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 […]
New picture book, La La La, written by Kate DiCamillo and illustrated by Jaime Kim, isn’t coming out until September, half a year away, but it’s already getting buzz, including an interview and cover reveal with Entertainment Weekly! La La La is a unique new project, telling the story of a young girl singing to the moon. The story is told almost entirely wordlessly. EW interviewed Kate DiCamillo on how she came up with this idea, the nearly ten year attempt to create it and find the perfect illustrator, and the joy that she felt when Jaime returned the manuscript, which DiCamillo describes as “gorgeous.” In turn, Jaime describes her inspirations for the illustrations and characters, including her sister and her own childhood. Jaime told EW, “As I worked on La La La, I felt healed by the story itself, in addition to the joy of drawing. It was she who gave me a most wonderful gift.” EW also first revealed the cover (right) to La La La. You can read the full interview here. If you can’t wait for this exciting new story, you can pre-order La La La here.
Coming out this May, And Then Comes Summer, written by Tom Brenner and illustrated by Jaime Kim, is a joyful ode to that most wonderful of times, summer. Kirkus recently wrote a review for And Then Comes Summer, awarding it a starred review. They praise the “lush” descriptions and exuberant atmosphere. They had even more praise for Jaime’s illustrations, writing, “In gleeful acrylic illustrations, [the characters’] eyes crinkle and pop with joy, their arms fly skyward, their legs extend midstride…Looking at these fantastic freeze-frames of fun, young readers see their desire to halt time during summer months fulfilled.” Kirkus’s full review can be found here. And Then Comes Summer can be pre-ordered here.
March is Women’s History Month, and Liz Zunon is celebrating in style with two events this weekend in which she will read her picture book, The Legendary Miss Lena Horne, written by Carole Boston Weatherford, which tells the story of a powerful woman: actress, singer, and civil rights activist Lena Horne. On Saturday, Liz will be signing copies of Lena Horne in The Open Door Bookstore in Schenectady, New York from 1 to 2:30 pm. Copies of her picture book Poems in the Attic, written by Nikki Grimes, which also celebrates girls and their creative efforts, will also be available. You can find out more information about the event here. Sunday, Liz will participate in a Story time and Art Making event at the Albany Institute of History and Art. A reading of The Legendary Miss Lena Horne will be followed by a special art activity. Afterward, she will sign copies of her book in the museum gift shop. More information about this event can be found here. The Legendary Miss Lena Horne can be purchased here.