Thursday, September 18, 2014

Publishers Weekly Features Michaela DePrince -- A Dancer Recounts Her Journey



From African Orphanage to the International Stage: A Dancer Recounts Her Journey

Continue reading this feature in today's Publishers Weekly, herePre-order TAKING FLIGHT now, the hardcover edition will release from Knopf on October 14, 2014.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Join Lisa Congdon in Conversation with Design*Sponge today

Visit Lisa Congdon's website for more details on this and other ART INC events coming soon!

YOU ARE MY BABY GARDEN named a Parents magazine "Best Baby Book of All Time"!

PARENTS magazine names the "24 Best Baby Books of All Time"

Want baby to smile? Learn her shapes? Calm down before bed? Books can do it all! Check out these top baby board books for the under-1 set from the country's leading children's librarians.

Best of 2014

You Are My Baby: Garden


15.    You Are My Baby: Garden by Lorena Siminovich
The format is genius: A cutaway design divides this board book into two connected stories about garden animals. The sounds the critters make, like "crunchy-yum-yum," are adorable.

See the full list of Parents magazine "24 Best Baby Book of All Time" and tips for reading to baby, here.

Fill your bookshelves with colorful illustrations by Lorena Siminovich. Now available on Lorena's website: author/illustrator signed editions of Lorena's collection of wonderful books for children including the complete YOU ARE MY BABY series. Look for YOU ARE MY BABY PETS and YOU ARE MY BABY WOODLANDS just released this month from Chronicle Books.

Congratulations Lorena---love to see these adorable books in the hands of babies everywhere! 

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

MY BIBI ALWAYS REMEMBERS-- An Homage to Grandparents Featured on Disney Nerds

MY BIBI ALWAYS REMEMBERS is the most recent book by celebrated children’s author, Toni Buzzeo, and talented artist, Mike Wohnoutka.  Toni and Mike have partnered for two other children’s books published by Disney Press – Just Like My Papa and Stay Close to Mama which, like My Bibi Always Remembers, feature animals that can be found in Africa.  Toni is also an award-winning author of several other books including One Cool Friend which was named a Caldecott Honor book in 2013 along with numerous others she has penned.

Continue reading the complete Exclusive Interview with Toni Buzzeo on DISNEY NERDS, and visit the Author's website to dowload a free Grandparent's Day Card and Teacher Guide.


"The duo behind Stay Close to Mama and Just Like My Papa returns with another cross-generational animal story set in the African savanna. In both text and art, it’s a careful and effective balance of anthropomorphic warmth and real-world animal behavior."--Publishers Weekly
"With its catchy rhythm and finely crafted text and art, this book is perfect for group sharing."—School Library Journal
"Several phrases are repeated multiple times, creating a sense of continuity and rhythm along with reassurance that all will be well. Wohnoutka's lovely illustrations, in tans, purples and grays, convey the vastness of the setting, along with accurate depictions of the elephants and the other watchful animals.A gentle, loving picture of interaction among generations" --Kirkus Reviews

Friday, September 05, 2014

The Comadres and Compadres Writers Conference is on September 27th!

So proud to share the information for this year's conference! It's hard to believe that it's already our third! This is truly a labor of love for all involved, including this year's fabulous keynote speaker! Come join us at the only conference that focuses on helping Latino writers get published! You won't regret it! —Adriana

Las Comadres para las Americas – in collaboration with Medgar Evers College, CUNY:
National Black Writers Conference, the Center for Black Literature, the Foreign Language Department,and ALAS–Association for Latin American Studies – present:

Saturday, September 27, 2014, Medgar Evers College, Brooklyn, New York

Keynote Speaker: Esmeralda Santiago
New York Times best-selling author of Conquistadora (Knopf, 2011) and the contemporary classic memoir: When I Was Puerto Rican.

The 3nd Annual Comadres and Compadres Writers Conference, taking place at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn, will provide Latino writers with access to published Latino authors as well as agents and editors who have a proven track record of publishing Latino books. Panels cover a wide range of topics including Craft Workshop for Adult and Children’s Books, Fiction and Non-Fiction, Writing for Children and Young Adults, and Self Publishing.


For an additional fee, meet with an agent or editor! During the one-on-one session, you will receive valuable verbal feedback on your writing and its potential in the current publishing landscape.

Questions? Please contact Nora Comstock at

SPONSORS: Scholastic, Association of American Publishers, The Center for Black Literature, Adriana Dominguez, Medgar Evers College (The City University of New York), Marcela Landres, Latino Print Network

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

ART INC is out today!

 Thrilled to announce ART INC: The Essential Guide for Building Your Career As An Artist by Lisa Congdon, Edited by Meg Mateo Illasco is out in the world today! Take a peek at the Book Video here and visit Lisa Congdon's website to join the ART INC Blog Tour this week filled with interviews, studio tours, and giveaways!

Join CreativeLive for the Global Book Release and Author Interview with Lisa and Meg, here.

Early Praise for ART INC: The Essential Guide for Building Your Career As An Artist

"If you want to make a living as an artist, you better steal everything you can from this book."
-Austin Kleon, author of Steal Like An Artist

"Lisa Congdon has managed to debunk the outdated and toxic notion that making money and making art are diametrically opposed outcomes, attaining one of which invariably compromises the other-a primary source of crippling self-consciousness. She equips emerging artists with the necessary tools-from the psychological to the practical-for defining success by their own standards, then attaining it on their own terms."
-Maria Popova, founder and editor,

"Art, Inc. is a revelation. At long last, there is a resource to help creative people articulate their aesthetic values, successfully brand their business, and manage their artist's income. Congdon insightfully reveals everything it takes to create, build, and sustain a sound, strategic, profitable practice. If you are just entering the field, growing a young business, or nurturing a seasoned career, you will be inspired and motivated by this brilliant new book by one of today's most successful artists."
-Debbie Millman, president, Sterling Brands; chair, SVA Masters in Branding 

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