COVER REVEAL: Mariana Llanos’ Eunice and Kate

I was truly honored to be invited by Penny Candy Books to participate in the cover reveal of the brilliant Mariana Llanos‘ upcoming picture book Eunice and Kate. I’m sure you will find Elena Napoli‘s illustrations as fun and inviting as I do.
This sweet story is scheduled for release February 11, 2020, which is National Make a Friend Day! It’s a fitting release date, since the story is about two friends and neighbors with a lot in common, including moms who struggle to pay the bills while also filling their homes with love and laughter!
Even though Eunice and Kate share many experiences, the girls have distinct personalities and dreams. In fact, conflict arises when both girls fail to acknowledge and celebrate what makes the other unique.
The story provides a valuable lesson about appreciating difference. It also subtly represents urban living and working class experiences usually absent from children’s picture books.

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Koja Adeyoha and Angel Adeyoha’s 47,000 Beads (2017)

47k small47,000 Beads (2017), written by Koja Adeyoha and Angel Adeyoha and illustrated by Holly McGillis, is a Flamingo Rampant publication about a child named Peyton who does not want to participate in her community pow wows because she isn’t comfortable wearing a dress. Her Auntie Eyota acknowledges Peyton’s feelings and works with family and community to help Peyton connect with her cultural traditions while creating an identity she is comfortable claiming. Continue reading

AMPLIFY: Kaitlin Kamalei Jenkins @ Colorful Pages

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My name is Jennifer Miller and I blog about children’s books at Raise Them Righteous. I recently started a new project on my blog – AMPLIFY – to boost blogs and bloggers that I love and am excited to support. Today I’m featuring Kaitlin Kamalei Jenkins‘s website Colorful Pages. Her website & blog have it all – author interviews, lesson plans, book reviews – oh my! Colorful Pages is a great resource for educators & parents – check it out! Continue reading

Johnny Valentine’s The Duke Who Outlawed Jelly Beans (1991)

Duke Who Outlawed Jelly Beans and Other StoriesThe Duke Who Outlawed Jelly Beans (1991), written by Johnny Valentine and illustrated by Lynette Schmidt, is an early Alyson Wonderland publication full of whimsy and charm.

The first story, “The Frog Prince,” is about a boy, Nicholas, who discovers a talking frog. The frog informs Nicholas he is really a prince and needs to be kissed to be transformed back into his true form. Nicholas begrudgingly plants a kiss on the frog and it does, in fact, transform into a prince. The prince explains that his parents could be cruel and as punishment for a minor offense had  permitted a wizard to experiment on him. Continue reading

Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell’s And Tango Makes Three (2005)

And Tango Makes Three (Classic Board Books)And Tango Makes Three (2005), written by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell and illustrated by Henry Cole, is a Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers publication. The book is based on an event that took place at Central Park Zoo. Two male penguins, Roy and Silo, raised a chick together. It made the American Library Association’s most banned book list eight times between 2006 and 20017, in the years 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2014, and 2017. Censors, most often moralistic parents, were and continue to be concerned that the book is homosexual propaganda.

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