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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. Thanks for the lovely book signing!

Thank you to Alazar Press and Flyleaf Books. And thank you to the parents and kids who attended. You can read about the event and a bookstore tradition that you can start with your children here: Princesses & Art: A Signing with Julie Fortenberry

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2. Help the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression


Dear ABFFE Supporters,
 We have received some beautiful artwork and are now ready to start promoting our holiday children's book art auction. Would you please help us spread the word?  We have some promotional cards: one is a business card (front/back) and the other is a postcard (front/back).   The postcard size works well as a counter display with the business cards beside it for customers to take. Non-booksellers might enjoy the business card size since it fits well into wallets.  Please email me at inessa@abffe.org and let me know how many of each you would like as well as your shipping address.
If you are an artist and would still like to donate, there is still time! Click here for the donation form. 
Thanks so much for your help,
Inessa.


American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression 19 Fulton Street, Suite 407New York, NY 10038 (212) 587-4025 www.abffe.org

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3. The Bed Book

Sylvia Plath's children’s book, illustrated by Quentin Blake: 

http://www.brainpickings.org/2013/04/04/the-bed-book-sylvia-plath-quentin-blake/

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4. The hour the animals talk




Illustration by Helen Cann from MANGER, jpeg found at eerdword.wordpress.com


MANGER

Lee Bennett Hopkins has compiled fifteen poems by thirteen poets about the magical hour on Christmas Eve when all animals can talk. 

After an introductory poem written by Hopkins, thirteen species—including fish and a spider—tell their story about seeing the Baby Jesus for the first time. The horse is so moved he can’t speak, the cow moos a lullaby, the spider weaves a gift of a cobweb crown. The last poem is from the second stanza of The Friendly Beasts, a folk song. 

Helen Cann’s lovingly detailed artwork (watercolor and mixed media) add to the warm traditional feel of the collection, and create, with the sound of the poems, a book to carefully relish. Endpapers depicting characters from the text—like so many Eerdmans titles—add something extra to pore over after reading the book. 

MANGER is a picture book that looks, sounds and feels like a Christmas classic.


Eerdmans Books for Young Readers
HARDCOVER; Published: 9/1/2014
ISBN: 978-0-8028-5419-3
34 Pages
Ages 4 to 8
Trim Size, in inches: 8.54 X 10.43

See more of Helen Cann's work here: http://www.helencann.co.uk

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5. Celebrating the Harvest Season


An equinox occurs when the center of the sun appears directly over the equator and shines equally on both the northern and southern parts of the earth.

We Gather Together: Celebrating the Harvest Season

I am a fan of Linda Bleck's warm and colorful illustration. In We Gather Together: Celebrating the Harvest Season, Bleck depicts a cozy world reminiscent of that in Little Golden Books and books by Lois Lenski. The book opens with adorable fox pups and a cute black bear. The illustrations of farm workers have a childlike simplicity.

Very young children will be drawn to the pictures. But the amount of information makes this introduction to the fall equinox a picture book for first grade and above. 

We Gather Together is a nice blend of science and culture, with an "Equinox" corn muffin recipe, simple cultural and science activities, and a list of harvest festivals from around the world included.

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6. 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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7. BAD DOG FLASH

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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8. OCT 25 @ FLYLEAF BOOKS!



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9. 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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10. Jazz album covers by David Stone Martin

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11. 5 THINGS TO DO WHEN YOU HAVEN'T HEARD BACK FROM AN EDITOR OR AGENT:

THE ART OF FOLLOWING UP

https://elizabeth-law.squarespace.com/blog/2014/9/30/the-art-of-following-up-5-things-to-do-when-you-havent-heard-back-from-an-editor-or-agent

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

http://www.hbook.com/2014/09/blogs/read-roger/open-letter-self-published-author-feeling-dissed/






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13. Once In A Lifetime

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14. 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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15. Charlotte Voake

Three delightfully illustrated books by English artist Charlotte Voake




see our previous post on Charlotte here...

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16. Friday Roundup —


10 Beautifully Animated Illustrations

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17. 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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18. 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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19. 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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20. 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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21. Kveta Pacovska


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

kveta pakovska, alphabet book
kveta pakovska, alphabet 1kveta pakovska 3kveta pakovska 2

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



http://www.roalddahl.com/charity/fundraising-and-events/dahlicious-dress-up-day

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23. Dot Day-- September 15

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24. Ivy and Bean the Musical


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25. 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 

Hardcover
9780807549056 
Published 2014
Age Levels: 4-7,
Pages: 32
9.00" x 9.00"
Illustrations: Full color

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