On Wednesday, August 9th, Sarah Dillard will be reading from her early chapter book Mouse Scouts. The reading will take place at the Unlikely Story Bookstore and Cafe in Plainville, Massachusetts. From 3 to 5 pm, there will be reading, book signing, and the opportunity to earn your very own Mouse Scouts badge! If you’re a fan of the series or looking for a way to brighten up your Wednesday, Sarah would love for you to drop by! More information about the event is available at Unlikely Story’s website here. The first book in the Mouse Scouts series can be purchased here.
Coming out in October, Trucks Galore is a gleeful celebration of all things truck related, silly and serious. Written by Peter Stein and illustrated by Bob Staake, Trucks Galore is the newest in the duo’s Galore series. Kirkus recently reviewed this new picture book. They praised the silly compilation of various kinds of trucks, commenting on Peter’s, “seemingly impossible descriptions,” and Staake’s “highly original” illustrations. According to Kirkus, Trucks Galore “is sure to lure in both hardcore preschool truck enthusiasts and their truck-curious compatriots as they pore over the details on every page.” Kirkus’s full review is available here. Trucks Galore can be pre-ordered online here.
Kirkus has written a starred review for upcoming Stolen Words, written by Melanie Florence and illustrated by Gabrielle Grimard. This poignant picture book tells of the relationship between a Cree girl and her grandfather. When the girl asks her grandfather to teach her the Cree language, she learns of the devastating effects of Canada’s residential school program for indigenous inhabitants. Kirkus praises the storytelling of the book, writing, “Florence’s tender text soothes the harsh reality of…Canada’s former residential schools.” They also strongly compliment Gabrielle’s illustrations. Kirkus writes, “Grimard’s equally emotive illustrations show the stark realities of the experience…At the same time the soft colors and nuanced expressions enrich Florence’s text.” They conclude that this important story is “Unforgettable.” Kirkus’s full starred review is available here. Stolen Words is coming out in September and can be pre-ordered here.
Did you love “The Legendary Miss Lena Horne” as much as we did? Why not spend a few days this summer doing a few activities involving this amazing book? Elizabeth Zunon will be at a few of these events and it’s a great chance to come meet the illustrator and spend some time escaping the heat! Lena Horne Story Hour Saturday, July 1 from 1:00-2:00pm Macon Branch of the Brooklyn Public Library After a reading of “The Legendary Miss Lena Horne”, you can and make your very own special birthday craft to take home! Click here to RSVP and come join the fun! Reading and Drawing Story Time with Elizabeth Zunon and “The Legendary Miss Lena Horne” Saturday, July 15 from 11:30am-12:30pm Greenlight Bookstore (the Fort Greene location) Click here for more information. Reading and Drawing Story Time with Elizabeth Zunon and “The Legendary Miss Lena Horne” Saturday, July 15 from 1:30-2:30pm Greenlight Bookstore (Prospect Lefferts Gardens location) Click here for more information.
Summer is here and we’re nearly halfway through 2017, if you can believe it! It’s the perfect time to look back at the year and pick some of the best children’s books of the year so far. Amazon recently compiled a list of their editors’ books of the year. Two of our own artists’ picture books made it on the list! In the Ages 3 to 5 category, Amazon chose Lucía the Luchadora, written by Cynthia Leonor Garza and illustrated by Alyssa Bermudez. This vivid picture book tells the story of a young girl who draws on her heritage of lucha libre to become a hero on her playground. Purchase it here. In the Ages 6 to 8 category is Mae and June and the Wonder Wheel, written by Charise Mericle Harper and illustrated by Ashley Spires. A chapter book for young readers, Mae and June focuses on the adventures of two young girls who pick each day’s activities based on a wheel with a list of tasks. Purchase it here. Amazon’s full list of 2017’s Best Books So Far is available here.
The Chocolate Lily Book Awards is a reader’s choice awards that selects some of the best children’s fiction from authors and illustrators from British Columbia in Canada. Every year, they nominate books in categories such as picture books and novels. This year, Canadian author/illustrator Ashley Spires was nominated for two different books (see below)! Congratulations, Ashley! Picture Books – Spare Dog Parts, written by Alison Hughes and illustrated by Ashley Spires Chapter Books/Early Novels – Fluffy Strikes Back, written and illustrated by Ashley Spires The Chocolate Lily Book Award’s full list of nominated books is available here.