Starstruck, an upcoming picture-book biography of Neil DeGrasse Tyson, has received a stellar review from Publishers Weekly ahead of its October 9th release. Illustrated by Frank Morrison, the inspirational book reveals how one boy’s quest for knowledge about space leads him to become a star scientist. The review notes that “Morrison works in a playful art style that expressively conveys Tyson’s personality and physical likeness” and remarks that the book “captures its subject’s relatability, natural curiosity, and infectious enthusiasm for science.” Read the full review here and pre-order your copy of Starstruck here.
Vanessa Brantley Newton‘s newest picture book, Grandma’s Purse, has made it onto Colorado Parent’s “22 Books that Celebrate Grandparents” list. The books on this list were all recommended by local librarians and book experts, and were compiled just in time for National Grandparents Day on September 9th. The list’s preface encourages us to “honor the wisdom, differences, and connections to the older generation,” and Grandma’s Purse definitely does just that, through Grandma Mimi’s special connection with her granddaughter. “Grandma Mimi’s purse is an endless source of fascination for a young girl in this colorful ode to the comforting magic of grandmas,” says Denver Public Library children’s librarian Amy Forrester. You can view the full list of books here and grab your copy of Grandma’s Purse here.
Congratulations to Sarah Dillard, author and illustrator of the upcoming picture book I Wish It Would Snow!, on receiving a stellar review from Kirkus Review. This sweet seasonal story tells the tale of a charismatic brown bunny in a red turtleneck who wishes that it would snow. When his wish finally comes true, the excited bunny only enjoys it momentarily, quickly becoming exasperated at what appears to be too much snow. So it is back to square one, wishing and pleading for the snow to cease. Kirkus Review notes that this cycle of wishing, momentary enjoyment, and wishing for something else acts as a “mirror” of the young readers who will enjoy the book, and “the exuberant characterization, easy-to-read expressions, and limited text make it just right for their short attention spans.” The review also remarks that “sharp-eyed readers will enjoy watching the body language of a purple bird as the bunny expresses their wishes,” and champions that the message of “satisfaction and contentment in the present” also shines through. You can read the full review and pre-order your copy of I Wish It Would Snow! here.
Congratulations to London Ladd, who illustrated Lend a Hand, which has been chosen as an Action Book Club Selection from the Little Free Library! The Action Book Club, a program of the Little Free Library nonprofit, combines reading with social engagement. In a twist on the traditional book club, the Action Book Club invites participants to read books on a particular theme, engage in lively discussions, and take part in meaningful group projects to benefit their communities. The Action Book Club offers book recommendations for adults, middle readers, and young readers, with a new theme announced twice a year. The theme that corresponds with Lend a Hand was “Everyday Heroes”. You can see the full list of books here and grab your copy of Lend a Hand here.
Congratulations to Josée Masse, who illustrated Thunder Underground, which is included in a column entitled “Children’s Literature Reviews: 2017 Notable Poetry Books for Children” that appears in the July issue of the NCTE journal, Language Arts. While inclusion on this list is an honor in itself, there’s also a lovely description of the book provided, which highlights Masse’s artistic contribution to the project. The author remarks that “Josée Masse’s mixed-media illustrations offer a visual adventure, including colorful cross-sections of what lies underground. Notably, Masse chooses to feature a boy and girl of different races across most of the scenes in this poetic journey.” Featuring poetry by Jane Yolen, this picture book takes young readers on an unforgettable expedition you won’t want to miss out on. Read the full column here and purchase your copy of Thunder Underground here.
Happy book birthday to Ashley Spires, who illustrated the delightful bedtime story Go To Sleep, Little Creep, which is released today. Debut storyteller David B. Quinn and Painted Words artist Ashley Spires have joined forces to create an adorably charming, funny picture book that is sure to charm little creeps who aren’t quite ready to fall asleep. From werewolves to mummies, Go To Sleep, Little Creep presents the night time routine of tucking little monsters into bed, full of humor and heart. Grab your copy of Go To Sleep, Little Creep here today!