Tina and Carson Kügler’s IN MARY’S GARDEN is a CCBC Choices 2016 selection for an outstanding book in The Arts category
Joyce Wan’s THE WHALE IN MY SWIMMING POOL is a Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center ‘s top 25 book pick for 2015
Tina Kugler’s SNAIL AND WORM is a Spring 2016 Junior Library Guild (JLG) selection
Monica Carnesi’s SLEEPOVER WITH BEATRICE AND BEAR is a 2015 NH Ladybug Picture Book Award nominee
SLEEPYHEADS illustrated by Joyce Wan is a CCBC Choice selection for 2015
Monica Carnesi’s SLEEPOVER WITH BEATRICE AND BEAR is a CCBC Choice selection for 2015
IN MARY’S GARDEN by Tina and Carson Kügler has been selected as a Midwest Connections Pick for April with MIBA!
Annie Bach’s NIGHT-NIGHT, FOREST FRIENDS is a Raising Readers of Maine book selection.
Foreign Rights Sales Alert: The wonderful folks at Macmillan have sold French Canadian Translation rights to Scholastic Canada.
Annie Bach’s NIGHT-NIGHT, FOREST FRIENDS is a 2015 Dolly Parton Imagination Library Selection.
Author-Illustrator Joyce Wan’s WHALE IN MY SWIMMING POOL is already making a splash. Thank you Junior Library Guild for making WHALE a May 2015 book selection.
BRUNO & LULU’S PLAYGROUND ADVENTURE, illustrated by Kirstie Edmunds, is a NYPL pick for 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing 2014.
LITTLE DOG LOST by Monica Carnesi is the winner of the 2013 Ladybug Picture Book Award!
HERE I AM illustrated by Sonia Sanchez is a National Parenting Publications Award (NPAA) 2014 Gold Award Winner
THE YETI FILES by author-illustrator Kevin Sherry is a National Parenting Publications Award (NPAA) 2014 Silver Award Winner
EAT YOUR SCIENCE HOMEWORK illustrated by Leeza Hernandez is a Junior Library Selection (JLG)
SLEEPYHEADS illustrated by Joyce Wan received a KIRKUS starred review
TURTLE ISLAND by Kevin Sherry received a PUBLISHER’S WEEKLY starred review
* Foreign rights sales alert:
Hungarian rights for CUPCAKE COUSINS were sold to Manó Konyvek by Disney-Hyperion USA.
Steve Breen’s UNICORN EXECUTIONS is a Father’s Day pick in USA TODAY.
Monica Carnesi’s SLEEPOVER WITH BEATRICE AND BEAR received a School Library Journal starred review!
“The author of Little Dog Lost (Penguin, 2012) has another winner… Carnesi’s sweet illustrations perfectly capture the joys of friendship, the frustration of being left behind, and the satisfaction in making something for a friend. The spare text is an excellent complement to the lively illustrations…Sure to be a hit in every library.”
Kevin Sherry’s TURTLE ISLAND spotted in an Earth Day roundup on The Daily Planet.
Kit Chase’s OLIVER’S TREE featured on Design of the Picture Book Blog.
Foreign rights sales alert: Chinese Simplified rights for BIG BAD BABY, illustrated by Steve Breen, were sold to Beijing Zhongshanxiangsha by Penguin USA.
Foreign rights sale alert: Scholastic UK to simultaneously publish THE YETI FILES by Kevin Sherry. Sale by Scholastic US.
Starred (*) Kirkus review for Kit Chase’s picture debut OLIVER’S TREE!!
“Suffused with warmth and gentle humor, this deceptively simple story demonstrates the power of friendship, the importance of working together and problem-solving, while simultaneously introducing basic concepts (high/low, tall/short) in a pleasing, organic way. Young children will root for the three friends, enjoy the mild suspense and delight in the very satisfying ending. As gentle and unassuming as Oliver, this story thoroughly charms.”
OLIVER’S TREE by Kit Chase is a Book of the Month Club pick! OLIVER’S TREE will also be appearing on the cover of the their spring 2014 catalog.
HERE I AM, illustrated by Sonia Sanchez, is a Spring 2014 Junior Library Guild selection.
PA arist Sonia Sanchez‘ US debut HERE I AM (written by Patti Kim) received a starred (*) review in PUBLISHER’S WEEKLY!!
“In a nearly wordless picture book, Kim and Sanchez examine the difficulties, adjustments, and eventual triumphs that accompany one boy’s transition from an unspecified Asian nation to New York City with his family. The book’s very wordlessness highlights the boy’s unfamiliarity with English—signs on storefronts read as gibberish; a teacher neatly writes “bla bla bla” on the chalkboard—and Sanchez’s palette veers from the dull tans and grays of the airport to the shocking blue and yellow lights of the city at night with a page turn. The boy is initially despondent, cranky, lonely, and bored—his only comfort is a red seed he carries, a memento of home. When that seed finds its way into the pocket of a girl skipping rope outside the boy’s brownstone, he’s finally drawn into the city, learning to embrace street food, friendly pigeons, and the smells wafting from a corner cafe. For children who have moved to an unfamiliar country or town, it’s a sensitive reminder that they are not alone; for others, it’ll be an eye-opening window into what those kids are going through. Ages 5–10. (Sept.)”—PUBLISHER’S WEEKLY (9/30/2013) starred review
The New York Times calls HERE I AM “winsome” :
“Patti Kim forgoes text altogether in her winsome “Here I Am,” the story of a boy from an unspecified Asian country arriving in New York to build a new life with his parents and baby sister. Sonia Sanchez’s freewheeling, richly colored panels overlap and bleed into one another, mirroring the child’s rapid shifts from wonder to trepidation to longing, as well as the absorbing, ever-changing rhythms of city life. Kim and Sánchez bring to their lively pages the heightened perceptions of the recently arrived. From the startling whoosh of pigeons’ wings to the click of coins deposited in a parking meter to the reflective shine of the polished airport floor, everything in this new world is worth noticing.
From the moment he lands at J.F.K., the images vibrate with energy and detail: passengers milling about the international terminal, a swift cab ride through the city at night, streets thronged with pedestrians and adorned with bright, indecipherable signs. The boy starts out feeling isolated and unhappy, but then embarks on a solo journey through his neighborhood that culminates in the making of a friend and a newfound sense of belonging.” — NEW YORK TIMES (10/13/2013)
“This appealing offering presents a series of clues to a riddle with the answer revealed on a final, fold-out page.
The unnamed, first-person narrator describes, in one simple sentence per spread, an enjoyable day with friends, which include ducks, a beaver, frogs, turtles, snails, dragonflies and fireflies. The final page asks, “What am I?” and a vertical fold-out reveals an answer that no one will likely guess: a pond. The simple text is appropriately large and bold, and the delightful illustrations feature thick lines, chunky, smiling critters, and a vibrant, natural color scheme. Despite the potential confusion engendered by the title—which suggests that the first-person narrator is a frog—the riddle concept works well, and the answer, which readers of any age will be unlikely to guess, rightly encourages them to perceive the pond as not simply a backdrop, but an integral part of a thriving ecosystem. In a companion title, Owl and Friends, a tree tells readers about all the happy times it shares with forest animals as readers try to guess its identity.
An engaging riddle book with standout illustrations, especially the final foldout, which is filled with merry creatures being regarded by a cheerful sun and a content, pigtailed little girl. (Board book. 1-4)“–Kirkus (June 27, 2013)
LITTLE DOG LOST by author-illustrator Monica Carnesi is among the books chosen for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library 2013
“Beautiful, evocative pictures tell the story of a boy who comes from an Asian land to a big U.S. city.
Images in this virtually wordless, slender graphic novel range from dreamlike curlicues to bold, dark cityscapes and emotional vignettes. The boy looks out of the window of a plane, great sadness in his body language. He and his father, mother and baby sister go through a crowded airport and a noisy and bewildering city to a small apartment. He finds the subway and the streets confusing, and he does not understand anything at school. The boy cherishes a red seed he has evidently brought from home. By accident, he drops it out the apartment window and then goes on a frantic search for it, finding new and interesting places along the way. He discovers he loves big, salted pretzels and shares some with the pigeons. When a girl with bouncy braids and beads in her hair climbs a tree and hangs upside down, the red seed falls out of her pocket. She and the boy plant it together, and as the seasons pass, friendship, seed and baby sistergrow. An author’s note describes the storyteller’s voyage at age 4 from Korea to Washington, D.C.
Sánchez has captured a kaleidoscope of emotion and powerful sensations in a way children will grasp completely. It’s The Arrival for younger readers. (Graphic novel. 5-10)”–KIRKUS starred review (09/13/2013)
LITTLE DOG LOST by author-illustrator Monica Carnesi is a 2013 Bankstreet College of Education Best Book of the Year for Under Five.
THE CRITTER CLUB: AMY AND THE MISSING PUPPY, illustrated by Marsha Riti, is a IndieBound Indie Next List Pick for Winter 2012-13 (Ages 4-8).
LITTLE DOG LOST by author-illustrator Monica Carnesi is on the 2012 Best Books Overlap Heavy Medal list. Hip hip hooray for this important debut picture book which appears on 2 (yes TWO) “best of” lists.
THE MONSTER WHO LOST HIS MEAN illustrated by Kirstie Edmunds (aka Pencil Pocket) was chosen for the Society of Illustrator’s Original Art Show. The Original Art: Celebrating the Fine Art of Children’s Book Illustration is on display at the Museum of American Illustration at the Society of Illustrators from October 24 through December 22, 2012.
So exciting to see LITTLE DOG LOST on the CALLING CALDECOTT BOOK DISCUSSION LIST. THE HORN BOOK: CALLING CALDECOTT blog posted a great review about LITTLE DOG LOST. And here is the THE HORN BOOK starred review.