One little bunny had a big year! A Day In the Life of Marlon Bundo (Chronicle), illustrated by EG Keller made the #3 spot for the top selling hardback children’s books of 2018! 544,475 copies – over half a million! – were sold. Proceeds from book sales are donated to the Trevor Project, a suicide hotline for LGBTQ youth, and the AIDS charity AIDS United. Click here to order your copy of A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo.
Congratulations to Frank Morrison, illustrator of Let the Children March, which was chosen as a 2019 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Book. Recipients of Coretta Scott King Awards and Honors are “outstanding African American authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults that demonstrate an appreciation of African American culture and universal human values. The award commemorates the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and honors his wife, Mrs. Coretta Scott King, for her courage and determination to continue the work for peace and world brotherhood.” You can view the full list of award recipients and honorees here and get your copy of Let the Children March here.
If you’re in Denver, CO on February 19th, you definitely don’t want to miss this exciting event. New York Times best selling illustrator, EG Keller, will be participating in an event where you can join him as he shares a live demonstration of his digital illustration process. The event will take place at BookBar from 6-8PM MST. Click here for more information, and to purchase tickets.
Vanessa Brantley Newton was featured front and center on the first CBC (Children’s Book Council) Diversity newsletter of the year, with a brilliant spotlight interview. In it, she discussed the inspiration behind her recent picture book Grandma’s Purse, as well as her process and what she feels readers should take away from the story. Vanessa highlights the “the joy and preciousness of the grandparent and grandchild relationship” and insists that “grandparents are not just old people,” encouraging young people to cherish their time with their elders as she did with her own grandmother. You can get your copy of the charming Grandma’s Purse here.
Betsy Snyder‘s charming I Can Dream interactive board book appears on The Children’s Book Review’s Best Board Books of 2018 List. This book offers kids the chance to help a firefighter, astronaut, artist and more to achieve their dreams. You can view the full list and grab your own copy of I Can Dream here.
Each year, Elizabeth Bird of Fuse8, a School Library Journal blog, puts together 31 Lists of Children’s books from the year that fit into different categories. Elise Gravel‘s The Mushroom Fan Club has made it onto the Oddest Children’s Books of 2018 list. Bird clarifies that “odd” is not a bad thing at all, but rather outside the norm and daring. You can read the full list of odd children’s books here.