Congrats to our illustrators Elizabeth Zunon and Vanessa Brantley-Newton for being featured on the CSMCL’s list of the best books of 2019! The CSMCL, the Center for the Study of Multicultural Children’s Literature, highlighted Zunon’s I Am Farmer and Brantley-Newton’s The King of Kindergarten. What an achievement! You can find the full list here.
Charnelle Pinkney Barlow‘s debut children’s book, Just Like A Mama, explores “the dynamics and different emotions that can arise” within an unconventional family. Charnelle spoke with Les Femmes Folles, an organization that aims to support and promote women in all forms. Charnelle discussed her passion for illustration and the inspiration behind the story. She said, “I hope that people are not only able to enjoy the book, but that they are able to see a piece of themselves within the story.” You can check out the full interview here! Just Like A Mama can be pre-ordered here. It hits shelves on January 14th!
Congrats to Frank Morrison for being featured on The Chicago Public Library’s “Best of the Best” list for 2019. CPL calls The Roots of Rap “one of the very best informational books published for kids in Kindergarten through 3rd grade.” You can check out the full list here!
The Secret Garden of George Washington Carver written by Gene Barretta and illustrated by Frank Morrison has received a starred review from Booklist! Booklist applauds the creators of this biography saying, “Barretta creates a strong impression of Carver’s delight in nature, drive to learn, and sense of purpose,” and “Morrison’s oil paintings reinforce those impressions with glorious scenes of the woodland garden.” Pre-order your copy here.
Congrats to Frank Morrison, Jaime Kim, and Sue Cornelison! The New York Public Library’s Best Books of 2019 list includes the Spanish language edition of Where Are You From, ¿De dónde eres?, the Spanish language edition of Mango Moon, La Luna Mango, and The Roots of Rap. A very special honor indeed!
Kirkus’ Best Picture Books of 2019 went live on Nov. 18th, and we were delighted to see that three of our illustrators’ books were included. The Best Informational Picture Books list celebrated The Roots of Rap illustrated by Frank Morrison; Where Are You From? illustrated by Jaime Kim was a Best Picture Book To Get Kids Thinking; and My Shoes and I illustrated by Fabricio Vanden Broeck was featured as a Best Picture Book About Small People in a Big World. We loved seeing our artists’ books among this wonderful selection, and send our congratulations to Frank, Jaime, and Fabricio, as well as the other authors and illustrators on the list!