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Sarah Hwang’s Toasty gets a star from School Library Journal and the New York Times calls it a stellar debut!

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“Toasty”(Holiday House) is featured in a New York Time’s article titled “8 Picture Books about Imagination and Identity”.  In the article, Jennifer Krauss commends author and illustrator Sarah Hwang for her “smart, subtle yet laugh out loud wit”, and calls her “a young author to watch”!

Meanwhile in a starred review, School Library Journal says that Toasty’s tale is as uplifting as the come!

Read the full New York Times article here

Read the School Library Journal review here

Pre-order Toasty here

Vanessa Brantley Newton featured in Johnson & Johnson Parent’s Guide to Discussing Racism with Kids

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Adweek reports that Johson & Johnson and Some Spiders Studio have teamed up to create a video titled “Mommy & Me and Daddy Too” to help parents navigate the conversation about racism in a way that is accessable to young audiences. The video features an arts and crafts break with Vanessa Brantley Newton.

See the article and video here

Sharuko, Just Like Mama and Bedtime for Sweet Creatures named to the CCBC Choices List!

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Sharuko (Lee & Low) by Monica Brown, illustrated by Elisa Chavarri, Bedtime for Sweet Creatures, (Jabberwocky/Source Books) by Nikki Grimes, illustrated by Elizabeth Zunon and Just Like Mama (Simon & Schuster) by Alice Faye Duncan, illustrated by Charnelle Pinkney Barlow, have been named to the CCBC Choices best-of-the-year list. This list is created annually by the librarians of the Cooperative Children’s Book Center. See the full list here

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Kirkus raves about When My Cousins Come to Town, illustrated by Keisha Morris

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Kirkus calls When My Cousins Come to Town (West Margin Press) by Angela Shante and illustrated by Keisha Morris “An adorable book about being true to yourself and the joys of family, especially cousins.”  The book will be published May 4, 2021.

Read the full review here

Pre-order the book here

Leanin’ Tree Releases New Greeting Cards from Vanessa B. Newton!

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Vanessa Brantley Newton has a new series of greeting cards with Leanin’ Tree!  Spread smiles and joy by sharing Vanessa’s bright, cheerful artwork. You can find the current releases online here.

Publishers Weekly eats up Sarah Hwang’s Toasty

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In a review of Toasty (Holiday House) by Sarah Hwang, Publishers Weekly says “Newcomer Hwang’s quirky plot has the meandering joy of a small child’s storytelling logic, while acrylic paint, colored-pencil, and digital pictures give the triumphant Toasty a sketchbook immediacy as he engages in doggy doings.”

Read the full review here

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Secrets of the Sea illustrator Joanie Stone is featured in Simply 7 interview

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Joanie Stone, illustrator of Secrets of the Sea (Clarion) is interviewed on Jena Benton’s blog, along with the book’s author Evan Griffith.

Read the interview here

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Rave review for Jamie Kiffel-Alcheh’s Matzah Craze

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The Sydney Taylor Schmooze blog says of Jamie Kiffel-Alcheh’s book “Matzah Craze” (Kar-Ben)

“It’s nice to see a Jewish picture book that depicts reality for Jewish children who attend public school, rather than Jewish day schools. All of the information about the holiday and the illustrations reflect the actual rules and story from the Torah.”

The Sydney Taylor Shmooze is a project of the Association of Jewish Libraries (AJL).

Read the full review here

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Join Kathryn Thurman for a Zoom Event March 26 with Seattle’s Third Place Books

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Kathryn Thurman will be doing a virtual Zoom event on March 26th @ 5pm with Third Place Books in Seattle with four amazing PNW authors. (Dana Sullivan, (Dead Max Series), Jing Jing Song, Trudi Truet, (Explorer Series) and Barbara Davis Pyles.
The event will be geared towards kids. The authors will  be sharing the backstory and creative process of their most recent book and a few strategies that have helped us stay creative during covid. There will also be raffle prizes.
Register for the event here
Get Kathryn’s book “The Biggest Thing of All” (Upside Down Books) here

Just Like Me by Vanessa Brantley-Newton honored by the Kansas National Education Association

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Just Like Me” (Penguin Random House) by Vanessa Brantley-Newton has been selected as a “recommended title” by the Kansas National Education Association’s Reading Circle Commission.

Congratulations Vanessa!

You can get the book here