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Guy Stuff: The Body Book for Boys, Written by Cara Natterson and Illustrated by Micah Player

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Praise for Guy Stuff, Illus. by Micah Player

August 9, 2017

You might not expect American Girl to publish a book for boys going through puberty, but that’s exactly what they’ve done with Guy Stuff: The Body Book for Boys. Written by pediatrician Cara Natterson and illustrated by Micah PlayerGuy Stuff is a fact-filled non-fiction to help guide boys through adolescence and puberty. Guy Stuff was released as of yesterday, and already praise is pouring in. Both Bustle and the Chicago Tribune have written reviews praising Guy Stuff.

Bustle praises Guy Stuff for its gender inclusivity. As Cara Natterson points out, multiple great books have been published (many by American Girl!) to help guide young women through puberty, but far fewer exist for boys. Not only that, but Guy Stuff makes an effort to encourage young men to understand and express their emotions in a healthy way. Bustle’s full review is available here.

The Chicago Tribune also appreciates the emphasis on healthy emotional development in boys. They compliment the conversational, casual tone of the prose. They also praise Micah’s illustrations, which they call “fabulous” and “irreverent.” The Tribune’s full review can be found here.

Guy Stuff was published August 8th and can now be purchased here.

Everywhere I Go, God Is With Me Written by Mikal Keefer and Illustrated by Nomar Perez

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Publishers Weekly Praises Everywhere I Go, God Is With Me, Illus. by Nomar Perez

August 8, 2017

Everywhere I Go, God Is With Me, a religious board book for children, was only released yesterday, but it’s already receiving praise! Written by Mikal Keefer and illustrated by Nomar Perez, the picture book follows the adventures of a blue whale as he learns about God’s love. Publishers Weekly wrote a review of the book and had nothing but praise! A stand out feature was Nomar’s cute and ridiculous illustrations of the whale protagonist. PW writes, “Perez’s gently textured, Golden Books–retro images bring a welcome dose of absurdity to the book’s comforting message.”

Publishers Weekly’s review is available hereEverywhere I Go, God Is With Me is available for purchase here.

Two New Board Books Illustrated by Nomar Perez Available Today

August 7, 2017

Not one but two new children’s books illustrated by Nomar Perez are out today! All Day Long, God Loves Me, written by Mikal Keefer, is the story of a cute little bird as he goes about his day feeling God’s love. Everywhere I Go, God Is With Me, also written by Mikal Keefer, centers on a whale learning about God. Part of the Best of Li’l Buddies series, these two sweet board books for preschoolers are perfect for the Christian family.

All Day Long, God Loves Me can be purchased online hereEverywhere I Go, God Is With Me is available here.

All Day Long, God Loves Me Written by Mikal Keefer and Illustrated by Nomar Perez

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Two New Board Books Illustrated by Nomar Perez Available Today

August 7, 2017

Not one but two new children’s books illustrated by Nomar Perez are out today! All Day Long, God Loves Me, written by Mikal Keefer, is the story of a cute little bird as he goes about his day feeling God’s love. Everywhere I Go, God Is With Me, also written by Mikal Keefer, centers on a whale learning about God. Part of the Best of Li’l Buddies series, these two sweet board books for preschoolers are perfect for the Christian family.

All Day Long, God Loves Me can be purchased online hereEverywhere I Go, God Is With Me is available here.

Trucks Galore Written by Peter Stein and Illustrated by Bob Staake

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Kirkus Praises Trucks Galore, Written by Peter Stein and Illus. by Bob Staake

August 3rd, 2017

Coming out in October, Trucks Galore is a gleeful celebration of all things truck related, silly and serious. Written by Peter Stein and illustrated by Bob Staake, Trucks Galore is the newest in the duo’s Galore series. Kirkus recently reviewed this new picture book. They praised the silly compilation of various kinds of trucks, commenting on Peter’s, “seemingly impossible descriptions,” and Staake’s “highly original” illustrations.  According to Kirkus, Trucks Galore “is sure to lure in both hardcore preschool truck enthusiasts and their truck-curious compatriots as they pore over the details on every page.”

Kirkus’s full review is available hereTrucks Galore can be pre-ordered online here.

Stolen Words Written by Melanie Florence and Illustrated by Gabrielle Grimard

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Kirkus Starred Review for Stolen Words, Illus. by Gabrielle Grimard

July 20, 2017

Kirkus has written a starred review for upcoming Stolen Words, written by Melanie Florence and illustrated by Gabrielle Grimard. This poignant picture book tells of the relationship between a Cree girl and her grandfather. When the girl asks her grandfather to teach her the Cree language, she learns of the devastating effects of Canada’s residential school program for indigenous inhabitants.

Kirkus praises the storytelling of the book, writing, “Florence’s tender text soothes the harsh reality of…Canada’s former residential schools.” They also strongly compliment Gabrielle’s illustrations. Kirkus writes, “Grimard’s equally emotive illustrations show the stark realities of the experience…At the same time the soft colors and nuanced expressions enrich Florence’s text.” They conclude that this important story is “Unforgettable.”

Kirkus’s full starred review is available hereStolen Words is coming out in September and can be pre-ordered here.

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.

Who Wants a Tortoise? Written by David Keane and Illus. by K.G. Campbell

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Seven of Painted Words’s Authors/Illustrators Books Included in Bank Street’s Best Children Books of the Year 2017

May 2, 2017

Every year, the Children’s Book Committee at Bank Street College of Education compile a list of the best children’s books of the previous year. Based on criteria such as literary excellence, quality of illustration, diversity, and emotional impact, these books are recommended for parents, librarians, and children. This year, Bank Street has chosen seven of Painted Words’s books as some of the best books of 2016!

Under Five:

Five to Nine:

Nine to Twelve:

Bank Street’s full list of recommended books can be found here. Congratulations to our Painted Words artists and authors!

K.G. Campbell, Barroux, and Liz Zunon Included on School Library Journal’s Best Books of 2016 Thus Far List

August 5, 2016

The School Library Journal has compiled a list of “Some of the Best Picture Books of 2016 Thus Far (Mid Year Summary),” featuring picture books published this year that they believe stand out. Three of our illustrators were included on the list. The chosen books were:

  • Don’t Call Me Grandma, written by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson and illustrated by Liz Zunon
  • Where’s the Elephant? by Barroux
  • K.G. Campbell‘s Dylan the Villain and Who Wants a Tortoise

Congratulations, Liz, Barroux, and K.G.! You can read the full list of recommended books here.

 

Spare Dog Parts Written by Alison Hughes and Illus. by Ashley Spires

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Ashley Spires Nominated for Two Chocolate Lily Book Awards

June 21, 2017

The Chocolate Lily Book Awards is a reader’s choice awards that selects some of the best children’s fiction from authors and illustrators from British Columbia in Canada. Every year, they nominate books in categories such as picture books and novels. This year, Canadian author/illustrator Ashley Spires was nominated for two different books (see below)! Congratulations, Ashley!

Picture Books – Spare Dog Parts, written by Alison Hughes and illustrated by Ashley Spires

Chapter Books/Early Novels – Fluffy Strikes Back, written and illustrated by Ashley Spires

The Chocolate Lily Book Award’s full list of nominated books is available here.

Seven of Painted Words’s Authors/Illustrators Books Included in Bank Street’s Best Children Books of the Year 2017

May 2, 2017

Every year, the Children’s Book Committee at Bank Street College of Education compile a list of the best children’s books of the previous year. Based on criteria such as literary excellence, quality of illustration, diversity, and emotional impact, these books are recommended for parents, librarians, and children. This year, Bank Street has chosen seven of Painted Words’s books as some of the best books of 2016!

Under Five:

Five to Nine:

Nine to Twelve:

Bank Street’s full list of recommended books can be found here. Congratulations to our Painted Words artists and authors!

The Thing Lou Couldn’t Do by Ashley Spires

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Ashley Spires’s The Thing Lou Couldn’t Do Now Available for Purchase

May 2, 2017

Ashley Spires‘s newest picture book, The Thing Lou Couldn’t Do, is available for purchase as of today! The Thing Lou Couldn’t Do tells the story of a brave and adventurous little girl who unexpectedly encounters a new challenge: climbing a tree. Lou doesn’t want to believe she’s afraid of anything, but she sure doesn’t want to climb that tree. Will Lou overcome her fear?

You can purchase The Thing Lou Couldn’t Do online here.

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.