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Praise for Olga and the Smelly Thing from Nowhere, by Elise Gravel, from the Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

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Olga and the Smelly Thing from Nowhere by Elise Gravel is the humorous story of Olga, an aspiring naturalist, and her discovery of a mysterious, possibly brand new creatures she names Meh. Olga has always liked people more than humans, but she may need help to take care of her strange new friend, particularly when Meh goes missing!

The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books wrote a review of Olga and the Smelly Thing from Nowhere in their February 2017 issue. They praised the adorable, expressive characters of Olga and Meh, as well as the story’s humor. They write, “The style here will be an apt readalike for fans of Wimpy Kid, and Gravel deploys spot art, larger illustrations, word balloons, and chunks of text with great success in the layout.” In the end, they conclude that Olga is, “an obvious sell to fans of animals, but it will also hit a humorous note with anybody who has felt a little left behind by these things we call humans.”

You can read the full review in the Bulletin’s February 2017 issue. Olga and the Smelly Thing from Nowhere is coming out in March and can be pre-ordered online here.

Shorty and Clem by Michael Slack

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Shorty and Clem Released, Michael Slack Book Signing in Napa Bookmine

April 27, 2017

It’s a busy week for Michael Slack! He has a new book out and he will be doing a book signing this weekend for Independent Bookstore Day.

Michael’s newest book, Shorty and Clem, is available for purchase as of April 25th. This sweet picture book tells the story of the friendship between a blue quail and a short dinosaur. When Shorty ruins a package for Clem, he worries that he ruined their friendship too. And what was inside the mysterious package? Shorty and Clem can be purchased here.

Independent Book Store Day, a holiday meant to celebrate the hard work of small bookstores everywhere, is this April 29th. In honor of this exciting day, Michael will be reading his two newest books, Shorty and Clem and Turtle Tug to the Rescue, at Napa Bookmine in California. He’ll be available for book signings afterward. If you’re in the area, he’d love it if you dropped by! More information about this event is available here.

Shorty and Clem, by Michael Slack, Praised by Kirkus

February 6, 2017

Shorty and Clem, by Michael Slack, is an adorable new picture book about the adventures of a pair of best friends: Clem the quail and Shorty the green dinosaur. When a package arrives for Clem, Shorty knows he shouldn’t open it, but he can’t resist playing with the package itself, until it falls apart! Kirkus recently wrote a review of Shorty and Clem. They praise the picture book’s humor and “blocky minimalism,” as well as the feel good ending. In all, they call the book, “a funny, sympathetic read.”

Kirkus’s full review can be found hereShorty and Clem will be coming out in April and can be pre-ordered online here.

Shorty and Clem, by Michael Slack, Praised by Kirkus

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Shorty and Clem, by Michael Slack, is an adorable new picture book about the adventures of a pair of best friends: Clem the quail and Shorty the green dinosaur. When a package arrives for Clem, Shorty knows he shouldn’t open it, but he can’t resist playing with the package itself, until it falls apart! Kirkus recently wrote a review of Shorty and Clem. They praise the picture book’s humor and “blocky minimalism,” as well as the feel good ending. In all, they call the book, “a funny, sympathetic read.”

Kirkus’s full review can be found hereShorty and Clem will be coming out in April and can be pre-ordered online here.

Mae and June and the Wonder Wheel, Written by Charise Mericle Harper and Illustrated by Ashley Spires

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Amazon’s Best Children’s Books of 2017 So Far Features Two Painted Words Artists

June 22, 2017

Summer is here and we’re nearly halfway through 2017, if you can believe it! It’s the perfect time to look back at the year and pick some of the best children’s books of the year so far. Amazon recently compiled a list of their editors’ books of the year. Two of our own artists’ picture books made it on the list!

In the Ages 3 to 5 category, Amazon chose Lucía the Luchadora, written by Cynthia Leonor Garza and illustrated by Alyssa Bermudez. This vivid picture book tells the story of a young girl who draws on her heritage of lucha libre to become a hero on her playground. Purchase it here.

In the Ages 6 to 8 category is Mae and June and the Wonder Wheel, written by Charise Mericle Harper and illustrated by Ashley Spires. A chapter book for young readers, Mae and June focuses on the adventures of two young girls who pick each day’s activities based on a wheel with a list of tasks. Purchase it here.

Amazon’s full list of 2017’s Best Books So Far is available here.

Mae and June and the Wonder Wheel, Illus. by Ashley Spires, Chosen as One of Amazon’s Best Books of the Month For Ages 6-8

February 3, 2017

Mae and June and the Wonder Wheel, written by Charise Mericle Harper and illustrated by Ashley Spires, is a early reader chapter book coming out soon. It tells the story of the new friendship of two young girls and a talking dog. With the help of a spinning wheel that helps them decide what to do every day, they set out to have fun and adventures. Amazon chose this cheerful chapter book as one of its Editors Picks of the Month for ages 6 to 8 for the month of June.

Mae and June and the Wonder Wheel is coming out in just a few days on February 7th! You can pre-order it online here. Amazon’s full list of picks of the month for ages 6 to 8 can be found here.

Mae and June and the Wonder Wheel, Illus. by Ashley Spires, Chosen as One of Amazon’s Best Books of the Month For Ages 6-8

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Mae and June and the Wonder Wheel, written by Charise Mericle Harper and illustrated by Ashley Spires, is a early reader chapter book coming out soon. It tells the story of the new friendship of two young girls and a talking dog. With the help of a spinning wheel that helps them decide what to do every day, they set out to have fun and adventures. Amazon chose this cheerful chapter book as one of its Editors Picks of the Month for ages 6 to 8 for the month of June.

Mae and June and the Wonder Wheel is coming out in just a few days on February 7th! You can pre-order it online here. Amazon’s full list of picks of the month for ages 6 to 8 can be found here.

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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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.