Burt the Beetle Lives Here! by Ashley Spires is out now. Published by Kids Can Press, this follow-up title to Burt the Beetle Doesn’t Bite finds our beloved junebug star on an adventure to find the perfect home, as he learns all about other insect homes along the way. Kirkus calls the book, “a wide-ranging survey of insect homes delivered with humor and heart.” Pick up your copy today!
In a review of The Loud Librarian (Atheneum) by Jenna Beatrice, illustrated by Erika Lynne Jones, Publishers Weekly says: “Jones’s scenes lean fully into the chaos while showcasing Penelope’s cheerful resilience, and a clever conclusion emphasizes the idea that there’s a place for everyone at the library.” See the full review here Get the book here
In a starred review, Horn Book says this about Breaking to the Beat! (Lee & Low) by Linda J. Acevedo, illustrated by Frank Morrison: “This LUSCIOUSLY ILLUSTRATED picture book, with Morrison’s signature images of characters with elongated arms and legs, effectively captures Manolo’s initial hesitancy and later verve, bravado, and dizzyingly bodacious moves. A WONDERFUL story of an important artistic form that, like jazz, emerged from Black and Brown communities.” The book has also received starred reviews from Booklist and Kirkus. Get the book here
Teaching for Change is promoting When the Schools Shut Down (HarperCollins) by Yolanda Gladden, Dr. Tamara Pizzoli, Illustrated by Keisha Morris in their Social Justice Books project. They’ll be featuring it in their Civil Rights Teaching: Desegregation, Education, and Black History booklists, as well as in the Biographies section on their Bookshop.org vendor shop.
Several Painted Words artists were recently honored by being chosen to the 2023 CBC Teachers Favorite Awards-Book List. They are: Because of You, John Lewis (Scholastic) by Andrea Davis Pinkney, illustrated by Keith Henry Brown Standing in Need of Prayer(Crown) by Carole Boston Weatherford, illustrated by Frank Morrison Our World is a Family, (Sourcebooks) by Jennifer Jacskon and Miry Whitehill, illustrated by Nomar Perez Not Enough Lollipops (Knopf) by Megan Maynor, illustrated by Micah Player Iveliz Explains it All (Random House) by Andrea Beatriz Arango, illustrated by Alyssa Bermudez Beatrice Bly’s Rules for Spies 2: Mystery Goo (Pixel + Ink) by Sue Fliess, illustrated by Beth Mills Congratulations everyone! See the full list here