Publisher’s Weekly recently compiled a list of new and upcoming books, published between 2016 and 2017, that are focused on African American issues. Focusing on historical events and famous figures, as well as current events or African American characters, these are great books for African American young readers and for everyone. Included on this list is the forthcoming Muhammad Ali: A Champion is Born, written by Gene Barretta and illustrated by Frank Morrison, and The Legendary Miss Lena Horne, written by Carole Boston Weatherford and illustrated by Liz Zunon. These picture books will both be released in January of 2017. You can pre-order Muhammad Ali here and Miss Lena Horne here.
The Toronto Public Library released a First and Best 2016 list, naming the books they thought were the best Canadian books of the year. Included in this list were their Top Ten Picks for Kids Under Five. Two of the books to make this list were Lila and the Crow, by Gabrielle Grimard, and The Toad, by Elise Gravel. Congratulations, Elise and Gabrielle! Make sure to check out these First and Best books! You can purchase Lila and the Crow here and The Toad here.
The New York Public Library recently released their list of the best books of 2016 for teens and kids. They chose 100 books in various categories for kids, and 50 for teens. Two of Painted Words’s authors/illustrators made it to that list! In the nonfiction category was included Lincoln and Kennedy: A Pair to Compare by Gene Barretta. Echo, Echo: Reverso Poems About Greek Myths, written by Marilyn Singer and illustrated by Josée Masse, was included in the poetry category. Congratulations, Gene and Josée! The entire list of books can be found on the NYPL’s site here. You can purchase Lincoln and Kennedy here and Echo, Echo here.
Betsy Thompson‘s newest picture book, Sunrise, Moonrise, published by Simon and Schuster, is now available for purchase! This poetic picture book depicts the passing of time and the different animals that can be seen at different times with bold, colorful artwork in Betsy’s unique style. You can find Sunrise, Moonrise in your local bookstore or purchase it online here.
The School Library Journal recently released their list of the best books of 2016, and Echo Echo: Reverso Poems About Greek Myths, written by Marilyn Singer and illustrated by Josée Masse, made the list in the nonfiction section. Echo Echo retells classic Greek myths using the poetic format called reverso poems. Only 66 books were chosen this year to be included on the SLJ’s best of the year list. Congratulations, Josée and Marilyn! You can check out all the books chosen by the SLJ here. Echo Echo can be purchased online here.
Coming out in March 2017, If You Were the Moon, written by Laura Purdie Salas and illustrated by Jaime Kim, is a poetic and scientific exploration of all the things the moon does for the Earth and for humans. To ensure accuracy, it was even reviewed by a real astrophysicist! In their review, Kirkus called If You Were the Moon “inventive and spirited.” They write of Jaime’s art that, “Each illustration is tinged with starlight, making the book a pleasant nighttime read,” and conclude that, “Salas and Kim provide a great addition to a nighttime-window reading shelf and/or early-science classroom.” You can order If You Were the Moon online here!