young girl who finds the bravery to stand up for herself and others when her grandmother reveals her family’s secret history of luchadoras, the female members of the lucha libre tradition. Lucía comes out tomorrow! If you can’t wait till then, you can pre-order it here.

The full list of books selected for Amazon’s Best Books of the Month can be found here.

Il Sung Na’s Bird, Balloon, Bear and Lucía the Luchadora, Illus. by Alyssa Bermudez, Chosen as Amazon Best Books of the Month

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Il Sung Na‘s Bird, Balloon, Bear and Lucía the Luchadora, written by Cynthia Leonor Garza and illustrated by Alyssa Bermudez, were chosen by Amazon for their Best Books of the Month for Ages 3-5!

Bird, Balloon, Bear tells the story of a shy bird’s attempts to make friends with a bear who is more interested in a mysterious red balloon. Bird, Balloon, Bear will be released March 14th. You can pre-order it online here.

Lucía the Luchadora is the story of a plucky young girl who finds the bravery to stand up for herself and others when her grandmother reveals her family’s secret history of luchadoras, the female members of the lucha libre tradition. Lucía comes out tomorrow! If you can’t wait till then, you can pre-order it here.

The full list of books selected for Amazon’s Best Books of the Month can be found here.

Starred Review from Kirkus for Waiting for Pumpsie, Illus. by London Ladd

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Waiting for Pumpsie, the recently released picture book written by Barry Wittenstein and illustrated by London Ladd, tells the story of a young Boston Red Sox fan in the 1950s who earnestly waits for the Red Sox to racially integrate. They were the last major league baseball team in the United States to do so, but with the arrival of promising new player Pumpsie Green, the time has finally come.

Kirkus gave Pumpsie a starred review! They praised the historically accurate portrayal of 1950s Boston and baseball and the “earnest, joyous voice” of the narrator. They wrote of the illustrations, “Ladd’s wonderfully detailed acrylic-and–colored pencil illustrations powerfully and beautifully complement and enhance the events.” They conclude that Waiting for Pumpsie is, “innocent, aware, and endlessly hopeful and will win readers hearts. A grand slam.”

Kirkus’s full review is available on their site here. You can purchase Waiting for Pumpsie online here.