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Julie Fromme Fortenberry is a children's book illustrator. She has a Master of Fine Arts from Hunter College in New York. Julie has exhibited her abstract paintings in New York galleries, and museums including the Whitney Museum of American Art. Her work has been reviewed in The Christian Science Monitor, and the New York Times. Her clients include Highlights, and Harcourt Education.
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1. Maira

I love the easy way Maira Kalman moves from goofy to profound. Her paintings are both childlike and realistic. And she never hedges her bets with color. Some of the landscapes in her picture book biography of Thomas Jefferson remind me of a Candy Land board game—in a good way. Thomas Jefferson: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Everything channels the curiosity and intelligence of Jefferson himself. 

Her newest books, Ah-ha to Zig Zag  and My Favorite Things are timed to coincide with the December 12th opening of the renovated Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum and the exhibit Maira Kalman Selects

"Kalman was free to choose any random pieces from the museum’s rich and varied collection, and then paint, draw, and riff on each one from a personal perspective," writes Steven Heller about the upcoming exhibit. See Mr. Heller's article here: www.theatlantic.com/entertainment.

Hardcover40 pages
Published January 7th 2014, Nancy Paulsen Books
  • ISBN-10: 0399240403
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399240409

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Ruth Paul's soft pencil and water-color pictures tell the story of a lovable troublemaker, Flash—a character kids will identify with. 

With simple rhyme and rhythm, BAD DOG FLASH works beautifully as both a beginning reader and a storytime book. And kudos to the designer who came up with the fun endpapers and dust jacket.

To see more of Ruth Paul's charming artwork visit http://ruthpaul.co.nz

  • ISBN-13: 9781492601531
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/7/2014
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 3 - 8 Years

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4. Claudia Marie Lenart

I'm a huge fan of dioramas. I love those 3-D illustrations in the Hans Christian Andersen Golden Books with the lenticular covers.

Recently I received a letter from artist Claudia Marie Lenart about her latest book written by Jewel Kats and released to coincide with Down Syndrome Awareness Month.

Claudia's felt sculpture just blew me away.

Below are a couple of her illustrations. Claudia also has an Etsy page full of enchanting felt animals.

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5. Jazz album covers by David Stone Martin

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7. An open letter to the self-published author feeling dissed, from Roger Sutton


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8. Once In A Lifetime

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9. A generous witch is repaid for her kindness

Recently I received a copy of ROOM ON THE BROOM by Julia Donaldson, pictures by Axel Scheffler. (First published in 2001.) Donaldson is an expert storyteller. Her website states that she really enjoys writing in verse, and her enjoyment shows.

ROOM ON THE BROOM is a musical romp, perfect for story time or quiet inspection. Scheffler's illustrations are simple and rich at the same time. I loved the detailed landscapes and characters, especially the not-too-scary red dragon.  Great fun.

  • ISBN-13: 9780803726574
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years

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10. Charlotte Voake

Three delightfully illustrated books by English artist Charlotte Voake

see our previous post on Charlotte here...

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11. Friday Roundup —

10 Beautifully Animated Illustrations

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12. The Smallest Girl

Hardly anyone noticed young Sally McCabe.
She was the smallest girl in the smallest grade.

Shelley and I are big fans of Christian Robinson, so I was delighted to receive a copy of THE SMALLEST GIRL IN THE SMALLEST GRADE illustrated by Mr. Robinson and written by Justin Roberts.

THE SMALLEST GIRL will resonate with anyone who has felt ignored. Day after day tiny Sally McCabe surveys the schoolyard without a single person seeing her. Little do they know that Sally possess special powers—not the standard type of super powers, but the powers of observation and compassion. She goes unnoticed until the day she raises her voice in the lunchroom: "I'm tired of seeing this terrible stuff. Stop hurting each other! This is enough!"

The message of the book is front and center. Roberts's rhyme adds some bounce, and Robinson's simple colorful shapes and faces add humor and a sophisticated sense of style.

Hardcover40 pages
Published September 2014 by Putnam Juvenile 
0399257438 (ISBN13: 9780399257438)

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13. The Noisy Paint Box

(I just sat next Mary GrandPré at a SCBWI book signing. Why didn't I get someone to take our picture? I am the dumbest blogger ever.)

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14. A Shift of Perspective

Madame Martine lives a solitary life of safe routine. And that’s how she likes it, until the day she adopts a bit of chaos in the form of a “very small, very wet, very dirty dog.” When the adorable mutt gets away from her, the chase leads to the top of the Eiffel Tower—a place Martine has avoided (believing it was a tourist-trap and “a waste of time”). A luminous panorama of Paris at dusk changes Martine's thinking.

Straightaway, the cover of Madam Martine conveys Brannen’s finesse with watercolors. The city at twilight, the intricate metal work of the Eiffel Tower, and even a simple yellow bedspread have a translucent, delicate quality. Brannen’s light touch is perfect for telling this sweet story of an old woman’s new appreciation for life in Paris.

To see more of Sarah S. Brannen's work visit: http://sarahbrannen.yellapalooza.com

Madame Martine
Sarah S. Brannen 

Published 2014
Age Levels: 4-7,
Pages: 32
9.00" x 9.00"
Illustrations: Full color

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15. Ivy and Bean the Musical

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16. Dot Day-- September 15

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17. Get Ready for The Dahlicious Dress Up Day - 26th September 2014


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18. Kveta Pacovska

 Czech illustrator extraordinaire Kveta Pacovská's beautiful 'Alphabet' pop-up book...

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19. Star Stuff: Carl Sagan and the Mysteries of the Cosmos from Roaring Brook Press

New book from Stephanie Roth Sisson!

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20. Shel Silverstein on "The Johnny Cash Show"

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21. Library of Congress National Book Festival Saturday, August 30, 2014

at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center
more info HERE
poster by Bob Staake
Download beautiful posters (from 2001 to 2014)  HERE

poster by Rafael Lopez

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22. Jim Henson's Journals

'Imagination Illustrated', the delightful journals of Jim Henson, published by Chronicle Books...
Imagination Illustrated

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23. Inspired Non-fiction by Jessie Hartland

Learn more about Jessie Hartland at www.jessiehartland.com

(True story, my husband's signature is inside this Sphinx.)

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24. Lizi Boyd

visit http://liziboyd.com

To read an interview with Ms. Boyd and Roger Sutton visit http://www.hbook.com/2013/07/talks-with-roger/lizi-boyd-talks-with-roger/

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25. Meet the Author/Illustrator column

I wrote a short column for the September/October issue of Knowledge Quest. Visit the Children’s Book Council (http://www.cbcbooks.org/about/knowledge-quest/) to read my column and previous Meet the Author/Illustrator columns.  

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