Tuesday, May 12, 2015

A Warm Welcome to Illustrator John Parra!

A warm welcome to our newest Full Circle client,  award-winning illustrator John Parra!

 John Parra is an illustrator, fine artist, designer, and educator, best known for his award-winning children’s books, including Green Is a Chile Pepper (written by Roseanne Greenfield Thong, Chronicle Books), Waiting for the Biblioburro (written by Monica Brown, Random House), and Gracias/Thanks (written by Pat Mora, Lee & Low). He has received many awards and honors including two Pura Belpré Honors for Illustration from the American Library Association, The Américas Award Commended Title, The SCBWI Golden Kite Award, and The Christopher Award, among many others. 

His forthcoming book, Marvelous Cornelius: Hurricane Katrina and the Spirit of New Orleans (written by Phil Bildner, Chronicle Books) will be published in summer 2015 coinciding with the 10-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. In June 2015, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York will present a special storytime event about his work in art and illustration. John will be honored at the Pura Belpré Celebracion at the ALA 2015 Conference in San Francisco.  

Visit in the studio with John Parra in this wonderful interview by fellow FCL artist Lila Quintero Weaver for Latin@s in Kids Lit, here.

Visit  John on the web and view his Portfolios, here

John Parra Recent Awards and Honors:

·      2015 Pura Belpré Honor for Illustration for Green Is a Chile Pepper written by Roseanne Greenfield Thong

·      2015 Notable Children's Book Award by the American Library Association for Green Is a Chile Pepper written by Roseanne Greenfield Thong

·      2014 International Latino Book Awards: Green Is a Chile Pepper written by Roseanne Greenfield Thong and Round Is a Tortilla written by Roseanne Greenfield Thong

·      2012 The Christopher Award for Best Books for Young People for Waiting for the Biblioburro written by Monica Brown

·      2010 - The Golden Kite Award by the Society of Children Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) for Gracias/Thanks written by Pat Mora

·      2010 Pura Belpré Honor for Illustration for Gracias/ Thanks written by Pat Mora

Monday, May 11, 2015

THE NEW BOHEMIANS hits the NYT Bestseller List!

Super exciting weekend news: Justina Blakeney's THE NEW BOHEMIANS hit The New York Times Bestseller List! See the NYT here. Visit Justina on the web here and follow her on twitter and instagram @justinablakeney.

Big congratulations and big hugs Justina!!


Age Range: 8 - 12 


A 12-year-old boy is given the power to change the tide of the Revolutionary War.

In June 1781, America’s push for independence looks bleak. British forces are rampaging across the Colonies, devastating towns, executing Patriot dissidents, and destroying homes. The dollar is worthless, the Continental Army is in shambles, and the people are beginning to doubt a victory is even possible. But when William Tuck is entrusted with a secret message that could change the tide of the war, he does not falter. He is joined in his quest by 16-year-old Rebecca Townsend, who helps him understand the language of spies. Together they must travel more than 300 miles to New York, where Gen. George Washington is encamped, ready to engage the British forces. The familiar events and historical figures surrounding the birth of the United States are made personal in this riveting story of one boy’s unparalleled courage. While the focus is on the bravery of the men and women who fought for independence, Pierpoint makes it clear that even an honorable war is brutal. Slavery, lynchings, and tarring and feathering are just a few of the atrocities explored. An afterword contextualizes the factual information contained in the story.

Richly detailed and exhilarating. (Adventure. 8-12)

Read the complete review in the June 1 issue of KIRKUS REVIEWS here. Visit Eric on the web, here.

Monday, May 04, 2015

Penny Warner Awarded Agatha Award for the Second Time!

We are over the moon to announce for the second time Penny Warner has been awarded the prestigious Agatha Award in the Best Children's/Young Adult Novel category for The Code Busters Club #4: The Mummy's Curse. The annual Agatha Awards honor the "traditional" mystery, that is books best typified by the works of Agatha Christie.

We're also excited to share the news the Lerner Books has acquired CODE BUSTERS CLUB series from Egmont and Penny is thrilled to be part of the Lerner family. 

Penny Warner's Code Busters #2: The Haunted Light House was the Winner of the 2012 Agatha Award. This is the fourth time Penny Warner's Code Buster Club books have been nominated for the Agatha Award.

Winners were announced this weekend  at the 2014 Agatha Awards Banquet on May 2 in Washington DC. Visit Penny's CODE BUSTERS CLUB website for more information about the Code Busters series, join the Club and more. See this School Library Journal feature on CODE BUSTERS CLUB for Science + Lit Resources for the Collaborative Summer Library Program.

Congratulations Penny!

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Welcome to The New Bohemian Revolution!

We've been keeping up with Justina Blakeney's events, instagram/ twitter/ pinterest buzz, blog tour and more with the exciting launch of THE NEW BOHEMIANS from Abrams this month. We're thrilled to see it on *#1 BESTSELLER* Lists in Interior Design, Do-It-Yourself, and Decorating! For the second year, Domino recently named Justina's blog a "Top Design Blog" and hailed: "she’s created a whole new decorating term: the new bohemian".

We're sharing highlights and blog tour details here --- follow Justina Blakeney here and here. Come on along and join The New Boho Revolution!

 The New Bohemians is definitely my favorite new book of 2015. . .I think this is destined to be the most read, loved, Instagrammed and ‘photographed on people’s coffee tables’ book of the year, so if you’re looking for some new inspiration for spring decorating, check out Justina’s new book.”

--Grace Bonney, Design*Sponge

Read the complete Design*Sponge book review here. 

Follow #TheNewBohoBook blog tour as Justina shares insight about her book, amazing design tips, and her signature New Boho style, see full details on Justina's blog here. There are also giveaways!

Making it Lovely  4/14/2015
Decor8 4/15/2015
Honestly WTF 4/16/2015
Coco+Kelly 4/17/2015
Style by Emily Henderson 4/20/2015
Apt 34 4/21/2015
Happy Mundane 4/22/2015
The House Lars Built 4/23/2015
Jessica Comingore 4/24/2015
Poppytalk 4/27/2015
Smile & Wave 4/28/2015
In Honor of Design 4/29/2015
Fly Girl 4/30/2015
Jojotastic 5/1/2015
Moon to Moon 5/4/2015
Happy Interior Blog 5/5/2015
Transcontinental Affair 5/6/2015
The Sweetest Occasion 5/7/2015

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

WEEDS FIND A WAY named a NCTE Notable Children's Book

WEEDS FIND A WAY written by Cindy Jenson-Elliott, illustrated by Carolyn Fisher (Beach Lane/Simon & Schuster) has been named a NCTE Notable Children's Books in the Language Arts by the National Council of Teachers of English. The winners will be celebrated at the NCTE National Convention, November 22-23, 2015 in National Harbor, Maryland.

See the full list of 30 award winners, here. Learn more about the book and download a free Teacher's Guide, here. Congratulations Cindy and Carolyn!

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