On Saturday, March 17, The Highlights Foundation unveiled their 2018 Visual Arts Exhibit, and hosted a reception in honor of children’s illustrator Shadra Strickland, whose inspiring artwork can be viewed on display at the Barn throughout the year. The director of customer experience, George Brown, stated that Shadra’s work will “serve as a source of creativity and encouragement for writers and illustrators.” Read the full press release from the event here.
Now & Ben: The Modern Inventions of Benjamin Franklin by Gene Barretta was included on Celebrate Science‘s list, “5 Faves: Expository Nonfiction Recommended by Donna Miller.” Donna Miller, who created the list, is a K-5 library teacher in Massachusetts, and describes how teachers can integrate the book into the classroom, from introducing science projects to teaching how to write biographies. Click here to view the blog post.
Congratulations to Mircea Catusanu, who illustrated Noah Webster’s Fighting Words, which has been included on the CCBC Choices 2018 List. CCBC Choices is a best-of-the-year list created annually by the librarians of the Cooperative Children’s Book Center and published by the Friends of the CCBC, Inc. Noah Webster’s Fighting Words has received much praise since its publication in April 2017, gaining starred reviews from both Publishers Weekly and School Library Journal. You can view the entire CCBC Choices list here and grab your copy of Noah Webster’s Fighting Words here.
Congratulations to Gerald Kelley, who illustrated A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo, for such a successful debut! Under the pseudonym EG Keller, Kelley teamed up with John Oliver and author Jill Twiss on a top secret project that was ultimately revealed on a segment during Sunday’s episode of Oliver’s show, Last Week Tonight With John Oliver. The book is an adorable, witty parody of Charlotte and Karen Pence’s Marlon Bundo: A Day in the Life of the Vice President. In Twiss’ version, Marlon Bundo is a gay male bunny who falls in love with another male bunny, and decides to get married. The parody’s antagonist, Stink Bug, is an anti-gay marriage politician with a striking resemblance to Vice President Mike Pence, who shares Stink Bug’s anti-LGBTQ views. The book sold 10,000 copies within the first 15 minutes of its release, and has already sold out, with another printing already in the works. All the proceeds of the book will be donated to the Trevor Project, a suicide hotline for LGBTQ youth, and the AIDS charity AIDS United. Click here to order your copy of A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo.
Congratulations to Josée Masse, who illustrated Thunder Underground, which has been named one of the Best & Brightest Children’s Books of 2017 by Denver Public Library. The book was featured in the “Children’s Poetry” category, and is a thought-provoking collection of poems that teaches kids about the mysterious world underneath us through science, adventure and poetry. You can view the entire list from Denver Public Library here and grab a copy of Thunder Underground here.
In honor of March being Women’s History Month, Huffington Post has compiled a list of 17 children’s books that parents can read to their kids that are inspired by the lives of real women in history. The Youngest Marcher, illustrated by Vanessa B. Newton, had the honor of appearing on this list. The book introduces young readers to Audrey Faye Hendricks, a Civil Rights activist who taught the world you’re never too young to make a difference. Also included on the list is Shaking Things Up, which includes illustrations from PW artist Shadra Strickland and 12 other extraordinary women. You can view the entire list of books here.