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 Ladd, Midnight 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 here. Midnight Teacher is coming out February 6, 2018 and can be pre-ordered here.
Shelf Awareness, a newsletter about the book industry, recently released a 2017 Best Children’s and Teen Books of the Year list. Stolen Words, written by Melanie Florence and illustrated by Gabrielle Grimard was right at the top of the list! Stolen Words is the story of the relationship between a young girl and her Cree grandfather. When she discovers that he lost his native language in Canada’s residential school program, she sets out to help him recover it. It’s one of Shelf Awareness’s best picture books of 2017. Shelf Awareness’s full list of best books of the year is available here. Stolen Words can be purchased online here.
All Day Long, God Loves Me and Everywhere I Go, God Is With Me, both written by Mikal Keefer and illustrated by Nomar Perez have made it to Amazon’s Best Sellers page in the category of Children’s Christian Learning Concepts Fiction! All Day Long is the number one bestseller in the genre and Everywhere I Go is number two. These adorable picture books depict animal characters learning about the presence of God in the daily lives. Amazon’s Best Sellers page for Children’s Christian Learning Concepts can be found here. All Day Long, God Loves Me is available here and Everywhere I Go, God Is With Me is available here.
Booklist’s starred review of The Great Dictionary Caper is their Review of the Day today! The review of this humorous new picture book is featured on the front page of their website. Written by Judy Sierra and illustrated by Eric Comstock, The Great Dictionary Caper tells the story of what happens when the words escape from the dictionary. Booklist calls The Great Dictionary Caper, “Delightful,” and praises both the humor and the educational worth of the story. They write, “It’s all fun and word games, but in the process, readers will also get a tidy lesson in linguistic concepts.” They also praise the elaborate page spreads which visually depict the textual word play, which are “enhanced by Comstock’s energetic, retro-flair illustrations, which fill the pages with cavorting words and creative details.” In all, Booklist concludes, “In approach and format, this is both entertaining and educational—likely to hold and pique kids’ interest in the topic and provide a fun learning supplement.” Booklist’s starred, featured review is available here. The Great Dictionary Caper will be coming out January 2018 and is available for pre-order here.
Starting this weekend, Frank Morrison‘s art will be displayed at an art gallery in Brooklyn, New York. The “Urban Restoration” Exhibit features Frank’s graffiti style artwork. As street art is increasingly co-opted by the fine art world, Urban Restoration seeks to restore graffiti style art to the inner city artists that originally created it. In his artist statement, Frank writes, “My work dignifies the evolution of everyday, underrepresented people and places within the urban landscape. I seek to both highlight and preserve the soul of the city.” The exhibit will be shown at Richard Beaver Gallery in Brooklyn, NYC. It will run from December 16th to January 28th. If you’re in the area during that time period, make sure to check out this unique and amazing art exhibition! More information is available at the Richard Beaver website here. You can RSVP to the event here.
Due in part to institutions such as residential schools, Aboriginal languages in Canada and the US are in danger of going extinct. But children’s books are doing their part to prevent this tragic result, with several books coming out recently that introduce the language, culture, or history of vulnerable languages. Quill and Quire, a Canadian magazine of book news and reviews, reviewed picture books focused on the Cree language, including Stolen Words. Written by Melanie Florence and illustrated by Gabrielle Grimard, Stolen Words tells the story of the relationship between a young girl and her Cree grandfather. When the young protagonist discovers her grandfather lost his Cree language from the residential school system, she sets out to help him relearn the language. Quill and Quire praises the picture books evocative description and illustrations and its frank confrontation of the trauma of the residential schools. Gabrielle’s illustrations are described as “beautiful and disturbing.” Quill and Quire’s full review is available here. Stolen Words can be purchased online here.