The New York Public Library recently released their list of the best books of 2016 for teens and kids. They chose 100 books in various categories for kids, and 50 for teens. Two of Painted Words’s authors/illustrators made it to that list! In the nonfiction category was included Lincoln and Kennedy: A Pair to Compare by Gene Barretta. Echo, Echo: Reverso Poems About Greek Myths, written by Marilyn Singer and illustrated by Josée Masse, was included in the poetry category. Congratulations, Gene and Josée! The entire list of books can be found on the NYPL’s site here. You can purchase Lincoln and Kennedy here and Echo, Echo here.
Betsy Thompson‘s newest picture book, Sunrise, Moonrise, published by Simon and Schuster, is now available for purchase! This poetic picture book depicts the passing of time and the different animals that can be seen at different times with bold, colorful artwork in Betsy’s unique style. You can find Sunrise, Moonrise in your local bookstore or purchase it online here.
The School Library Journal recently released their list of the best books of 2016, and Echo Echo: Reverso Poems About Greek Myths, written by Marilyn Singer and illustrated by Josée Masse, made the list in the nonfiction section. Echo Echo retells classic Greek myths using the poetic format called reverso poems. Only 66 books were chosen this year to be included on the SLJ’s best of the year list. Congratulations, Josée and Marilyn! You can check out all the books chosen by the SLJ here. Echo Echo can be purchased online here.
Coming out in March 2017, If You Were the Moon, written by Laura Purdie Salas and illustrated by Jaime Kim, is a poetic and scientific exploration of all the things the moon does for the Earth and for humans. To ensure accuracy, it was even reviewed by a real astrophysicist! In their review, Kirkus called If You Were the Moon “inventive and spirited.” They write of Jaime’s art that, “Each illustration is tinged with starlight, making the book a pleasant nighttime read,” and conclude that, “Salas and Kim provide a great addition to a nighttime-window reading shelf and/or early-science classroom.” You can order If You Were the Moon online here!
Thunder Underground, the upcoming picture book written by acclaimed author Jane Yolen and illustrated by Josée Masse, is a collection of poems centering on the idea of what lies underneath our feet, underground. This unique idea takes its main characters and the reader on a poetic adventure through the earth and the things hidden there, ranging from animals to hidden pirate treasure. Kirkus recently reviewed Thunder Underground with high praise and a starred review. They called the picture book, “A thoughtful exploration of nature expressed in poetry that should open the eyes of children to unseen worlds,” and they wrote of Josée’s art that, “Masse’s mixed-media illustrations portray the imaginary points of view with aplomb.” Thunder Underground won’t be released until March 2017, but if you can’t wait for it, you can pre-order it online here.
Charlie Piechart is back and ready to solve more mysteries! This time, his friend’s hat has gone missing, leading to a new mystery and a chance to teach children about shapes. Written by Marilyn Sadler and illustrated by Eric Comstock, Charlie Piechart and the Case of the Missing Hat is the newest picture book in the series. Booklist has written a great review about Charlie Piechart and the Case of the Missing Hat. Describing the hero as “Lovable, circular Charlie,” they praise the educational elements incorporated into the book. Booklist writes of Eric’s illustrations, “Comstock depicts familiar school things—lockers, an art room, a science lab, a teachers’ lounge—with pencil, paper, and digital renderings. The simplistic look of the characters and the monochromatic colors place the emphasis on the shape theme, while sidebars add definitions and examples.” Charlie Piechart and the Case of the Missing Hat can be ordered online here.