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The King of Kindergarten is a NY Times Bestseller!

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The King of Kindergarten, illustrated by Vanessa Brantley Newton and written by Derrick Barnes, hit the NY Times Bestseller List at #7 in its first week out.  The accolades are pouring in…

-Featured in the NY Times “Back-to-School Picture Books to Brighten Any Kid’s First Day”

-Starred Reviews from Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal, and The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

-Picked as an Amazon Best Book of the Month for July, Ages 3-5

-Today.com included THE KING OF KINDERGARTEN in a roundup of books to calm back-to-school jitters

-Bookish included THE KING OF KINDERGARTEN in a roundup of Summer’s must reads

-B&N Kids Blog included THE KING OF KINDERGARTEN in a roundup of picture books for back to school

-Common Sense Media gave THE KING OF KINDERGARTEN a five starred review

Mama’s Work Shoes, illus. by Vanessa B. Newton, Receives Glowing Reviews

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Advanced praise is in for Mama’s Work Shoes, illustrated by Vanessa Brantley Newton.

Kirkus praises Brantley Newton’s illustrations: “Brantley-Newton’s collaged depictions of a middle-class, rambunctious, mixed-race child, her exuberant single mother, and the vivacious Nan (both women of color) are bright and dynamic.”

Publishers Weekly writes: “Levis skillfully relates the push-and-pull negotiations between a young child and a parent returning to work, and Brantley-Newton’s digital artwork renders the related range of emotional expression.”

And from Booklist: “It’s a clever approach to the common experience of separation anxiety…Brantley-Newton’s charcoal pencil drawings, digitally colored and collaged with handmade, vintage, and scrapbook paper, produce warm, vibrant images that keep the story upbeat.”


The book is out September 3rd from Abrams. You can pre-order your copy here.

Once Upon a Goat, illus. by Eric Barclay, Makes Kids’ Indie Next List and Amazon Best Books of August

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Once Upon a Goat, illustrated by Eric Barclay and released on August 27th, has received exciting praise. The book is an Amazon Best Book of the Month: Ages 3-5, and was selected as a Fall 2019 Kids’ Indie Next List book!

From the Kids’ Indie Next List: “This is an adorable, funny, and heartwarming story of a king and queen who are wishing for a baby. Their fairy godmother wants specifics, so they tell her, ‘Any kid will do!’ But when they look on their doorstep on the next full moon, they are surprised to see a different type of ‘kid’…a fuzzy baby goat! A clever story with the most charming illustrations, this is a must for any reader’s bookshelf!”
— Amanda Zirn Hudson, Bethany Beach Books, Bethany Beach, DE

Get your copy here.

Elizabeth Zunon’s Grandpa Cacao Featured in NY Times

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The New York Times Book Review included Elizabeth Zunon’s debut author-illustrated picture book, Grandpa Cacao: A Tale of Chocolate from Farm to Family, in its roundup of  “Picture Books to Perk Up Any Kid’s Summer.”

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NY Times Features Nugget and Fang Go to School and The King of Kindergarten

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In “Back-to-School Picture Books to Brighten Any Kid’s First Day,” children’s book critic Maria Russo features a list of wonderful new titles to usher in the school year. Among them are The King of Kindergarten, illustrated by Vanessa Brantley Newton, and Nugget & Fang Go to School, illustrated by Michael Slack.  Of The King of Kindergarten she writes, “This is a king whose power comes from self-respect and kindness toward all the members of his diverse classroom, and it doesn’t hurt that Brantley-Newton makes him and his classmates drop-dead adorable.”  Russo commends the Nugget & Fang sequel, writing, “Sauer (“Quiet Wyatt”) and Slack (“Shorty and Clem”) keep up the laughs, and the reassurance.”

Buy your copies of Nugget & Fang Go to School here and The King of Kindergarten here.

Eric Barclay’s Latest Book, Once Upon a Goat, Draws Attention From Booklist and Kirkus Reviews!

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Once Upon a Goat illustrated by Eric Barclay has received two glowing reviews from Booklist and Kirkus Reviews! Coming out August 27th this story is about a royal family wishing for a kid. When the Queen and King tell their fairy godmother that anything will do, they end up with quite a surprising bundle of joy – a goat! Booklist says “Barclay uses composition effectively to frame the story and draw attention to certain elements. And Kirkus says “the austere lines of the palace contrast amusingly with the chaos brought by the goat child.”




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Nugget and Fang Go to School, Illustrated by Michael Slack Earns Glowing Reviews from Kirkus!

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Nugget and Fang are back! Nugget and Fang Go To School illustrated by Michael Slack is out now and has received praise from Kirkus.  The book takes a journey through Nugget and Fang’s first day of school and the obstacles and anxiety Fang faces. Kirkus says the illustrations are “bright and colorful” and “Slack deftly portrays Fang’s every emotion”. “Readers will no doubt feel empathetic” for the relatable struggles Fang deals with. Kids will definitely love this Fang-tastic book!



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Me and the Sky Illustrated by Joanie Stone, Receives Praise!

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Joanie Stone’s debut illustrated picture book, Me and the Sky, (out September 10th!) has already received excellent reviews from Kirkus and Booklist. This biography on Beverly Bass, the first female co-pilot of American Airlines and the inspiration for the character in the Broadway musical Come From Away, is a story of determination and passion. Kirkus says Stone’s “retro, cartoonish illustrations…evoke spirited enthusiasm” and her art is inspiring and well done because it “embraces people of color as well as of various ages”. And with Booklist calling her drawings “bright and optimistic” this book is sure to elevate anyone’s spirit!

Pre-order the book today!

Read the full Booklist Review here

Read the full Kirkus Review here

Elizabeth Zunon Will Be Sharing Her New Book, Grandpa Cacao, At The Cocobar In Schenectady, NY!

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On Saturday June 29 from 1-3pm, Elizabeth Zunon will be in The Cocobar in Schenectady, NY for a Chocolate Party to promote her new book, Grandpa Cacao. It will be a story-time and feast of chocolate treats, where you can also buy copies of her book. The Chocolate Party is the latest in a month of fantastic events celebrating the release of Grandpa Cacao!

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My Shoes and I Illustrated by Fabricio Vanden Broeck, Receives Star From Kirkus

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It’s back! My Shoes and I written by Rene Colato Lainez and illustrated by Fabricio Vanden Broeck has received a Starred review from Kirkus for its new bilingual version due to come out May 31st 2019. Kirkus praises the thoughtful artwork, writing “Brush-stroked spreads depicting various landscapes—lush, green scenes, muddy trails, mountains, cities, the river—are reminiscent of Central American artwork often depicted on murals, souvenir trinkets, or postcards. Not until the last spread does Vanden Broeck finally unveil René’s smiling face in its entirety.”

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