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March Forward, Girl Written by Melba Pattillo Beals and Illustrated by Frank Morrison

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Publishers Weekly Starred Review for March Forward, Girl, Illus. by Frank Morrison

November 14, 2017

Publishers Weekly shared a starred review of upcoming memoir March Forward, Girl: From Young Warrior to Little Rock Nine. Written by Melba Pattillo Beals and illustrated by Frank Morrison, March Forward is Beals’s powerful memoir of her childhood and her experiences being one of the Little Rock Nine who integrated Arkansas schools in the Civil Rights Era. Publishers Weekly praised the “visceral and vital” writing and unflinching depiction of traumatic, racial violence that Beals witnessed and experienced. They call it, “A no-holds-barred reflection of the physical and psychological toll that prejudice, discrimination, and hate take on a young life.”

Publishers Weekly’s full starred review is available hereMarch Forward, Girl is coming out January 2018 and can be pre-ordered here.

Book or Bell?, Written by Chris Barton and Illustrated by Ashley Spires

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Book or Bell?, Illus. by Ashley Spires, Released Today!

October 17, 2017

It’s here at last! Today is the release day for Book or Bell?, the new picture book written by Chris Barton and illustrated by Ashley Spires. Henry is hooked on a brand new book, but when the school bell rings, he has to put it down for the day…or does he? When one boy chooses a book over the school bell, hilarious chaos results.

Book or Bell? is now available for purchase online here.

Let the Children March, Written by Monica Clark-Robinson and Illustrated by Frank Morrison

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Two Strong New Reviews for Let the Children March, Illus. by Frank Morrison

November 1, 2017

Coming out January 2018, Let the Children March is already bringing in positive reviews. Written by Monica Clark-Robinson and illustrated by Frank Morrison, this inspiring picture book tells the story of the Children’s Crusades. In 1960s Birmingham, hundreds of children and adolescents marched in protest of segregation. Many were harassed, water hosed, and even arrested. The Horn Book Magazine and the School Library Journal (SLJ) both positively reviewed Let the Children March, and the SLJ awarded it a starred review!

The Horn Book Magazine praised “the strong, poetic text” and the unflinching depiction of the brutality the young protesters faced. They also praised Frank’s illustrations, writing that Frank’s “remarkable oil paintings…[are] a vibrant representation of the determination and courage of the civil rights movement.” The Horn Book Magazine’s full review is available in their November/December issue.

The School Library Journal wrote a starred review of Let the Children March. The SLJ appreciated the text’s ability to provoke important conversations in the modern day about racism and civil rights. They also had nothing but good to say about Frank’s art, writing, “The experiences of segregation are sensitively depicted by Morrison…The defiance, determination, and passion comes through clearly on the faces of the figures.” In conclusion, they wrote that Let the Children March is, “A highly readable historical account which deserves a place on picture book and nonfiction shelves alike.” The full review from the SLJ is available in their November issue.

Let the Children March can be pre-ordered online here. It’s coming out January 2018.

Let the Children March, Illus. by Frank Morrison, Receives a Starred Review from Kirkus

October 16, 2017

Today is a good day for us here at Painted Words! Two new picture books illustrated by our artists have been reviewed with starred reviews from Kirkus. The second is Let the Children March, written by Monica Clark-Robinson and illustrated by Frank Morrison. This powerful picture book tells the true story of the Children’s March for civil rights in 1960s Birmingham.

Kirkus praised the narrative’s factual yet emotional description of the harrowing true events and the use of free verse. They strongly praise Frank’s illustrations, writing, “Morrison’s powerful use of perspective makes his beautiful oil paintings even more dynamic and conveys the intensity of the situations depicted, including the children’s being arrested, hosed, and jailed. The child crusaders, regardless of how badly they’re treated, never lose their dignity, which the art conveys flawlessly.” In all, they conclude Let the Children March is, “A powerful retrospective glimpse at a key event.”

Kirkus’s starred review can be read online hereLet the Children March will come out January 2nd, 2018. Pre-order it here.

The Great Dictionary Caper, Written by Judy Sierra and Illustrated by Eric Comstock

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Publishers Weekly Writes Starred Review of The Great Dictionary Caper, Illus. by Eric Comstock

October 23, 2017

Coming out January 2018, The Great Dictionary Caper is already receiving tons of advance praise! With a starred review from Kirkus already under its belt, The Great Dictionary Caper has now received a starred review from Publishers Weekly! Written by Judy Sierra and illustrated by Eric Comstock, this high-energy picture books tells the story of what happens when the dictionary words get bored and escape for the day.

Publishers Weekly writes that The Great Dictionary Caper, “introduce linguistics terminology in just about the most playful way possible.” They praise Eric’s illustrations, writing, “Working in a limited palette of orange, olive, and pale blue, Comstock brings the words to vivid anthropomorphic life while visually underscoring each concept.” In all, they conclude that this picture book is, “the very definition of wordplay.”

Publishers Weekly’s full review is available hereThe Great Dictionary Caper will be coming out this winter and is available for pre-order here.

Kirkus Starred Review for The Great Dictionary Caper, Written by Judy Sierra and Illus. by Eric Comstock

October 16, 2017

Coming out January 2018, The Great Dictionary Caper, written by Judy Sierra, is illustrator Eric Comstock‘s newest picture book. This clever tale tells the story of what happens when all the words escape from the dictionary. They just want a day of fun, but without Noah Webster’s help to reorganize them, the dictionary may be in chaos forever.

Kirkus reviewed The Great Dictionary Caper and gave it a starred review! Kirkus praises the high energy wordplay, writing, “Teachers will have field day with this wordplay; this caper is clever, capricious, and cunning.” They have nothing but good to say about Eric’s illustrations. They praise the bright colors and the anthropomorphic word characters. Kirkus writes, “Exuberant and energetic design enlivens the letters as they bounce and frolic across the pages, minimalist compositions adding occasional details to amp up the fun.”

Kirkus’s full starred review is available on their site hereThe Great Dictionary Caper comes out winter 2018. Pre-order it here.

A Child’s Book of Prayers and Blessings: From Faiths and Cultures Around the World Written by Deloris Jordan and Illustrated by Shadra Strickland

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A Child’s Book of Prayers and Blessings, Illus. by Shadra Strickland, Released Today

October 10, 2017

A Child’s Book of Prayers and Blessings: From Faiths and Cultures Around the World, written by Deloris Jordan and illustrated by Shadra Strickland, is now available for purchase!

This beautifully illustrated picture book is filled with multicultural prayers and blessings. Featuring traditional blessings and prayers from a variety of religions, including Christianity, Judaism, Islam, and Buddhism, this inclusive book encourages peace in children.

A Child’s Book of Prayers and Blessings is available for purchase here.

Clayton Byrd Goes Underground Written by Rita Williams-Garcia and Illustrated by Frank Morrison

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Vanessa Brantley Newton and Frank Morrison Nominated for NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Literary Works

November 21, 2017

The 49th NAACP Image Awards are coming soon. The NAACP Image Award is an awards ceremony to honor the work of artists of color in genres spanning cinema, music, and literature, held each year on MLK’s birthday. This year, two books illustrated by Painted Words’s artists have been nominated!

In the “Outstanding Literary Work – Children” category is The Youngest Marcher: The Story of Audrey Faye Hendricks, A Young Civil Rights Activist, written by Cynthia Levinson and illustrated by Vanessa Brantley Newton. In the “Outstanding Literary Work – Youth/Teens” is Clayton Byrd Goes Underground written by Rita Williams-Garcia and illustrated by Frank Morrison. Congratulations!

The full list of nominees for the NAACP Image Award is available hereThe Youngest Marcher can be purchased here and Clayton Byrd Goes Underground is available for purchase here.

Clayton Byrd Goes Underground, by Rita Williams-Garcia and Illus. by Frank Morrison, Nominated for National Book Award

October 6, 2017

Every year since 1950, a select group of books wins the National Book Award. This prestigious award is given to the best books of the year in fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and children’s literature categories. This year’s nominees for the awards have been announced, with five potential winners in each category.

In the children’s literature category, Clayton Byrd Goes Underground was one of the nominees. Clayton Byrd was written by Rita Williams-Garcia and the cover was illustrated by Frank Morrison. This bittersweet book for young readers tells the story of a boy’s attempts to cope with the loss of his grandfather through music. Congratulations to Rita and Frank for their nomination!

The full list of nominees for the National Book Award can be found hereClayton Byrd Goes Underground is available for purchase here.

A Night Out with Mama, written by Quvenzhané Wallis and Illustrated by Vanessa Brantley Newton

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Kirkus Starred Review for A Night Out with Mama by Quvenzhané Wallis and Illus. by Vanessa B Newton

October 4, 2017

Released yesterday, A Night Out with Mama is the new picture book from Academy Award nominated actress Quvenzhané Wallis and illustrator Vanessa Brantley Newton. This stylish story tells of the night of the Academy Awards themselves and Wallis’s excitement over dressing up beautifully and going out with her mother.

Kirkus recently reviewed this charming new book and gave it a starred review. Kirkus praises the exciting and unique true story. As they observe, few actresses of color, let alone ones under ten, have the chance to experience and tell a story like this! Kirkus also praises Vanessa’s illustrations, writing, “Expressively illustrated with Brantley-Newton’s characteristically upbeat illustrations, the book exudes positivity.”

Kirkus’s full starred review is available hereA Night Out with Mama is now available for purchase and can be ordered online here.

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.