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This month’s EW Illustrator Highlight featured illustrations by
Nora Hilb, Luciana Navarro Powell, Chris Gorman, Ron Barrett, Shiho Pate, and Gianna Marino.
And, in case you missed it, our Holiday EW Illustrator Highlight featured illustrations by
Mehrdokht Amini, Z. B. Asterplume, Heather Brockman Lee, Megan Myers, Dow Phumiruk, and Gela Kalaitzidis.
January Celebrations and Revelations
CONGRATULATIONS to Ernesto Cisneros on his debut MG (EFRÉN DIVIDED; Quill Tree/HarperCollins; March 2020)
His star was shining brightly at the Winter Institute!
Speaking of stars, EFRÉN DIVIDED has just received its third star:
“As affecting as it is timely, Cisneros’s debut depicts how draconian U.S. immigration policies rip through one Southern California family… Cisneros tells this urgent story with focus and heart-wrenching realism, especially concerning the ripple effects of family separation, not just at the border but also among those in the U.S. Cisneros layers in stories of other deportees, underlining the importance of taking part in change as he portrays a community rallying around its most vulnerable members. (Efrén’s burnt-out history teacher shares cautionary tales of past exclusionary practices via Martin Niemöller’s “First they came for the socialists” poem.) If Efrén seems to shoulder burdens beyond his years with alarming maturity, he mirrors many children in this country who are forced to grow up fast.”
– Publishers Weekly
And here’s a SHOUT OUT to the incredibly talented star-maker, herself, VP & ED Rosemary Brosnan, on her two new imprints at HC –
Quill Tree and Heartdrum. (Go, purple!)
Click image below to read Ernesto’s letter to readers…
MEET GREGORY BARRINGTON
SPOTLIGHT, indeed, on Gregory Barrington via his featured cover art and SCBWIRockyMtn’s Kite Tales interview.
(Love the Candyland/ Chutes & Ladders metaphor!)
“How to Illustrate a Picture Book for a Traditional Publishing House 101”
by Co-RA Dow Phumiruk is a must read for aspiring illustrators.
Stay tuned for Gregory’s debut picture books upcoming from HarperCollins
launching with COW BOY IS NOT A COWBOY.
Stay tuned for…
DICTIONARY FOR A BETTER WORLD:
POEMS, QUOTES and ANECDOTES FROM A to Z
(Charles Waters, Irene Latham/ Illustrated by Mehrdokht Amini / Lerner; February 2020)
How can we make the world a better place?
This inspiring resource for middle-grade readers is organized as a dictionary; each entry presents a word related to creating a better world, such as ally, empathy, or respect. For each word, there is a poem, a quote from an inspiring person, a personal anecdote from the authors,
and a “try it” prompt for an activity.
From the interview on the Lerner blog: The Art of DICTIONARY FOR A BETTER WORLD
CONGRATS, GIANNA MARINO!
A nod from Booklist for Gianna Marino’s sequel to NIGHT ANIMALS –
NIGHT ANIMALS NEED SLEEP TOO (Viking, February 2020):
“Marino’s cumulative tale is a satisfying slapstick romp; each new fright hilariously sets off some animal’s defenses (an acrid, smelly poooooooofffft from Skunk, whirlpooling eyes and a catatonic state in Possum) that will trigger a new round of giggles in readers.
Add in the text’s sound effects and large gouache-and-ink illustrations, and you’ve got a lively storytime pick.
Reverse the book jacket for bonus animal facts.” — Julia Smith
Also included in a recent SLJ round-up: “When Lullabies Fail / Books to Soothe at Bedtime …”
No dejes que desaparezcan: 12 animales en peligro de extinción alrededor del mundo
(by Chelsea Clinton / Illustrated by Gianna Marino / Teresa Mlawer / Philomel Books) is on the
2020 Bank Street Best Spanish Language Picture Books List!
Here’s to keeping Snow Globe Wishes in our hearts all year long…
SNOW GLOBE WISHES
Illustrated by Claire Shorrock
“…Snow Globe Wishes… is pure delight… This is a book to be read over and over and enjoyed every time as if it’s the very first time. You’ll want to add this charming story with its beautiful words and images to your seasonal collections at home and at work. I want to hug this book!“
SNOW GLOBE WISHES
is also featured in the ABC 10 Gallery of the
“10 Books to Read for January 2020”
Celebrating holiday cheer with Caldecott honor award-winning illustrator, Don Wood, of KING BIDGOOD’S IN THE BATHTUB, written by Audrey Wood … and many, many other international bestsellers.
BIGGGGG H – M – H news to come!
Michael Portis’s PINKY GOT OUT! (Crown; Illustrated by Lori Richmond) spotted “in the wild” at Vroman’s Bookstore in Pasadena. Stay tuned for the companion volume, PINKY CRASHES THE PARTY! in June.
“Overheard” at @EastWestLit on Twitter: