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A glowing review from Shelf Awareness for Big Apple Diaries by Alyssa Bermudez

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Shelf Awareness calls Big Apple Diaries (Roaring Brook) by Alyssa Bermudez  “a playfully illustrated graphic memoir that takes the form of journal entries by Bermudez’s instantly empathetic middle-school self as she navigates tweenhood and the tragedy of 9/11.”

The review goes on to say  “Big Apple Diaries is a beautiful snapshot of preteen life.”

Read the full review here

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Remember to Dream, Ebere, illustrated by Charnelle Pinkney Barlow, featured on CBS This Morning

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In an interview on CBS This Morning, Cynthia Erivo discussed her new album, and her new children’s book Remember to Dream, Ebere (Little Brown), illustrated by Charnelle Pinkney Barlow.

The book will be on sale September 28.

See the full interview here

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A Star from Publishers Weekly for Carla and the Christmas Cornbread, illustrated by Cherise Harris

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In a starred review of Carla and the Christmas Cornbread (Simon & Schuster by Carla Hall, illustrated by Cherise Harris, Publishers Weekly says:

In warm, vintage-toned acrylic inks and digital art, Harris beautifully renders the nuances of Christmas in a close-knit Black family, from taking off shoes at the door to foam rollers adorning the girls’ hair as they lay down to sleep, in this gift of a book.

Read the full review here

The book will be published November 2. Pre-order it here

Elisa Chavarri to take part in a panel discussion at the Los Angeles Libros Festival

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In celebration of Latinx Heritage Month, The Los Angeles Library will be hosting a panel discussion with  award-winning illustrators and authors Isol, Rafael Lopez and Elisa Chavarri. They will show us how to draw one of their characters and talk about their illustrations and the stories behind them.

This L.A. Libros Fest event will be streamed live on Facebook and YouTube.

Learn more here

Alyssa Bermudez reflects on September 11 and Big Apple Diaries on the BBC

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In a BBC spot about the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks,  Alyssa Bermudez, author and illustrator of  Big Apple Diaries (Roaring Brook Press) reflects on her personal memories of September 11 and discusses writing and illustrating her graphic novel memoir.

See the interview here

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Michael Slack art on display at the ToyRoom Gallery in Sacremento!

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Michael Slack has three new drawings in a group show called, ARTDORKS: Socially Distanced (As Usual) at The ToyRoom Gallery in Sacramento.

There will be opening receptions 9/17/21 and 9/18/20 7-11pm. The show will run through 11/13/21.

 

 

 

Several Painted Words Artists included on The Best Children’s Books of the Year 2021 list by Bank Street College of Education

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Bank Street College of Education has just released their Best Children’s Books of the Year list for 2021.

The under 5 category includes:

Bedtime for Sweet Creatures  (Sourcebooks/Jabberwocky) by Nikki Grimes, illustrated by Elizabeth Zunon

Federico and the Wolf  (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) by Rebecca J. Gomez, illustrated by Elisa Chavarri

Friday Night Wrestlefest (Roaring Brook) by J. F. Fox, illustrated by Micah Player

Welcome to Your World (Candlewick) by Smriti Prasadam-Halls, illustrated by Jaime Kim

 

5-9

Just Like Me (Knopf BFYR) by Vanessa Brantley Newton

 

9-12

Above the Rim (Abrams) by Jen Bryant, illustrated by Frank Morrison

Sharuko (Lee & Low) by Monica Brown, illustrated by Elisa Chavarri

Congratulations Everyone!

You can see the full list here

The Kid’s Book Choice Awards Nominations are in and Painted Words represents!

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Several Painted Words artists are represented in the Kid’s Book Choice Awards nominations! Initial voting is open for the Children’s Book Council’s 2021 Kids Book Choice Awards! Kids ages 3-18 can vote for the nominated Painted Words titles below in their respective categories here.

This round of voting, concluding on September 8th, will determine finalists for each category,with the ultimate round of voting occurring from late-September to November 14th.

 

Best Picture Book Duo

Respect (Simon & Schuster) by Carol Boston Weatherford, illustrated by Frank Morrison

I Got the School Spirit (Bloomsbury) by Connie Schofield-Morrison, illustrated by Frank Morrison

Favorite Early Reader Series

Arlo & Pips (HarperCollins) by Elise Gravel

Favorite Picture Book Page

Above the Rim (Abrams) illustrated by Frank Morrison

Bedtime for Sweet Creatures (Sourcebooks/Jabberwocky) by Nikki Grimes, illustrated by Elizabeth Zunon

For Beautiful Black Boys (Flyaway Books) by Michael W. Waters, illustrated by Keisha Morris

Just Like Me (Penguin Random House) by Vanessa Brantley Newton

Favorite Characters

Bedtime for Sweet Creatures (Sourcebooks/Jabberwocky) by Nikki Grimes, illustrated by Elizabeth Zunon

For Beautiful Black Boys (Flyaway Books) by Michael W. Waters, illustrated by Keisha Morris

I Got the School Spirit (Bloomsbury) by Connie Schofield-Morrison, illustrated by Frank Morrison

 

My School Stinks!, illustrated by Julia Patton and The King of Kindergarten, illustrated by Vanessa Brantley Newton are on the Today Show’s List of Back-to-School Books!

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The King of Kindergarten (Penguin Random House), by Derrick Barnes, illustrated by Vanessa Brantley Newton and My School Stinks! (Philomel) by Becky Scharnhorst, illustrated by Julia Patton have been named to the Today Show’s List of 21 Back-to-School books for kids to calm first day jitters. Congratulations Julia and Vanessa!

See the full list here

Get My School Stinks! here

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My School Stinks, illustrated by Julia Patton and Becoming Vanessa by Vanessa Brantley Newton are Amazon Back-to-School Picks! are an Amazon Back to School Pick!

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Becoming Vanessa (Knopf BFYR) by Vanessa Brantley Newton and , (Philomel) by Becky Scharnhorst, illustrated by Julia Patton have been included on Amazon’s list of best back-to-school books for kids! Congratulations Vanessa and Julia!

See the full list here

Get Becoming Vanessa here

Get My School Stinks here