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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.

London Ladd Interviewed About Frederick’s Journey on James Preller’s Blog

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London Ladd recently participated in blogger James Preller’s “5 Questions” interview series, in which he interviews authors and illustrators on one of their recent books. In this case, Preller interviewed London Ladd on Frederick’s Journey, the biographical picture book written by Doreen Rappaport that London illustrated, which tells the life story of the famous abolitionist Frederick Douglass. James and London discussed London’s artistic process, diversity in children’s books, and London’s upcoming projects. London reveals details about his careful sketching process,d detailed research, and even the way that he works to understand a character by growing out his hair! Anyone who enjoys London’s work and wants to learn more about how he creates his beautiful paintings should make sure to check this detailed interview out.

The full interview can be found on Preller’s blog hereFrederick’s Journey can be ordered online here.

Starred Review from Publishers Weekly for Thunder Underground, Illus. by Josée Masse

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Thunder Underground, written by Jane Yolen and illustrated by Josée Masse, is receiving a ton of great advance buzz, including a recent starred review from Publishers Weekly! Thunder Underground is a collection of factual and whimsical poems about the mysteries hidden underground, ranging from ant colonies to hidden treasure. Publishers Weekly writes, “Blending creativity with scientific fact, Yolen’s poems appeal to readers’ imaginations and intellects alike.” They praised Josée’s, “crisp, gently textured mixed-media illustrations.”

Thunder Underground will be released in March, but until then, you can pre-order it online here.

Turtle Tug to the Rescue by Michael Slack

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Great Review from SLJ for Michael Slack’s Turtle Tug

February 28, 2017

Michael Slack‘s tale of a courageous turtle who doubles as a tugboat and rescue vehicle, Turtle Tug, has been pulling praise and positive reviews! The newest review comes from the School Library Journal. They call the picture book, “the right combination of fun and sincerity,” and praise Michael’s narration and illustration. They write, “The nail-biting narrative chugs effortlessly alongside Slack’s bright and bold digital artwork.”

Turtle Tug will be available for purchase as of March 21st. Until then, you can pre-order it online here.

More Praise for Turtle Tug to the Rescue by Michael Slack

February 7, 2017

Michael Slack‘s newest addition to his rescue animal series, Turtle Tug to the Rescue, isn’t out for another month, but the praise is already pouring in! The picture book, which tells the story of Turtle Tug rescuing his ocean friends when a storm hits the sea, has received two new reviews from Publishers Weekly and Kirkus.

Publishers Weekly praises Michael Slack’s evocative rhymes and illustrations, writing, “the pictures may be the best in the series, with imaginative perspectives…and texturing that feels like a cross between painting and letterpress.” They call Turtle Tug a, “an unflashy but steady hero, [whose] steely determination to save the day is admirable and inspiring.” The full review can be found here.

Kirkus was similarly impressed with the rhyming and also complimented Michae’s addition of advanced vocabulary. They commented on the admirable morals of the story, which comment both on selflessness and on environmental issues. Kirkus writes, “Fans will cheer Turtle Tug on in his mission,” and describe Turtle Tug as, “A role model for all.” Kirkus’s review can be read here.

Turtle Tug to the Rescue will be released March 21st and can be pre-ordered here.

Booklist Praises Michael Slack’s Turtle Tug to the Rescue

January 5, 2017

There’s a great new review for Michael Slack‘s upcoming picture book, Turtle Tug to the Rescue. Part of his Elecopter and Monkey Truck series, Turtle Tug shows the brave turtle tug boat setting out to rescue animals on the sea when a storm hits. Booklist praises Slack’s rhyming narration and his illustrations, writing, “Slack’s rhyming lines grow more urgent with the change in weather, echoing the escalating chaos in the colorful, richly textured artwork.” They conclude that Turtle Tug is a “story that playfully emphasizes perseverance, bravery, and togetherness.”

Turtle Tug will not be available to purchase until March, but you can pre-order it online here.

Booklist Praises Michael Slack’s Turtle Tug to the Rescue

by Claire Easton in Represents Comments: 0

There’s a great new review for Michael Slack‘s upcoming picture book, Turtle Tug to the Rescue. Part of his Elecopter and Monkey Truck series, Turtle Tug shows the brave turtle tug boat setting out to rescue animals on the sea when a storm hits. Booklist praises Slack’s rhyming narration and his illustrations, writing, “Slack’s rhyming lines grow more urgent with the change in weather, echoing the escalating chaos in the colorful, richly textured artwork.” They conclude that Turtle Tug is a “story that playfully emphasizes perseverance, bravery, and togetherness.”

Turtle Tug will not be available to purchase until March, but you can pre-order it online here.

New Book by Nikki Grimes Features Art by Liz Zunon, Frank Morrison, and Shadra Strickland

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A new collection of poetry by Nikki Grimes, One Last Word: Wisdom from the Harlem Renaissance, re-examines great poetry from the Harlem Renaissance by combining it with her own poetry. The beautiful new picture book features art from modern African American illustrators – including our own Frank Morrison, Shadra Strickland, and Liz ZunonOne Last Word has just been released and is now available for purchase!

One Last Word can be purchased online here.