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Thursday, February 14, 2013

A Splash of Red: the Life and Art of Horace Pippin, written by Jen Bryant, illustrated by Melissa Sweet

Harold the Hedgehog

Hello dear readers! I'm back with another review for artistes and thinkers alike! Today I bring you an artist biography:  A Splash of Red: the Life and Art of Horace Pippin, written by Jen Bryant, and illustrated by Melissa Sweet, Caldecott Honor-winning illustrator of A River of Words!
     Horace Pippin began drawing when he was very young; letting the things he saw day-to-day come alive on paper. He drew pictures for his family, his friends and the people he worked with. He served bravely in France during World War I, returning home with an injured arm. After that, it wasn’t easy to take up drawing again, but Horace practiced diligently until his arm was strong enough to create – he simply could not give up! 
Horace remained active in his community his whole life: helping his neighbors, working, and making beautiful paintings for display.
This book is a great reflection of Horace Pippin’s life and work. The illustrations are a combination of many different colors and mediums, just as Horace would use charcoal, pencils, paint… whatever he could find! Within this book are a wide variety of scenes, just as Horace’s artwork showed everything from daily life, Bible tales, war scenes and historical tales. The warm, expressive text draws the reader in, summarizing Horace Pippin’s remarkable life with grace and care. I simply loved this book!

Saturday, February 2, 2013

And the Winners Are...

Max the Meerkat
Greetings book buddies! The Newbery Medal, Coretta Scott King Book Awards and Randolph Caldecott Medal winners for 2013 have been announced! See the winners below, along with YOUR favorite illustrated books and some of ours!

Newbery Medal

Newbery 2013 Medal winner for the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children:
Three Newbery Honor Books were also named:
Coretta Scott King Book Awards

 Coretta Scott King Book Awards for outstanding African American authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults:
2013 Author Award winner:
2013 Illustrator Award winner:
  • I, Too, Am America illustrated by Bryan Collier, written by Langston Hughes (E Hughes) 
2013 Author Honor:
  • Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson, illustrated by E.B. Lewis (E Woodson)
2013 Illustrator Honor:
  • Ellen’s Broom illustrated by Daniel Minter, written by Kelly Starling Lyons (E Lyons)
  • H.O.R.S.E.: A Game of Basketball and Imagination illustrated and written by Christopher Myers
  • I Have a Dream illustrated by Kadir Nelson, written by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (J 323.1196 King)
Randolph Caldecott  Medal

Randolph Caldecott 2013 Medal winner for the most distinguished American picture book for children:

Five Caldecott Honor Books were also named:
  • Creepy Carrots! illustrated by Peter Brown, written by Aaron Reynolds  (E Reynolds)
  • Extra Yarn illustrated by Jon Klassen, written by Mac Barnett  (E Barnettt)
  • Green illustrated and written by Laura Vaccaro Seeger  (E Seeger)
  • One Cool Friend illustrated by David Small, written by Toni Buzzeo  (E Buzzeo)
Our Favorites! Some of us were also particularly fond of the illustrations in the following books:
  • I Have a Dream illustrated by Kadir Nelson, written by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (J 323.1196 King)
Your Favorites! We asked you your favorite illustrated books of all time and this is what you told us:

Picture Books and Easy Readers:
  • Find the Kitten illustrated by Stephen Cartwright by Felicity Brooks (E Brooks)
  • Little Bear illustrated by Maurice Sendak, written by Else Holmelund Minarik (J 428.6 Minarik)
  • The Ugly Duckling adapted and illustrated by Jerry Pinkney, originally by Hans Christian Andersen (J 398 Andersen)
 Chapter Books:
  • The BFG illustrated by Quentin Blake, written by Roald Dahl (J Dahl)
  • Magic Tree House series, illustrated by Sal Murdocca, written by Mary Pope Osborne (J Osborne) 
Graphic Novels:
  • Redwall : the Graphic Novel illustrated by Bret Blevins ; written by Brian Jacques ; adapted by Stuart Moore ; lettering by Richard Starkings (J 741.5 Jacques)