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How Sweet the Sound: The Story of Amazing Grace by Carole Boston Weatherford, illustrated by Frank Morrison

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How Sweet the Sound illus. by Frank Morrison receives starred review from Booklist!

February 1, 2018

How Sweet the Sound: The Story of Amazing Grace written by Carole Boston Weatherford and illustrated by Frank Morrison has received a starred review from Booklist! The book chronicles the history of the famed song of hope and inspiration, from its authorship by John Newton to its present day invocations. Morrison’s work is praised as “majestic paintings” and “dramatic spreads that breathe life into both Newton’s story and the history that followed.”

You can read the full review here and pre-order your copy of How Sweet the Sound here.

Terrific Tongues! by Maria Gianferrari, illustrated by Jia Liu

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Tremendous Review for Terrific Tongues!, illus. by Jia Liu

January 30, 2018

Terrific Tongues! written by Maria Gianferrari and illustrated by Jia Liu has received a promising review from Kirkus ahead of its publishing date in early April. The review highlights the interactive nature of the book, and insists that it is not only “perfect for a group storytime,” but that it’s also “a useful addition to the wonders-of-animals shelf.”

You can find the full review here. And pre-order your copy of Terrific Tongues! here.

March On! The Day My Brother Martin Changed the World by Christine King Farris and illustrated by London Ladd

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March On! illus. by London Ladd on SLJ’s list of Great Books for Celebrating Martin Luther King Day

January 16, 2018

March On! The Day My Brother Martin Changed the World by Christine King Farris and illustrated by London Ladd was included on School Library Journal’s list of “Great Books for Celebrating Martin Luther King Day!” March On! recounts the events of the March on Washington from the perspective of Martin Luther King Jr.’s sister, and includes Ladd’s “painterly illustrations” that “convey the participants’ soaring emotions.”

Check out the full list here.

A Child’s Introduction to African American History illustrated by Lynn Gaines

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A Child’s Introduction to African American History illus. by Lynn Gaines is available now!

10 Jan 2018

A Child’s Introduction to African American History: The Experiences, People, and Events That Shaped Our Country, written by Jabari Asim and illustrated by Lynn Gaines, is available for purchase! This book provides an in-depth guide to the compelling history of African Americans, touching on a variety of subjects such as politics, music, sports, entertainment, and many more. Asim provides details from the slave trade to the recent Black Lives Matter movement, noting prominent African American icons such as Rosa Parks, Miles Davis, and Toni Morrison. Gaines’ illustrations bring the expansive, complex history to life.
Grab a copy here!

Grandma’s Purse by Vanessa B. Newton

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Vanessa Brantley Newton Featured on All the Wonders Podcast

10 Jan 2018
Check out episode #418 of ‘All the Wonders’ podcast, where Vanessa Brantley Newton talks about connecting with her readers, kids giving their parents a do-over, and the universal quest to give others what you never got.

Vanessa B. Newton’s Grandma’s Purse is out today!

09 Jan 2018

Happy Book Birthday to Vanessa B. Newton’s new picture book, Grandma’s Purse! See what the critics are saying…

“Brantley-Newton creates a whimsical interplay of patterns, rich color, and her trademark lively expressions–a beautiful visual mélange. The magic of grandparents is undeniable, and this book is an excellent treat for grandkids to share with their own grandmas and grandpas, or the other way around.”–Kirkus

“Brantley-Newton’s vividly colorful images paint the happiness the little girl feels in her grandmother’s presence. A strong intergenerational choice for any picture book collection.”–SLJ

“An exuberant melange of brightly colored, cheerful images, perfectly matched to the cheerful tone of the intergenerational story.”–Booklist

Order your copy here!

The Adventures of Wrong Man and Power Girl!, Written by C. Alexander London and Illustrated by Frank Morrison

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The Adventures of Wrong Man and Power Girl!, Illus. by Frank Morrison, Receives Praise from Kirkus

December 5, 2017

Sometimes dads are all wrong and it’s up to kids to save the day! That’s certainly the case in The Adventures of Wrong Man and Power Girl!, written by C. Alexander London and illustrated by Frank Morrison. A picture book/comic book mash up, this humorous story follows the imagined superhero adventures of a little girl and her dad.

Kirkus wrote a review of Wrong Man and Power Girl. They call it “sweet and amusing” and praise the imaginative nature of the story. They praise the diverse characters and the father-daughter relationship between characters of color. Of Frank’s illustrations, they write, “Morrison’s colorful artwork nicely mimics the style and feel of a vintage comic book, panels and layering lending the book a dynamic feel.” All in all, they conclude that Wrong Man and Power Girl is, “A lighthearted adventure story that charms and entertains.”

Kirkus’s full review is available hereThe Adventures of Wrong Man and Power Girl! is coming out in March 2018. Pre-order it here!

Midnight Teacher: Lilly Ann Granderson and Her Secret School, Written by Janet Halfmann and Illustrated by London Ladd

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Midnight Teacher, Illust. by London Ladd Released Today

February 6, 2018

Midnight Teacher: Lilly Ann Granderson and Her Secret School written by Janet Halfmann and illustrated by London Ladd is available for purchase today! The nonfiction picture book, which received a Kirkus Starred Review ahead of its release, relates the history of the courageous enslaved woman who held secret classes to educate fellow enslaved people. Teaching hundreds of enslaved individuals to read and write, Granderson’s story is inspirational, and beautifully portrayed through Halfmann’s prose, coupled with Ladd’s realistic illustrations.

Purchase your copy here today!

Great Publishers Weekly Review for Midnight Teacher, Illus. by London Ladd

December 20, 2017

Publishers Weekly shared a review of upcoming biographical picture book Midnight Teacher: Lilly Ann Granderson and Her Secret School. Written by Janet Halfmann and illustrated by London LaddMidnight Teacher recounts the story of a woman born into slavery whose determination and bravery led to the literacy of countless slaves. Publishers Weekly praises London Ladd’s “rich, naturalistic” images and remarks on the “painful but uplifting” nature of the inspirational narrative.

Publishers Weekly’s full review is available hereMidnight Teacher is coming out February 6, 2018 and can be pre-ordered here.

Kirkus Starred Review for Midnight Teacher, Illus. by London Ladd

December 4, 2017

Coming out in February 2018, Midnight Teacher: Lilly Ann Granderson and Her Secret School is the true story of an amazing woman. Written by Janet Halfmann and illustrated by London LaddMidnight Teacher tells the story of Lilly Ann Granderson, a woman living in slavery who ran a secret school to teach her fellow slaves how to read, despite the high potential for punishment.

Kirkus reviewed Midnight Teacher and gave it a starred review. They praised the importance of the story, calling it a “remarkable, true story.” They write of London’s illustrations, “[The] picture book’s detailed, realistic illustrations were created using acrylic paint and colored pencil. Ladd’s artwork shows Lilly Ann’s determination to improve lives through literacy and will also familiarize readers with the book’s historical settings.” In all, they conclude that Midnight Teacher is, “An excellent homage to an African-American woman who taught ahead of her time.”

Kirkus’s full starred review is available hereMidnight Teacher is coming out February 6th. Pre-order it here!

The Bat Can Bat: A Book of True Homonyms by Gene Barretta

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Kirkus Praises Gene Barretta’s The Bat Can Bat

December 4, 2017

Gene Barretta‘s newest picture book is a continuation of his series on word play. Having previously examined homographs and homophones, he has now moved on to homonyms with The Bat Can Bat: A Book of True Homonyms. A humorous examination of words that are spelled the same but have different meanings, The Bat Can Bat was recently reviewed by Kirkus.

Kirkus praises the hilarious illustrations and the clever explanation of this difficult concept. They write, “Barretta is a master of wordplay…and his hugely expressive, brightly hued watercolor cartoons certainly depict both the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat, all with endless humor and charm.” They also praise the educational quality of the book which teaches without lecturing, writing, “Youngsters will laugh out loud while they are unconsciously, painlessly learning.”

Kirkus’s full review is available hereThe Bat Can Bat is coming out this February and can be pre-ordered online here.

Martha and the Slave Catchers, Written by Harriet Hyman Alonso and Illustrated by Elizabeth Zunon

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High Praise for Newly Released Martha and the Slave Catchers, Illus. by Elizabeth Zunon

November 27, 2017

Martha and the Slave Catchers, written by Harriet Hyman Alonso and illustrated by Elizabeth Zunon, is now available for purchase! This high-suspense adventure set shortly after the Fugitive Slave Act follows a young girl, Martha, who sets out to rescue her younger brother through the Underground Railroad. Martha has already been greeted with high praise from reviewers.

“Alonso pens an informative, easy-to-follow adventure story that nevertheless tackles the persistent issues arising from antebellum America, including race and skin color, situational ethics and their devastating consequences, and allyship and using privilege for justice. A tense adventure about interracial adoption that gets to the heart of what’s most important: love.” – Kirkus Reviews

“Alonso and Zunon have both done a masterful job bringing America’s pre-Civil War years to the page. Readers will sit in suspense as Martha risks her life in the Underground Railroad network. . . Fans of Laurie Halse Anderson’s “Seeds of America” series will want to pick this up.” – School Library Journal

“The fast-paced plot, filled with twists and surprises, will engage readers and spark discussion of these important issues. Alonso breathes life into the sights, sounds, and emotions of travel on the Underground Railroad.” – Elisa Carbone, author of Stealing Freedom

Martha and the Slave Catchers is available for purchase here.

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.