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March BOOK Madness!
Heather Brockman Lee, Grand Prize Portfolio Showcase Winner, SCBWI Big Five-Oh! 2021,
was chosen to illustrate the cover of SCBWI’s new publishing guide.
Thank you, Sarah Baker – and CONGRATULATIONS on your new position!
Upcoming: 3 books from Heather, including HATTIE HUGS HUGS (Beaming Books), her debut, next month:
Thanks, Dow, for the advance endorsement!
HATTIE HATES HUGS is a beautiful, colorful book addressing a child’s right to say no to hugs. While Hattie is excited to attend a family gathering, she dreads being hugged by well-meaning relatives. Lee’s illustrations share expressive, diverse characters throughout the book, and a heartfelt, satisfying resolution completes the story. It reminds us that not everyone appreciates this form of human touch, even in light of enjoying human interaction. More importantly, children will be encouraged to advocate for themselves when uncomfortable with a situation. It’s a great book for huggers and non-huggers alike.
Alexandra Alessandri, on yet another Florida Book Award – this one a GOLD medal!
Alexandra’s debut PB garnered a Silver Medal from the Florida Book Awards,
along with a Bronze Medal from the International Latino Book Awards.
This time to Laura Kerstein—
HOME FOR A WHILE is a 2022 CCBC Choice best-of-the-year!
Click here to read Jeanne Walker Harvey’s blog post on the book.
(Ella Schwartz, Illustrated by Dow Phumiruk, Christy Ottaviano Books)
“Most parents in colonial America thought girls should only learn to cook, sew & take care of the house, but Mary Katharine’s parents disagreed. As a young girl [she] realized that knowledge made her powerful.”
“Superb … Harvey’s poetic text is imagistic and deftly placed.”
The Horn Book | Nonfiction picture books for Women’s History Month 2022 (hbook.com)
Jeanne Walker Harvey‘s ABLAZE WITH COLOR (Loveis Wise, Harper Collins)
was featured in SFChronicle’s Datebook:
Roundup of 6 kids’ books honoring unforgettable women
“Bright digital art pays homage to her unique style and status as the first Black female painter represented in the White House,
thanks to Michelle Obama.”
Walker-Harvey’s ABLAZE WITH COLOR was also featured on SLJ’s TheClassroomBookshelf.com,
including great extensions for teachers.
“This stunning book holds beautiful lessons about the power of women, art, nature, education, and joy.”
2022 ALA LLX Book Buzz – YouTube
See the transformative life cycle of a sunflower play out from page to page
in this bold read-aloud by Sibert Award-winning Antoinette Portis.
“Employing spare language and sunny, stippled multimedia spreads that belie their quiet complexity, Portis gracefully traces a sunflower’s cycle from seed to sprout to plant—and back again. … In addition to incorporating mention of the seedling’s early needs (soil, sun, rain) and maturation phases (bud, flower, seed), text and image hint at the plant’s external effects (for those who “nest in the leaves// in the tops of trees”)—and, poignantly, its place as participant in the natural world.
It’s a volume almost as jam-packed as a seed itself.“
As to Antoinette’s board books:
“A child delights in being “up” in this visually spare nighttime board book. As a yellow sun half-dips below the bottom of the opening page (“The sun is down”), a light-brown-skinned child, whose hair visually echoes the sun’s rays, peeks up from the facing page (“but I am up”). … Portis’s spongy illustrations capture a child’s transition to sleep with a pleasing simplicity that’s easily graspable by those developing first slumber-time routines. Publishing simultaneously: I’m Up! “
Brynne Barnes was featured in Schoolcraft College’s My Story, My Voice:
“What I most want my community to know is that the Black diaspora is not just one thing, one person, or even one experience. In reference to Maya Angelou’s words, I stand as 10,000. This is the notion of what my latest book, BLACK GIRL RISING (illustrated by Tatyana Fazlalizadeh, Chronicle Books, June 2022), honors – the journey of many through the journey of one. Black history is not something that we study; it is not in a book or one month out of the year. It is something that we live – and create – every single day.”
This enduring anthem for Black girls celebrates their power, potential, and brilliance—for themselves and for the world.
“With nods to poets who have celebrated Black womanhood, BLACK GIRL RISING is modern ballad steeped in metaphor, music, and magic. From its gold-dusted jacket to its melodic verses, this is the song Black girls need now.”
—Carole Boston Weatherford,
Newbery Honor winning, NYT bestselling author
“A stunning ode to Black girl magic!”
NYT bestselling author of All Because You Matter
Preparing for Earth Day?
Alma Fullerton’s NO MORE PLASTIC (Pajama Press) and Sibert Honor award winning Patricia Newman’s PLANET OCEAN (Millbrook / Annie Crawley) and are on the
NatGen Green Earth Book Award Longlist!
Where’s East West?
Halli Gomez (LIST OF TEN) and Shannon Hitchcock (The Storytellers’ Series) were featured speakers
at the Virginia Festival of the Books.
NYT-bestselling author Stacia Deutsch was part of a MIDDLE GRADE MAGIC virtual event hosted by SLJ.
“Deutsch has given the Boxcar Children franchise a modern twist but retains salient features of Gertrude Chandler Warner’s original series in creating her version of Greenfield. A case worth cracking.”
10:05 – 10:55 AM ET | Cloudy, with a Chance of Rain
Meet a group of awesome tweens & tweens weathering challenges on multiple fronts.
Alma Fullerton, Flipping Forward Twisting Backward (Peachtree), and others.
“This novel in verse points out that learning disabilities and mental capabilities are two separate issues … The interspersed black-and-white illustrations add energy and forward motion to the text … the short poems, liberal use of dialogue, and the focus on gymnastics make this a high interest, quick read that would make an excellent choice for both beginning chapter book readers and reluctant readers.”
—School Library Connection
Ana Crespo was a guest on Tandem Bay Area’s recent panel, talking about her book LIA & LUÍS: WHO HAS MORE? (Charlesbridge) and on PBS SoCal’s blog: “How Two Brazilian American Kids Are Inspiring Little Ones to Love Math and Reading”
Pura Belpré Winner Ernesto Cisneros
zoomed with the North Texas Teen Book Festival
Sarah Scheerger gave numerous presentations throughout the month of March to students in Hong Kong
as a part of the Hong Kong International Literary Festival.
Dow Phumiruk joined Grace Lin on her podcast, Kids Ask Authors.
Listen in here.
Jeanne Walker Harvey was part of the virtual Smithsonian event featuring Alma Thomas,
hosted by the Postal Museum, Smithsonian and Hirshhorn Museum of Modern & Contemporary Art.
Coming in April:
Megan E. Freeman (ALONE) will present a craft workshop at The Wandering Jellyfish (April 2nd)
Patricia Newman (PLANET OCEAN) and Erin Dealey (DEAR EARTH…From Your Friends in Room 5) are teaming up with librarian Ro Menendez for a Texas Library Association panel in-person on Making Earth Day Everyday. (April 26th)
Books “in the wild”
Hicklebee’s spread the word about Anna Dewdney’s EVERYTHING WILL BE OK (illustrated by Judy Schachner, Viking)
And Erin Dealey’s PETER EASTER FROG (illustrated by G. Brian Karas, Caitlyn Dlouhy Books)
was sighted in Hicklebee’s Easter display:
PETER EASTER FROG is also part of the March Barnes & Noble displays nationwide, along with
PETE THE CAT Big Easter Adventure (Kimberly Dean & James Dean).
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