Lucía the Luchadora has received a great review from the School Library Journal (SLJ). Lucía, written by Cynthia Leonor Garza and illustrated by Alyssa Bermudez, tells the story of a little girl who longs to be a superhero. When the boys at her school tell her that girls can’t be heroes, she feels defeated, but with the help of her grandmother and the Mexican tradition of luchadores, she learns to stand up for herself and others. The SLJ praised the energetic text and the feminist message of the story, writing, “The narrative encourages girls to trust their own strengths yet is never didactic.” They also praise Alyssa’s art, which they describe as, “Animated illustrations [that] capture the…vibrant main character.” In all, they conclude Lucía is, “A shining debut outing for author and illustrator, this endearing and humorous title is sure to put a bit of KA-POW into storytimes! A must-have.” The full review from the SLJ is available here. Lucía the Luchadora can be purchased online here.
The Children’s Book Review released a list of 25 Best New Picture Books for April. Included on this list was the picture book Thirsty, Thirsty Elephants, written by Sandra Markle and illustrated by Fabricio Vanden Broeck. This lovely book tells the story, based on facts, of an elephant herd searching for water in the midst of a drought and eventually finding it thanks to Grandma Elephant’s long memory. The Children’s Book Review’s full list can be found here. Thirsty, Thirsty Elephants can be purchased online here.
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.