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 here. Stolen Words is coming out in September and can be pre-ordered here.
Did you love “The Legendary Miss Lena Horne” as much as we did? Why not spend a few days this summer doing a few activities involving this amazing book? Elizabeth Zunon will be at a few of these events and it’s a great chance to come meet the illustrator and spend some time escaping the heat! Lena Horne Story Hour Saturday, July 1 from 1:00-2:00pm Macon Branch of the Brooklyn Public Library After a reading of “The Legendary Miss Lena Horne”, you can and make your very own special birthday craft to take home! Click here to RSVP and come join the fun! Reading and Drawing Story Time with Elizabeth Zunon and “The Legendary Miss Lena Horne” Saturday, July 15 from 11:30am-12:30pm Greenlight Bookstore (the Fort Greene location) Click here for more information. Reading and Drawing Story Time with Elizabeth Zunon and “The Legendary Miss Lena Horne” Saturday, July 15 from 1:30-2:30pm Greenlight Bookstore (Prospect Lefferts Gardens location) Click here for more information.
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.
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.
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 here. Wee Sister Strange will be released in September, but you can pre-order it here.
The blog Archimedes Notebook helps children and parents find books for children that focus on science and environmental issues. Archimedes Notebook recently posted a blog post on picture books that explore science through the medium of poetry. One of the books the post praised is Thunder Underground, written by Jane Yolen and illustrated by Josée Masse. Thunder Underground explores the concept of the varied things that exist under our feet, from ant colonies to subway lines. Archimedes praised the way the story incorporates a variety of unique aspects of nature as well as the factual back matter. Archimedes’s blog post is available here. You can purchase Thunder Underground here.