London Ladd recently participated in blogger James Preller’s “5 Questions” interview series, in which he interviews authors and illustrators on one of their recent books. In this case, Preller interviewed London Ladd on Frederick’s Journey, the biographical picture book written by Doreen Rappaport that London illustrated, which tells the life story of the famous abolitionist Frederick Douglass. James and London discussed London’s artistic process, diversity in children’s books, and London’s upcoming projects. London reveals details about his careful sketching process,d detailed research, and even the way that he works to understand a character by growing out his hair! Anyone who enjoys London’s work and wants to learn more about how he creates his beautiful paintings should make sure to check this detailed interview out. The full interview can be found on Preller’s blog here. Frederick’s Journey can be ordered online here.
Thunder Underground, written by Jane Yolen and illustrated by Josée Masse, is receiving a ton of great advance buzz, including a recent starred review from Publishers Weekly! Thunder Underground is a collection of factual and whimsical poems about the mysteries hidden underground, ranging from ant colonies to hidden treasure. Publishers Weekly writes, “Blending creativity with scientific fact, Yolen’s poems appeal to readers’ imaginations and intellects alike.” They praised Josée’s, “crisp, gently textured mixed-media illustrations.” Thunder Underground will be released in March, but until then, you can pre-order it online here.
There’s a great new review for Michael Slack‘s upcoming picture book, Turtle Tug to the Rescue. Part of his Elecopter and Monkey Truck series, Turtle Tug shows the brave turtle tug boat setting out to rescue animals on the sea when a storm hits. Booklist praises Slack’s rhyming narration and his illustrations, writing, “Slack’s rhyming lines grow more urgent with the change in weather, echoing the escalating chaos in the colorful, richly textured artwork.” They conclude that Turtle Tug is a “story that playfully emphasizes perseverance, bravery, and togetherness.” Turtle Tug will not be available to purchase until March, but you can pre-order it online here.
A new collection of poetry by Nikki Grimes, One Last Word: Wisdom from the Harlem Renaissance, re-examines great poetry from the Harlem Renaissance by combining it with her own poetry. The beautiful new picture book features art from modern African American illustrators – including our own Frank Morrison, Shadra Strickland, and Liz Zunon. One Last Word has just been released and is now available for purchase! One Last Word can be purchased online here.
The Children’s Book Council published a list of books it calls “Hot Off the Press,” a collection recently released and forthcoming picture books that they anticipate becoming bestsellers, and four of our authors/illustrators had books included on this list! In the Featured Books section is forthcoming The Legendary Miss Lena Horne, written by Carole Boston Weatherford and illustrated by Liz Zunon. The Legendary Miss Lena Horne tells the story of pioneering actress, singer, and civil rights activist Lena Horne. The picture book will be published later this month and can be pre-ordered online here. In the More Titles section is The Youngest Marcher, written by Cynthia Levinson and illustrated by Vanessa Brantley Newton. The Youngest Marcher is based on the true story of Audrey Faye, the youngest marcher to be arrested in the Birmingham civil rights protests. It comes out later this month and can be ordered online here. Also included in this section is Muhammad Ali: A Champion is Born, written by Gene Barretta and illustrated by Frank Morrison. Muhammad Ali is the story of how the famous heavyweight boxer first got his start in boxing. This picture book was released today! It can be ordered online here. Make sure to keep an eye on these […]
Muhammad Ali: A Champion is Born, written by Gene Barretta and illustrated by Frank Morrison, is out today! This new picture book tells the story of the heavyweight champion’s childhood and how he first began to box. The New York Journal of Books wrote an amazing review of Muhammad Ali, praising the story, illustrations, and interesting depiction of Ali before he began his career. They call the picture book, “lovely beyond words,” and praise Gene’s writing as “fast-paced, realistic, and touching on an elemental level.” Of Frank’s illustrations, they write, “Award-winning artist Frank Morrison handles the illustrations with dignity and flare…Morrison captures the very essence of what made Cassius ‘Ali.'” To read the whole review, follow this link to their site. You can order Muhammad Ali online here.