Monday, August 31, 2015

First-ever Picture Book Summit features our own Adriana Dominguez!



Join picture book authors, editors, and agents for the first-ever Picture Book Summit, a live workshop on October 3 designed for picture book writers and illustrators at every level. Registrants can check out sessions on topics ranging from craft to social media, with everything tailored to picture books.

Our own Adriana Dominguez will be one of four agents featured at the event during the afternoon agent interviews!

Picture Book Summit is an all-day online webinar broadcast – you can just log in, sit back, and listen! From a live keynote with Peter Brown to editor and agent interviews, Picture Book Summit 2015 is an in-depth look at picture book publishing today.

Learn more about the digital event on the Picture Book Summit website or register now!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

MARVELOUS CORNELIUS: HURRICANE KATRINA AND THE SPIRIT OF NEW ORLEANS debuts on Katrina Anniversary

Marvelous Cornelius sweeps the streets clean and turns cleaning up garbage into a show – but a storm unlike any other is a job that’s a bit too big even for him. This modern-day folktale tells the story of a real-life garbage man who inspired an entire community in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.


Marvelous Cornelius: Hurricane Katrina and the Spirit of New Orleans by Phil Bildner, illustrated by John Parra (Chronicle Books)

In New Orleans, there lived a man who saw the streets as his calling, and he swept them clean. He danced up one avenue and down another and everyone danced along. The old ladies whistled and whirled. The old men hooted and hollered. The barbers, bead twirlers, and beignet bakers bounded behind that one-man parade. But then came the rising Mississippi—and a storm greater than anyone had seen before. In this heartwarming book about a real garbage man, Phil Bildner and John Parra tell the inspiring story of a humble man and the heroic difference he made in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

"Based on a real individual, this picture book dazzles with a tall-tale-style telling, vivid folk-art paintings, and indomitable élan."---School Library Journal 

MARVELOUS CORNELIUS was named an Amazon Editor's Pick of the Month and received a starred review from ShelfAwareness! Read more about the inspiration for this book on Chronicle Books Blog guest post by author Phil Bildner, here.

John Parra is an award-winning illustrator, designer, teacher, and fine art painter. His books have earned starred reviews, the SCBWI Golden Kite Award for illustration, and an International Latino Book Award. Learn more about books illustrated by John Parra and view his Portfolio, here.


Monday, August 17, 2015

A PASSION FOR ELEPHANTS featured on Animal Planet

ANIMAL PLANET recommends: Five Elephant-Themed Books for Your Young Conservationist


Dial Books for Young Readers


Learn all about field scientist Cynthia Moss, the elephant expert, in this book carefully crafted by Toni Buzzeo and colorfully illustrated by Holly Berry. If you have a kiddo interested in science and animals, this book will give them a glimpse of the life of an expert in the field - all with a visually appealing background. (5-8 years)Learn all about field scientist Cynthia Moss, the elephant expert, in this book carefully crafted by Toni Buzzeo and colorfully illustrated by Holly Berry. If you have a kiddo interested in science and animals, this book will give them a glimpse of the life of an expert in the field - all with a visually appealing background. (5-8 years)

Click here to continue reading the feature on ANIMAL PLANET. Find out more about Toni Buzzeo and her latest picture books, here

Thursday, August 13, 2015

AUTHOR INTERVIEW: Monica Brown on her new picture book

Lee & Low interviews Monica Brown about her new picture book, MAYA'S BLANKET / LA MANTA DE MAYA, illustrated by Caldecott Award-winning artist David Diaz. Available for pre-order now, the book will release on September 1st. A beautiful poster is also available from Lee & Low!

Monica reflects on her childhood rituals and inspirations for sharing stories with children. Read the complete interview on Lee & Low blog, here. Enjoy!

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!



 

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