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.
Since its publication in September of 2018, Michael Slack‘s innovative board book, HOUSE, has been garnering praise for its unique, versatile packaging and trendy, minimalist art style. The blog Fab Book Reviews included the title on their Board Book Look post, praising its “clean, simple text and vibrant artwork.” It was included in Better Homes & Gardens magazine on a gift list for “Kids & the Young at Heart.” Most recently, praise for HOUSE can be found in the New York Times, in an article titled “Board Books That Let Toddlers Join the Action.” Here, the reviewer admires the “groovy 1960s look of the cover” and remarks that ” it’s the ideal kind of kid-design, smartly conceived to appeal to and engage little readers.” You can buy your copy of this neat book set here.
Congratulations to Jaime Kim, whose personal work has been accepted into the Society of Illustrators’ Annual Exhibition 61! The list showcases exemplary artwork from illustrators around the world, chosen from thousands of entries considered by a jury of professionals, which include renowned illustrators, art directors and designers. You can view the full list of the SOI 61 Exhibit here.
Recently released from Candlewick, Isle of You by David LaRochelle, illustrated by Jaime Kim, is a visually stunning story that aims to boost self-esteem in kids. This uplifting story is described in Publishers Weekly as “the picture book equivalent of a guided visualization,” and a “calming sojourn.” Also remarked upon is the incredible world that Kim has created, a “fantasyland bathed in light that gradually shifts from soft yellows and pinks to deep blues and purples.” You can read the full review here and buy your copy of the book here.
Ahead of its release, Sheep Dog and Sheep Sheep by Eric Barclay has received a great review from Publishers Weekly. The review remarks upon the “lovable” sheepdog character, and mentions the “giggle-inducing word choices” and “sweet friendship” that is portrayed. This charming story about a blossoming, unlikely animal friendship is a highly anticipated title, which will be available February 12, 2019. You can read the full review here, and pre-order your copy of Sheep Dog and Sheep Sheep here.
Congratulations to Beth Mills, who was chosen as the winner of the 2018 SCBWI Narrative Art Award! This year’s assignment was to show sequence and narrative for the theme “misunderstood monster.” A note from the judges: We chose Beth’s story of bad Nordic neighbors for its original take on the assignment, for its effective three-panel creation of an interesting emotional arc, and for its compact and natural-feeling way of conveying story elements by purely visual means. You can read more about the annual award here and view the online gallery of submissions here.