Brittany Jackson has illustrated new middle grade novel from NBA superstar and New York Times bestselling author LeBron James and Andrea Williams! We are Family (HarperCollins) is inspiring, original middle grade story from NBA superstar LeBron James and Andrea Williams that channels the many relatable challenges so many young kids face. The book will be on sale August 31, 2021. See more about the book here
Off to the Sea (Sourcebooks/Jabberwocky) by Nikki Grimes, illustrated by Elizabeth Zunon is featured in a New York Times article 8 Picture Books That Celebrate the Joys of Life. The article says: “Bath time is full of magic!” a mother coos to her daughter as she switches on a “roaring waterfall.” Zunon, who grew up on the Ivory Coast and collaborated with Grimes on “Bedtime for Sweet Creatures,” infuses this daily ritual with tropical texture. The multihued seawater of her gorgeous endpapers — undulating waves collaged from what look like patterned fabrics, mottled stone and tile — contains both earth and sky. Read the full article here Get the book here
Sarah Dillard’s latest picture book, BLUEBERRY CAKE, has received a glowing Starred Review from Kirkus, which calls it “a thoroughly delicious (and practically wordless) charmer.” The reviewer writes, “Tapping into the enthusiasm of small children and infused with a laconic humor, this book is bound to prove a rollicking read-aloud for all that it has a minimal text that mostly consists of repetition of the critical words: blueberry cake and blueberries.” BLUEBERRY CAKE will be published by Aladdin Books/Simon & Schuster on July 13th. You can pre-order your copy here: Barnes & Noble Indie Bound Bookshop
Art from Huy Voun Lee‘s new picture book Like a Dandelion (HarperCollins) is included in the Eric Carle Museum’s new exhibition Asians, Everyday. Lee is one of the 26 featured artists in the online exhibition. Curated by Grace Lin, Asians, Everyday, showcases positive Asian American stories and representation in contemporary picture books. Learn more about the exhibition here Get Like a Dandelion here
Becoming Vanessa (Knopf BYFR) by Vanessa Brantley-Newton has been selected by the American Booksellers Association for the May/June 2021 Kid’s Indie Next List. For readers of Alma and How She Got Her Name and The King of Kindergarten, this story will help kids just starting school transform from timid caterpillars into beautiful butterflies so they can love who they are. Becoming Vanessa will be released June 15, 2021. Congratulations Vanessa! See the full list here Pre-order the book here
London Ladd’s mixed media piece Celestial Africanism has been selected by a nationally representative jury of distinguished designers, art directors and illustrators to appear in the Communication Arts 2021 Illustration Annual. Congratulations London!