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Noted author Ann Bausum will receive the Children's Book Guild of Washington D.C.'s Non-Fiction Award on Saturday April 29 at a luncheon at Clyde's restaurant. There will be an opportunity to purchase her books and have them signed as well as hear Ann talk about her work. The event is at Clyde's Gallery Place from noon to 3 p.m. . Tickets are $35 and may be ordered through the Guild web site childrensbookguild.org or by mail with a check to the guild c/o Terry Jennings, 1836 Post Oak Trail, Reston, Va. 20191.
Please note that three of our exceptional members are on the ALSC section of the American Library Association Ballot that should have been received by all ALA members. Kathie Meizer is on the ballot for ALSC Board, Theresa Cain is on the ballot for the Caldecott Committee and Sandra Eklund is on the ballot for the Newbery Committee.
Steptoe channels Basquiat’s chaotic energy and creative genius in a picture book biography honoring the artist’s spectacular rise and premature death. Vibrant colors hum on materials salvaged from Basquiat’s former haunts, and detailed end notes complement the simple, heartfelt narrative.
Over a hundred years ago, Mexican printmaker José Posada popularized the calaveras—skull images—now popular around the world. The illustrations mix Tonatiuh’s signature style inspired by ancient Mexican art with original Posada prints.
When editor Katherine Tegen visited with us last month she was very enthusiastic about Laura Elliott's new book, Da Vinci's Tiger, based on the painting: Leonardo's Ginevra de'Benci. Laura will be speaking about her book at the National Gallery of Art,the home of the painting, the only da Vinci permanently housed in the Americas. Join her Sunday Nov 8 at 2 p.m. and learn about this young, beautiful, witty subject an what inspired Laura to write the book.
The voice of curmudgeonly dragon Miss Drake is outstanding in this wonderful tale of magic, loss, and friendship. Despite different assumptions, Miss Drake thinks she has a new pet human while Winnie thinks she has a new pet dragon, a friendship is forged. Winnie is a talented artist whose drawings magically crawl off the page into an unsuspecting San Francisco. Will the two friends be able to corral the creatures? A great family listen.
Enchanting Chinese-style watercolors depict Wu Daozi’s decision to create shapes with his brush as a child rather than calligraphy. This T’ang Dynasty painter’s work was so real that its butterflies flew, camels raced, and dragons roared.
Dave, a nineteenth-century slave, made beautiful clay pots, on which he often inscribed poems. The simple prose and earth-toned watercolor and collage illustrations lovingly evoke his strong hands, his care, his craft, and some hidden secrets for readers to discover.
Bears can’t draw. At least, that’s what two patronizing gentlemen tell an aspiring ursine artist. Cubist-style illustrations, a gradually expanding palette, and sly visual details combine to celebrate the triumph of self-expression and creativity.