Ashley Spires’s Fairy Science has been shortlisted for the BC Chocolate Lily Young Readers’ Choice Awards for 2020-2021 in the picture books for ages kindergarten to 4th grade category. The award celebrates children’s authors and illustrators living in British Columbia and while congratulating these talented authors and illustrators, it also tries to encourage literacy for grade school children in British Columbia. This non-profit reader’s choice award will be read and voted upon by these children and the results of the winners will be announced next year around this time. Learn more about the award here
Joanie Stone has two new books out: Unbeatable Betty from HarperCollins and Teeny-Tiny Mermaid from Cottage Door Press. Unbeatable Betty is the story of Betty Robinson, the first female Olympic Track & Field gold medalist. Teeny-Tiny Mermaid is a children’s interactive finger puppet board book about mermaid adventures. You can order the books here: Unbeatable Betty Teeny-Tiny Mermaid
Josh Crute’s latest book, Jonas Hanway’s Scurrilous, Scandalous, Shockingly Sensational Umbrella has received a great review from Kirkus. Kirkus describes the book as “Both a bubbly historical account of umbrellas and a lighthearted tale of embracing change.” Pick a copy of the book here. Read the full review here
Elise Gravel was recently interviewed for an article in Quill & Quire on the rise of graphic novels in Canada. Gravel’s series Arlo & Pips: King of the Birds is featured in the May Issue of Quill & Quire in the article titled Comic Craze. You can read the interview here.
Ashley Spires’ upcoming sequel to Fairy Science, Solid, Liquid, Gassy! has received an amazing review from Kirkus. Kirkus writes, “Through lively digital illustrations and an airy story, Spires gives young readers a conceptual invitation to the scientific method.” Congrats Ashley! The book publishes on September 8, 2020. Pre-order your copy here. Read the full review here
Elisa Chavarri’s next illustrated book, Sharuko: Peruvian Archaeologist Julio C. Tello has received 6 shining reviews, including three starred reviews from The Horn Book, Booklist, and School Library Journal. this biography of Peruvian archaeologist, Julio C. Tello, describes the history of his discoveries and Peru’s culture. Booklist praises “Chavarri’s gorgeous watercolor-and-gouache illustrations” saying they “bring to life Tello’s family, his ancestors, moments.” While Kirkus says the “artwork goes a long way toward giving a real sense of place to the narration.” Read the full reviews below. The book comes out August 18, 2020, so get your copy here. *The Horn Book *Booklist *School Library Journal Shelf Awareness Kirkus The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books