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Just Like A Mama and The Secret Garden of George Washington Carver nominated for an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Children’s Literary Work

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There Goes Patti McGee! illustrated by Erica Medina is an Amazon Best Book for February!

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There Goes Patti McGee! (Macmillan) by Tootie Nienow, illustrated by Erika Medina, has been chosen as an Amazon Best Book of the Month for February. The book is an uplifting picture book biography of the first-ever professional female skateboarder and winner of the 1964 National Skateboard Championship for Women.

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Charnelle Pinkney Barlow is participating in the 29th annual African American Children’s Book Fair!

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Charnelle Pinkney Barlow will be participating in the 29th Annual African American Children’s Book Fair.

The fair will be held virtually on Saturday, February 6, 2021, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. EST. Hosted by the African American Children’s Book Project (AACBP), the book fair is one of the oldest and largest single-day events for children’s books in the country.

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Sharuko and Above the Rim on the ALA Notable Children’s Books List

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Above The Rim (Abrams) by Jen Bryant, illustrated by Frank Morrison, and Sharuko (Lee & Low) by Monica Brown, illustrated by Elisa Chavarri, have both been recognized as ALA Notable Children’s Books for 2021.

Each year a committee of the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) identifies the best of the best in children’s books. According to the Notables Criteria, “notable” is defined as: Worthy of note or notice, important, distinguished, outstanding. As applied to children’s books, notable should be thought to include books of especially commendable quality, books that exhibit venturesome creativity, and books of fiction, information, poetry and pictures for all age levels (birth through age 14) that reflect and encourage children’s interests in exemplary ways.

Congratulations Frank and Elisa!

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Sharuko makes Bank Street Best Children’s Picture Books of the Year in Spanish 2021 List

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More accolades for Sharuko (Lee & Low) by Monica Brown, illustrated by Elisa Chavarri ! The book is on the Bank Street Best Children’s Picture Books of the Year in Spanish 2021 List!

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One Step Further illustrated by Charnelle Pinkney Barlow is published by National Geographic Kids!

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One Step Further; My Story of Math, the Moon and a Lifelong Mission, (National Geographic Kids) by Katherine Johnson, and her daughters Joylette Hylick and Katherine Moore, illustrated by Charnelle Pinkney Barlow was published January 26, 2021. This inspirational picture book reveals what is was like for a young black mother of three to navigate the difficult world of the 1950s and ’60s, and succeed in an unwelcoming industry to become one of the now legendary ”hidden figures” of NASA computing and space research. Congratulations Charnelle!

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Perennial favorite Dear Deer by Gene Barretta, is an Amazon Teacher’s Pick!

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Dear Deer (Henry Holt) by Gene Barretta is an Amazon Teacher’s Pick for beginning readers! This playful picture book introduces children to the richness of language through the concept of homophones. A romp through the zoo has never been so eye-opening.

Congratulations Gene!

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Elisa Chavarri wins Belpre Illustrator Honor

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Sharuko: El Arqueólogo Peruano/Peruvian Archaeologist Julio C. Tello,”(Lee & Low) illustrated by Elisa Chavarri, written by Monica Brown has been named a Belpré Illustrator Honor Book by the American Library Association. The Pura Belpré Awards honor a Latinx writer and illustrator whose children’s books best portray, affirm and celebrate the Latino cultural experience. Congratulations Elisa!

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Congratulations to Frank Morrison- winner of the Coretta Scott King (Illustrator) Book Award

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The American Library Association has awarded the Coretta Scott King (Illustrator) Book Award to R-E-S-P-E-C-T  (Simon & Schuster) by Carole Boston Weatherford, illustrated by Frank Morrison. The Coretta Scott King awards recognize African American authors and illustrators of outstanding books for children and young adults. Congratulations Frank!

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The Aquanaut , illustrated by Jaime Kim, is getting rave reviews!

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The Aquanaut (Tundra Books) by Jill Heinerth, illustrated by Jaime Kim was released on January 19 2021 and is already garnering accolades.

Scuba News says Jaime Kim’s luminous art transports readers back and forth through time to see how Jill’s imagination as a young girl laid the pathway to her accomplishments and experiences as an underwater explorer.

Mutually Inclusive Books says “The illustrations in this book are absolute perfection! Somehow Jaime Kim perfectly captures the comparisons of Young Jill’s dreams and Adult Jill’s achievements, while simultaneously creating the perfect calming atmosphere for young readers to reflect on their own dreams. It’s genius!”

Also of interest is the author’s article in Canadian Graphic.

Congratulations Jaime!

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