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Dinosaurs on Kitten Island by Michael Slack is in BookTrust’s Great Books Guide for 2022

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Dinosaurs on Kitten Island (Dial) by Michael Slack has been included in BookTrust’s Great Books Guide for 2022 for 4 to 5 year olds. BookTrust is the UK’s largest children’s reading charity. Each year they reach millions of children across the UK with books, resources and support to help develop a love of reading.

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Our Beautiful Colors illustrated by Brittany Jackson is an Amazon Pick of the Month!

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Our Beautiful Colors (Golden Books) by Nikki Shannon Smith, illustrated by Bea Jackson, is an Amazon Editors pick of the month for ages 3-5. The book will be released December 6, 2022.

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A Glowing review from Kirkus for My Red, White, and Blue illustrated by London Ladd

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Kirkus has given My Red, White, and Blue (Philomel) by Alana Tyson, illustrated by London Ladd, a glowing review and says “Ladd’s bold, painterly illustrations, crafted with acrylics, textured cut paper, tissue paper, and colored pencil, illuminate and expand the ideas in the text.”

My Red, White, and Blue will be published January 17, 2023.

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A star from Publishers Weekly for Jump In by Shadra Strickland!

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A starred review for Shadra Strickland’s Jump In (Bloomsbury) calls the book “Vibrantly rendered and warmly welcoming” and goes on to say

“It’s a celebration of intergenerational community and play whose turns spotlight the strengths of both individuals and an inclusive, supportive, tight-knit community.”

Jump In will be published January 31, 2023.

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5 Painted Words Artists included on Kirkus’s Best Picture Books of the Year!

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Kirkus’s Best Picture Books of the Year include 5 books illustrated by Painted Words artists! They are:

Playtime for Restless Rascals (Sourcebooks) by Nikki Grimes,  illustrated by Elizabeth Zunon

Black Gold,(HarperCollins) by Laura Obuobi, illustrated by London Ladd

Standing in the Need of Prayer (Crown) by Carole Boston Weatherford, illustrated by Frank Morrison

Because of You, John Lewis (Scholastic) by Andrea Davis Pinkney, illustrated by Keith Henry Brown

Everything in its Place (Doubleday) by Pauline David-Sax, illustrated by Charnelle Pinkney Barlow

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Congratulations to Liz, London, Frank, Keith and Charnelle!

Painted Words Artists make the Chicago Public Library Best of the Bests List!

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The Chicago Public Library has released its Best Books of the Year list and several Painted Words Artists are on it! Included in the picture book category are Kick Push (Bloomsbury) by Frank Morrison and Queen of Kindergarten (Nancy Paulsen Books) by Derrick Barnes, illustrated by Vanessa Brantley Newton.

Pink, Blue and You! (Anne Schwartz Books) by Elise Gravel and Mykaell Blais is on the list of best Informational Books for Younger Readers (K-3).

On the list of Informational Books for Older Readers (3-8) is Because of You, John Lewis (Scholastic) by Andrea Davis Pinkney, illustrated by Keith Henry Brown.

Congratulations Everyone!

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Big Bear and Little Fish illustrated by Il Sung Na is a NCTE Charlotte Huck Award Recommended Book

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The National Council of Teachers of English have named Big Bear and Little Fish (Lerner) by Sandra Nickel, illustrated by Il Sung Na a Charlotte Huck Award recommended book.

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When the Schools Shut Down illustrated by Keisha Morris, and Because of You, John Lewis illustrated by Keith Henry Brown are finalists for the Jane Addams Children’s Book Award Prize

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Cathy Ann Johnson Wins CCAD 2022 Creative Entrepreneur Award!

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Cathy Ann Johnson has won Columbus College of Art and Design’s 2022 Creative Entrepreneur Award. The committee said “Cathy Ann is a leader and role model for you designers, women in business and people of color. Her accomplishments are nothing short of inspirational.”

In addition, Cathy Ann’s paintings for the picture book Stand Up! 10 Mighty Women Who Made a Change (Orchard Books) by Brittney Cooper are on exhibit at the Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University through February 12, 2023.

Congratulations Cathy Ann!

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See more about the exhibition at the Zimmerli Art Museum here

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Gene Barretta to talk about Starring Steven Spielberg at a Books of Wonder Virtual Event!

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Gene Barretta, author of Starring Steven Spielberg (Christy Ottaviano Books) will be appearing on a panel about Picture Book Biographies at a virtual event with Books of Wonder on November 26, 2023.

Learn more about the event and register to attend here