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… If…A Mind-Bending New Way of Looking at Big Ideas and Numbers, written by David J. Smith and illustrated by Steve Adams. If helps children understand complicated big ideas by comparing them to smaller, common objects. Neo Leo: The Ageless Ideas of Leonardo da Vinci, by Gene Barretta. This fun biography introduces children to the famous inventor who laid the groundwork for many of history’s great inventions. Now & Ben: The Modern Inventions of Benjamin Franklin, by Gene Barretta. Another biography, this one focuses on Ben Franklin and how he and his inventions shaped the modern world. The Worm by Elise Gravel. Part of her acclaimed Disgusting Critters series, The Worm is full of fun and gross details about this common creature. Geekwrapped calls it, “Really fun and educational.” Timeless Thomas: How Thomas Edison Changed Our Lives by Gene Barretta. The third in his series of biographies on inventors, this one shares the successes and failures of […]
Lucía the Luchadora has received a great review from the School Library Journal (SLJ). Lucía, written by Cynthia Leonor Garza and illustrated by Alyssa Bermudez, tells the story of a little girl who longs to be a superhero. When the boys at her school tell her that girls can’t be heroes, she feels defeated, but with the help of her grandmother and the Mexican tradition of luchadores, she learns to stand up for herself and others. The SLJ praised the energetic text and the feminist message of the story, writing, “The narrative encourages girls to trust their own strengths yet is never didactic.” They also praise Alyssa’s art, which they describe as, “Animated illustrations [that] capture the…vibrant main character.” In all, they conclude Lucía is, “A shining debut outing for author and illustrator, this endearing and humorous title is sure to put a bit of KA-POW into storytimes! A must-have.” The full review from the SLJ is available here. Lucía the Luchadora can be purchased online here.
The Children’s Book Review released a list of 25 Best New Picture Books for April. Included on this list was the picture book Thirsty, Thirsty Elephants, written by Sandra Markle and illustrated by Fabricio Vanden Broeck. This lovely book tells the story, based on facts, of an elephant herd searching for water in the midst of a drought and eventually finding it thanks to Grandma Elephant’s long memory. The Children’s Book Review’s full list can be found here. Thirsty, Thirsty Elephants can be purchased online here.
The CCBC Choices list is an annual selection compiled by the Cooperative Children’s Book Center on the best children’s books of the year. This year, three of Painted Words authors illustrators have been included on the list under various categories! Picture Books for School Age Children: The Quickest Kid in Clarksville, written by Pat Zietlow Miller and illustrated by Frank Morrison Don’t Call Me Grandma, written by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson and illustrated by Liz Zunon Concept Books: The Opposite Zoo by Il Sung Na The full list of selected books is available here.
Ashley Spires, celebrated author and illustrator of books ranging from The Most Magnificent Thing to Binky the Space Cat, was featured in a wonderful interview in the Canadian Society of Children’s Authors, Illustrators, and Performers (CANSCAIP) newsletter. In the fascinating and funny interview, Ashley discusses her love of pets, her inspirations and her anxieties, and the journey that brought her to where she is now. There’s also some hints of where she might be going next! Anyone who is fan of Ashley and her wonderful work should make sure to check out this interview, which you can find here.
Coming out this May, And Then Comes Summer, written by Tom Brenner and illustrated by Jaime Kim, is already attracting plenty of praise! The School Library Journal and Booklist are only the latest to positively review the beautiful picture book, which is an ode to all the joys of summer. The SLJ praised the picture book nostalgic atmosphere and beautiful imagery, writing, “the lyrical verse captures all the exuberance and simplicity of a childhood summer.” They also admired Jaime’s illustrations, which they describe as, “Buoyant and infused with energy, these picturesque images call to mind an idyllic time and place without electronics or screens and where kids are free to roam with minimal supervision.” The full review will be in the March issue of the School Library Journal. Booklist calls And Then Comes Summer, ” a languid, poetic, joyful tribute to the hotter and stickier months,” with “stunning” descriptions. They also praise Jaime’s illustrations, writing, “Kim’s artwork is steeped in sunshine.” Overall, they conclude the picture book’s “overall effect is a celebration of playing outdoors in front yards with bare feet on those special, cherished days.” The full review is available on Booklist’s website. And Then Comes Summer will be available for […]