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Lend a Hand, illustrated by London Ladd

25 Jul 2014

lend a handLend a Hand Illust. by London Ladd Chosen as Action Book Club Selection

August 6, 2018

Congratulations to London Ladd, who illustrated Lend a Hand, which has been chosen as an Action Book Club Selection from the Little Free Library! The Action Book Club, a program of the Little Free Library nonprofit, combines reading with social engagement. In a twist on the traditional book club, the Action Book Club invites participants to read books on a particular theme, engage in lively discussions, and take part in meaningful group projects to benefit their communities. The Action Book Club offers book recommendations for adults, middle readers, and young readers, with a new theme announced twice a year. The theme that corresponds with Lend a Hand was “Everyday Heroes”. You can see the full list of books here and grab your copy of Lend a Hand here.

Lend A Hand Wins the IRA Social Justice Literacy Award

August 7, 2015

Lend A Hand, illustrated by London Ladd, was awarded the 2015 Social Justice Literacy Award by the International Reading Association. The Social Justice Literacy Award was created in 2013 to recognize books that “address social responsibility towards individuals, communities, societies, and/or the environment as well as invite reflection and socially responsible action by the reader.” Congratulations to London on this terrific honor!


Lend A Hand, illus. by London Ladd, Makes Delware Diamonds 2015-16

July 20, 2015

Lend a Hand, illustrated by London Ladd and written by John Frank, was selected for inclusion on the Delaware Diamonds 2015-2016 Titles 3-5 List.  The winners are voted on by students in Delaware. More information regarding the award program can be found on their website.

Congratulations London and John!

Lend a Hand Receives Two Great Reviews

June 2, 2015

Lend A Hand, written by John Frank and illustrated by London Ladd, recently received two great reviews from The Horn Book Guide and Minervareads.com.

The Horn Book wrote:

“In each free-verse poem, a child narrator recalls acting generously. Coupled with expansive, freeze-the-moment acrylic, colored-pencil, and pastel illustrations, frequent line breaks invite readers to move slowly through each poem and linger in the moments of kindness. Ladd’s art particularizes the diverse array of narrators, themes, and settings.”

The book was featured on the MinervaReads website as part of an article on poetry books for kids. Read the article “Poetry: It doesn’t have to be boring” here.


Lend A Hand Makes NCTE 2015 Notable Poetry List

April 16, 2015

Lend a Hand, written  by John Frank and illustrated by London Ladd, was included in the 2015 Notable Poetry List from National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE). “Each spread includes a poem with a beautiful color illustration portraying the act of kindness,” writes the reviewer of Lend a Hand. Congratulations London!

Visit the School Library Journal website to view the full list.


Lend a Hand Praised by Washington Parent Magazine

January 12, 2015
Lend a Hand, featuring London Ladd’s illustrations, was reviewed by Washington Parent Magazine in their “Mixed Media” newsletter. From the review: “The importance of unity and collective responsibility are vividly portrayed in these 14 free-verse poems and beautiful artwork…With its focus on young people engaged in small acts of kindness, this book makes for a perfect family read-aloud.” Read more here.

School Library Journal and Booklist praise Lend a Hand

July 25, 2014

New reviews are in for London Ladd‘s latest.  School Library Journal enjoyed the message the book conveyed and called Lend a Hand “a gentle book that will add value to any classroom or library collection.”


A reviewer for Booklist wrote: “Though perhaps not likely to spark changes in behavior on their own, in conjunction with home or classroom discussions about social responsibilities, waging peace, or bullying, these instances of individual and collective giving may serve as inspiring models.”


Rave review from Kirkus

June 9, 2014

Lend a Hand, written by John Frank and illustrated by London Ladd, will hit stores on July 1st, and has already received a glowing review from Kirkus. From the review: “Ranging from quiet, solitary acts such as writing a letter to a soldier stationed abroad to publicly cheering for the class klutz’s first hit at bat, these 14 free-verse poems and Ladd’s richly textured accompanying acrylic-and-pastel spreads show how easy and rewarding extending oneself can be.” To read more, click here.

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