Gabrielle Grimard‘s newest picture book, Lila and the Crow is now available for purchase! Lila and the Crow is the story of a little girl excited to make new friends in her new town, only to be bullied for her appearance and differences. After a little boy teases her for having hair as black as a crow, Lila encounters a strange crow, but ignores it. But when her loneliness and despair is it’s worst, an encounter with this crow teaches her to see things differently. You can order Lila and the Crow online here.
The third volume of Sarah Dillard‘s adorable early chapter book series is now available for purchase! As the title suggests, Mouse Scouts: Camp Out is about the hardworking Mouse Scouts working to earn their camping out badge. But not all of the Scouts are looking forward to a night beneath the stars. When one of their own goes missing, can they work together to find her? To find out, you’ll have to read the new volume! You can order it online here.
The Children’s and Young Adult Bloggers Literary (CYBIL) Awards is an award given out every year for juvenile and children’s books that successfully combine literary merit and popular appeal. Every year, a list of nominees is created, and from this list, the winners are chosen. This year, five of our authors/illustrators were nominated for six different books! Juvenile and Elementary Nonfiction: Sky High: George Ferris’s Big Wheel (Step Into Reading), written by Monica Kulling and illustrated by Gene Barretta Grover Cleveland, Again!, written by Ken Burns and illustrated by Gerald Kelley The Toad (Disgusting Critters Series), written and illustrated by Elise Gravel Fiction Picture Books/Board Books: Mary Had A Little Glam, written by Tammi Saeur and illustrated by Vanessa Brantley Newton Middle Grade Fiction: The Nine Lives of Jacob Tibbs, written by Cylin Busby and illustrated by Gerald Kelley Poetry: Echo Echo: Reverso Poems About Greek Myths, written by Marilyn Singer and illustrated by Josée Masse Congratulations to our talented authors and illustrators! To find out more about the CYBIL awards and who else has been nominated, visit their site here.
The Africana Access Review, a program dedicated to reviewing children’s books about Africa, annually gives out awards to the best children’s and YA books on Africa. This year, One Plastic Bag: Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of Gambia, written by Miranda Paul and illustrated by Liz Zunon, has been chosen by this committe to receive a Children’s African Book Honor. Liz Zunon will be attending a dinner to honor the awarded authors and illustrators is being held tomorrow, October 7th, at Busboys and Poets in Washington D.C. Those interested in attending can RSVP here. Saturday October 8th, Liz will be signing copies of One Plastic Bag at the 24th Annual Children’s Africana Book Awards Festival at the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art. This event is free to the public. Liz will be available for signings from 11 am to 2 pm. For more information, see the flyer below. If you haven’t read this inspirational and true book yet, you can purchase One Plastic Bag online here.
Connie Morrison, author of the picture book I Got the Rhythm, will be featured in the third part of the Artist Talk Brunch Series at the Ode to Babel in Brooklyn, NY. Along with five other authors and illustrators, Connie will discuss critiquing and what is needed to create a work. The event will occur October 16th with an admission fee of $25. Admission is free for high school students who bring their school ID with them. Make sure to stop by if you’re in the area! You can purchase tickets at Ode to Babel’s site here.
The town of Brentwood, CA, is holding a StoryWalk event from September 10 to October 1, featuring Michael Slack‘s picture book Monkey Truck. A StoryWalk is an event in which individual pages from a storybook are set out at special stops across a park or town so that participants can read the story as they take a peaceful walk by themselves or with their family. On the last day of the StoryWalk, California local Michael Slack will visit Brentwood himself, guiding anyone who wishes to join in through the StorkWalk and finally stopping by the community center for an author talk and book signing. Anyone in the Brentwood area October first should stop by to join the walk and say hi to Michael! Find out more about the Brentwood StoryWalk event here. If you haven’t read Monkey Truck yet, you can order it online here!