I’m turning another 2D image into 3D! These are some character designs I did for a children’s book project I was working on a few years ago. Some aspects of the style I chose don’t translate directly to the 3D medium but I’m hopeful that it’ll turn out okay after a few iterations :) mostly I want to be able to capture the right energy…
"She deliberately lost her glass slipper at the prince's ball, but she was surprised at the creature who brought it back. Who or what was the creature that came to see Cinderella and what happened?"
@marnier @rickriordan Also, Dr. Debbie Reese is a great resource for #kidlit that's either by or positive toward indigenous people.
WHAT ROSA BROUGHT, my new picture book, comes out in November. It's the most personal book I've ever written; it's the true story of my mom's experiences as a little girl in Nazi-occupied Vienna.
I was really happy to see this lovely review in Kirkus:
Sean and Ellie won a chance to spend one night in the empty mansion that has loomed over the town for more than 200 years. If the house's sinister inhabitant gets its way, that one night could last an eternity.
The Secret of Commander's Mansion, coming 10/24/2023!
Find out more at http://jrandrewsbooks.com/
“I go where you go kid. Let’s look at some stars …” Space elevators are the future, but when Mike’s crazy-rich Grandma remains stuck in the past sometimes you have to leave Earth to find home. https://inkican.com/mike-sierra-echo-middle-grade-space-elevator-scifi-book-portal/ #MiddleGradeSciFi #SpaceElevator #KidLit #SciFiAdventure #YoungReaders #MGBooks #STEMKids #SpaceExploration #FutureScientists
It's Hispanic Heritage Month and we're spotlighting the Leyendas Trilogy by Selenia Paz! This #KidLit fantasy series follows Miguel and Natalia as they are swept into an adventure involving legendary characters from Mexican folklore.
“Paz crafts a fantasy adventure…imbued with a mystery that should keep people reading.” – Booklist
Learn more and download study guides here: https://www.snowywingspublishing.com/librarians/leyendas/
Thanks CBC books for featuring BOYS DON’T FRY in this awesome list of upcoming picture books!
Please check out the full list here https://www.cbc.ca/books/45-picture-books-to-check-out-this-fall-1.6966453
In Ben Hatke's new graphic novel "Things in the Basement", a young boy is sent on an errand to the scary basement and ends up going on a quest through a spooky, magical underworld. The ever-stranger series of basements reminds me of dreams where you discover hidden rooms in your house that go on and on, and the monster is the creepiest looking one I've seen in ages.
Morning, Marvelous Mastodons!
From the ar(t)chive…
Made these illustrations for a children's story that is part of an amigurumi crochet book by my friend Dendennis.
The book includes crochet instructions to create the amigurumis featured in the illustrations.
You can find the book here:
I love me a fresh hometown metaphor:
"Kate's like the wildfires in #Southern California, going everywhere, in every direction, at the exact same time," Patchett told me, with equal parts admiration and annoyance."
Finishing up No Laughter Here by the amazing Rota Williams-Garcia this morning. This is a middle grade book (younger MG- main character is in 5th grade) that deals with secrets and when those secrets are too big. This book revolves around a young girl's circumcision over the summer and her best friend's vow to keep her secret.
This is an important read and would recommend to middle grade readers. Does describe FGM.
Das #Kind (6) liegt bäuchlings auf seinem Bett und liest sich selbst aus einem #Buch laut vor. Ich höre das bis in die Küche und habe die schönste Schnippel-Untermalung, die ich mir vorstellen könnte. Es liest vollkommen flüssig. Die #Schule wird ihm in Jahr 1 vermutlich wenig beibringen, aber sie spornt (bisher) trotzdem irgendwie an...
'Inclusive Books for Children, a new charity which has launched a website hosting a database of inclusive books. Site visitors can browse through more than 700 book recommendations and search the database to find books featuring protagonists with specific characteristics.'
#amreading #kidlit #diversity #ChildrensBooks #Inclusivebooksforchildren #bookstodon #diversebooks
Happy book birthday to Holly Webb's The Swan's Warning! I really love this magical MG series: https://blackwells.co.uk/bookshop/product/The-Swans-Warning-by-Holly-Webb/9781510109728
Today’s high point: The first draft of the agreement has been sent to the talent (their agent) for review. If all things are a go, I’ll be one step closer to booking a celeb for the story hour (Kickstarter backer perk). The official launch is October 28 — it’s all coming together!!
Look at this utterly gorgeous book! I adored Holly Webb's first book in this MG fantasy series (The Story of Greenriver) - soooo magical and beautifully written - and I am really excited to read this one. And again, it's beautifully illustrated throughout by Zannagoldhawk!
Finished reading Bidhi Galing by Anita Heiss & Samantha Campbell. A vividly illustrated children’s book about the Great Flood of Gundagai & the heroism of Wiradyuri men Yarri & Jacky Jacky, told through the eyes of Yarri’s daughter. Compelling, personal, & painfully relevant. Highly recommended.
Keep up with kidlit news and what I'm reading with my periodic newsletter - latest issue out now, including what I'm reading (Claire Swinarski's wonderful new middle grade What Happened to Rachel Riley?), my Portobello Book Festival event next month and more! Read it now at http://bit.ly/SMAnews13
What were your favorite picture books when you were little?
🐼 Panda Bear's Paint Box by M. Muntean & Christopher Santoro
🦆 Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey
What are your favorite picture books today?
🧝 Sally & the Some-Thing by George O'Connor
🐧 Penguin & Pumpkin by Salina Yoon
Thanks to Today’s Parent for featuring Amy Wu and the Ribbon Dance in ‘7 books to inspire a love of reading’
And ooh, check out the front window of Waterstones Abergavenny! Only 3 more days until my joint launch party with Claire Fayers. There will be brownies and fun! :)
"Moomintroll looked disapprovingly at him. "It's nothing to laugh at," he said. "It would be a terrible thing if a comet hit the earth."
"What would happen then?" whispered Sniff.
"Everything would explode," said Moomintroll, gloomily.
There was a long silence.
"Then Snufkin said slowly: "It would be awful if the earth exploded. It's so beautiful."
~ Tove Jansson, Comet in Moominland
Need a timeline cleanse? Here's an article about the daughter (and inspiration for "Sal" in Blueberries for Sal) reading her father Robert McCloskey's work to an adoring intergenerational audience in a small public library in Maine. NYT feature (gift link, no paywall). #nature #kidlit #Maine #illustration #ChildrensBooks #libraries
There are many troubling things going on in our world at the moment. It is easy to forget about some of the good. For those who need something lighter to think about for a brief while, here you go. This is me beside the famous "Make Way For Ducklings" sculptures during a visit to the Boston Commons. As a teacher and a parent, I have always believed in the power of stories. We did many "touristy" things while in Boston but this moment was just for me. #Boston #Kidlit #Books
Most viewed #blogpost on #StorySnug this week: Chapter Book Cats 🐈⬛🐈
Do you have a favourite#chapterbook cat? Ours include a baking cat, book cats, musical cats, a superstar cat & a cat who aspires to sit by a fire.
#Bookstodon #amreading #childrensbooks #kidlit
These are the hills, these are the woods,
These are my starry solitudes;
And there the river by whose brink
The roaring lions come to drink…
For #NationalBookLoversDay – “The Land of Story-Books”, by Robert Louis Stevenson
#HowtoHatchaReader takes an amusing look at #learningtoread with an unusual cast of characters 🐔🐥🐓
We ❤️the subplot involving Fox that's shown in
#RachelSuzanne's bold illustrations 🦊
#KariGonzalez #Bookstodon #ChildrensBooks #amreading #kidlit #StorySnug #GnomeRoadPublishing
As new cohorts of kids are continually aging into science books, and as this platform is new for me, may I mention one of the books I published some years ago? Happily still available in brand new copies from Kids Can Press: https://www.amazon.com/Evolution-How-Living-Things-Came/dp/1554534305/
#kidlit #evolution #sciart
As editor of the Children's Literature Group of the online Literary Encyclopedia (https://www.litencyc.com/), I am looking for contributors who can write entries of 1000-3500 words on authors, illustrators, texts, genres, literary and historical contexts, etc. We're especially looking for essays on texts and people considered essential to the field.
Submit a proposal here:
A croc lives under my bed, a children's storybook concept.
More of my storybook concepts can be found here:
Flamer is about a boy at scout camp questioning his sexuality. It is a middle grade graphic novel that packs a punch.
Through the Woods is a horror graphic novel for middle grade readers. The pictures are beautiful and the stories are chilling.
Breadwinner is a graphic novel about a girl in Afghanistan who has to dress like a boy in order to get food and work to help her family after her father was imprisoned.
Beetle and the Hollowbones is a YA graphic novel about a young goblin and her friend. It is a Stonewall Honor Book and was an exciting adventure saving Blob Ghost.
Some #KidLit recommendations from what I have been reading lately.
Nick and Tesla's High Voltage Danger Lab was a great middle grade book about two kids staying with their inventor uncle over the summer. This is the first in the series.
The Questioneers series is a fun junior fiction series (1st through 3rd grades). The books are all STEAM centered and are based on the children's book Ada Twist, Scientist.
I guess I should update my pinned post to say that #MirrorOfWolves is officially out in the world now! 😃 :ds_crow: 🐺
When 12-year-old Ty learns of a mystical object that can tell him whether he truly is destined to save Arcania from the dark sorcerer Gideon Blackthorn, he is determined to track it down—no matter the cost. But when his quest takes a shocking turn will Ty still find the answers he needs, or will his relentless hunt for the truth jeopardize everything?
#MGLit #MiddleGradeReads #MiddleGradeFantasy #BooksForKids #IReadCanadian #CanadianAuthor #CanLit #Bookstodon #YOWbooks #KidLit #MGFantasy #FantasyBooks #FantasySeries #books #BookLover #bookworm #reading #bookish #MiddleGrade #MiddleGradeFiction #TheArcanium #TeamArcania
The IGNYTE Awards voting is open to all until June 30. Check out the full list of truly amazing finalists. The voting link is at the very bottom.
Ruby Finley vs the Interstellar Invasion is nominated for Best In Middle Grade. The competiton, as you'll see, is STIFF. So honored to be here among all these stars.
5. Every child has the right to know Hans Christian Andersen, the Brothers Grimm, Lewis Carroll, Michael Ende, Frank Baum, J. M. Barrie, Dr. Seuss, P. L. Travers, and others.
(Every country gets to add their own authors and storytellers, so feel free to add to the list!)
Added my name to support PEN America’s fight against book bans in Florida (and elsewhere)
Please consider adding your name too.
Our ancestors crawled out of the sea, so you might say the ocean mothered us all. Here is a pic from the gorgeous kids book, "How The Sea Came To Be" by Jennifer Berne with #illustrations by the talented Amanda Hall. Info on her research and process is on the website of the publisher: Eerdmans Books For Young Readers #kidlit #ChildrensLiterature #Books #Bookstodon #MothersDay
This underworldly tale about Mimi, a Chinese American ghost in bicultural limbo, has Chinese-style rituals, Mandarin puns, and—of course—ghost fashion.
(Psst…please buy!) 👻 ❤️
#PageStreetKids, art by Bonnie Lui.
Can you help ID a children's fantasy novel from the 1970s?
My colleague is trying to identify a fantasy novel he read as a child/tween sometime around 1980-1984 in the U.S., and so far all of us who are trying to assist are stumped. If you can help, we'd be most grateful! (UPDATE: We’ve ruled out works by McKillip, L'Engle, Alexander, and Le Guin.)
Here's what he remembers:
1. He thinks it was published in the late 1970s. (He read a library hardback without a dustjacket, so he didn't see the cover art.)
2. He thinks it was a standalone novel, not a book in a series.
3. The plot involved a boy and girl brought up as siblings, but in fact they were the respective heirs of two warring kingdoms, heraldically represented as "the Mountain" and "the Sea." It culminated in a duel between two wizards.
Thank you so much for any and all leads!