Thursday, July 16, 2015

"A Kid Pick" at Powell's Books

The best recommendation ever: A Kid Pick at Powell's Books for THE CODE BUSTERS CLUB series by Penny Warner!  Perfect for 

Visit Powell's Books, here.
Join The Code Busters Club, break secret codes, and learn more about the books in the series, here.

Monday, July 13, 2015

ALA 2015 -- FCL Highlights from San Francisco!

It was a thrill to be in San Francisco for 2015 ALA Conference celebrating a summer of love and books! It was a happy time kicking off with the Supreme Court ruling making same sex marriage a nationwide right. Some highlights were our FCL Family Lunch, going to Stink Moody's birthday bash, meeting living legends, and sharing an uber with Diane Roback and a hilarious librarian that had lots to say about Publishers Weekly!  Here are a few highlights to share:

Frank Morrison received a Coretta Scott King Honor for Illustration for LITTLE MELBA AND HER BIG TROMBONE.  He celebrated with LITTLE MELBA author Katheryn Russell-Brown at the lively Coretta Scott King Breakfast.

Frank Morrison CSK Illustrator Honor with author Katheryn Russell-Brown
John Parra was honored at the Pura Belpré Celebracion with an Illustration Honor for GREEN IS A CHILE PEPPER. As always, the speeches were inspiring and the children performers were a delight! Mark your calendars: come celebrate in 2016 the 20th Anniversary of the Pura Belpré Award!

John Parra awarded 2015 Pura Belpré Illustration Honor
René Colato Laínez was awarded an International Latino Book Award -- First Place Best Latino Children’s Picture Book for ¡Jugemos al Fútbol y al Football! (Santillana USA)
René Colato Laínez awarded International Latino Book Award

Publisher booths were buzzing and several FCL authors signed copies of their 2015 titles.
Monica Brown with Little Brown editor Nikki Garcia

Monica Brown's new chapter book series LOLA LEVINE IS NOT MEAN

Rene Colato Lainez new picture book VAMONOS/LET'S GO!

Anna-Marie McLemore's young adult debut THE WEIGHT OF FEATHERS

Aisha Saeed young adult debut WRITTEN IN THE STARS
Anna Marie McLemore at Macmillan booth

Aisha Saeed at Penguin booth

For those of you that missed ALA this year, you can enjoy the 2015 Book & Media Award speeches, here. Such inspiration! We enjoyed a FCL Family Lunch with our authors and illustrators attending ALA -- it was a special time for new friends to meet and for creative minds to celebrate. One more highlight---meeting living legends US Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera and ALA special guest Sylvia Mendez. 
Living legends! Juan Felipe Herrera and Sylvia Mendez

FCL Family Lunch
See you at ALA Conference 2016 in Orlando!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

FCL Authors and Illustrators at American Library Association Conference

Look for FCL Authors and Illustrators and the American Library Association Conference June 26-29 in in San Francisco! We hope to see you at #ALAAC15

Monday, June 15, 2015

THE NEW BOHEMIANS continues on NYT Bestseller List!

Exciting news! THE NEW BOHEMIANS continues on at #9 in The New York Times Bestseller List (June 14, 2015 issue). Congratulations Justina! See the full list in NYT here.

Visit Justina Blakeney on the web here and follow her on twitter and instagram @justinablakeney.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

John Parra at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

A Very Special Storytime with John Parra


A Very Special Storytime, John Parra
Saturday, June 13, 1:00–3:00 p.m.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Bonnie J. Sacerdote Lecture Hall, Uris Center for Education Show location on map
Join award-winning illustrator John Parra for an exciting adventure as he introduces young visitors to his imaginative picture books including Round is a Tortilla, Green Is a Chili Pepper, Gracias/Thanks, Waiting for the Biblioburro, and his upcoming title, Marvelous Cornelius. Create your own books and illustrations in the studio! Then go on a self-guided hunt through the galleries.

This event is free with Museum admission, but registration is required. Register here.

A selection of Mr. Parra's books will be available for purchase in the The Met Store in the Ruth and Harold D. Uris Center. Mr. Parra will be signing books after the presentation. Preregistration is not required for the book-signing portion of this program.

Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. All are welcome; best for ages 3 and up. Direct any questions to

This event is made possible by the Friends of Watson Library at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Left:Green Is a Chili Pepper, written by Roseanne Greenfield Thong, illustrated by John Parra. Chronicle Books, © 2014. Used with permission from Chronicle Books, San Francisco. Visit Right: Photograph by Maria Cancel Parra

Free with Museum admission, but registration is required.

Tuesday, June 09, 2015


Join Toni Buzzeo and illustrator Jim Datz on a WHOSE TOOLS? blog tour this week! These are giveaways and fun stuff for Dad's Day!

June 8
Kid Lit Frenzy (interview + giveaway)

June 9
Writing for Kids (While Raising Them) (interview + giveaway)
June 10
The Children's Book Review (speed interview)

June 11
Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers (giveaway + guest post)

June 12
Wrapped In Foil Blog (review + activities)

Download free activity sheets and games at Toni Buzzeo's website, here.  

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