Congratulations to Gerald Kelley, Josée Masse, and Frank Morrison, who each illustrated a book that appears on the Children’s Choices 2018 Reading List. This list is compiled based off of votes by 12,500 school children from all around the country, with the books being chosen from more than 800 titles. The list is designed for use by “anyone who wish to encourage young people to read for pleasure,” and is cosponsored by the International Literary Association and the Children’s Book Council. Kelley’s Please Please the Bees, Masse’s Thunder Underground and Morrison’s Clayton Byrd Goes Underground all appear on the list, with Thunder Underground being a finalist for the Children’s Choice Book Awards. Find the complete Children’s Choices 2018 Reading List here.
Don’t miss these exciting upcoming events with Michael Slack! Tomorrow, Friday May 4th from 6pm-6:30pm, Slack will be participating in a pajama party at Diesel Book Shop in Larkspur, CA. Kids are invited to put on their PJs and listen to Slack read them a bedtime story- he’ll even sign your copy of the book when it’s over! Click here for more info about this fun event. Additionally, on Saturday May 19th, Slack will be attending the Turn the Page Children’s Book Festival at Children’s Fairyland Oakland, CA, where children can meet the him and enjoy read-alouds and art activities with their favorite picture book authors and illustrators. Click here for more information.
Arlene’s Artist Materials store will open a unique exhibition featuring work done by Albany artist and illustrator Elizabeth Zunon on May 3rd to May 26th in their newly christened R Gallery. Elizabeth will be displaying original book illustrations and oil portraits- in her favorite art supply store for materials that make her artwork come to life! Opening reception is tomorrow, May 3 from 5:30-7:30pm. Here’s a Facebook link to the event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1766977849989087/
The wait is over! You can now purchase the adorable picture book I Am a Bird, written by Dana Walrath and illustrated by Jaime Kim. Released yesterday, this book celebrates the bonds between fathers, sons, and nature. A father and son spend a day at the beach, exploring connections and relationships between themselves and the nature that surrounds them in this poetic picture book debut. Get your copy of I Am a Bird here.
Happy book birthday to the Lily D V.A.P. series, written by Madeleine West and illustrated by Joanie Stone! Lily D is a very busy girl. She does ballet on Mondays, tap on Tuesdays, acrobatics on Wednesdays, singing on Thursdays, and drama on Fridays. But drama is her absolute favorite. It’s Lily’s dream to become a performance artist when she grows up and thinks of herself as a VAP (a Very Amazing Performer). Lily understands that success requires hard work and respect, neither of which can be achieved overnight. In each book in the series Lily ‘goes method’ to inhabit a theatrical character and learns something about the lives of others and her own along the way. Grab your copies of this charming series here!
Congratulations to Ashley Spires, whose picture book The Thing Lou Couldn’t Do has been selected for the Bank Street College’s Best Children’s Books of the Year 2018 list in the Age 5-9 category! This delightful picture book teaches young kids about courage and resilience, with endearing artwork and laughs along the way. Check out the full Age 5-9 list list here and all categories here.