Friday, February 19, 2010

Women's History Month

Did you know that Women’s History Month is observed during March? The illustrator of our own DOWN IN THE SUBWAY has gone above and beyond in organizing a series of events for the month. Rather than focusing on the women of the distant past, Melanie Hope Greenberg has put together a series of events that focus on six contemporary women who are author-illustrators. (They are also all Brooklynites, but that’s another story.)

After an opening event on March 4th at Superfine (where their artwork will remain on display for two weeks) Selina Alko, Miriam Cohen, Pat Cummings, Melanie Hope Greenberg, Aileen Leijten, and Meghan McCarthy will be at independent bookstores around Brooklyn to read, sign books, and talk about their work.

Of this impressive roster, both Miriam Cohen and Melanie Hope Greenberg have published with Star Bright Books. They collaborated on the magical DOWN IN THE SUBWAY and Miriam has published more than a dozen additional titles here, including the indispensable ‘We Love First Grade!’ series. (When I was teaching, I couldn’t start the school year without additional copies of WILL I HAVE A FRIEND for families to borrow.)

We’re thrilled to be part of this celebration and hope that you’ll celebrate with these women, too—come to an event, stop by your local library or bookstore and pick up a book, visit their websites, send them a note…but above all, be inspired by what women are contributing to the contemporary history of art and literature for children and families.

You can find the complete schedule of events here.

The participating venues are:
Greenlight Bookstore
P.S. Bookshop

Friday, February 12, 2010

Happy February!

Despite the truncated calendar page, some people claim that February feels like the longest month! Around here, we revel in the fact that the cold weather gives us a good excuse to curl up at home with a favorite book. We invite you to do the same—fix a cup of cocoa, gather a few of our titles, wrap up in your favorite blanket and enjoy!


It’s a belated announcement, but we're happy to share that The Oppenheim Toy Portfolio has honored two books from our 'Babies Everywhere' series. CARRY ME was granted a Platinum Award and EATING THE RAINBOW was honored with both Gold and SNAP (Special Needs Adaptable Product) Awards. You can find more details here.


Gung Hay Fat Choy! As you welcome the Year of the Tiger this Chinese New Year, don’t forget that we have translated a number of our books into Chinese (both Simplified and Traditional)

When a very large baby is left on the steps of Town Hall, the villagers decide to raise the girl as their own. Oversized, but not under loved, Valentine wonders if there’s a match for her anywhere in the world. Lorna Balian’s A SWEETHEART FOR VALENTINE is a tall tale about finding true love— no matter your size.

Miriam Cohen asks readers to BEE MY VALENTINE when she returns to First Grade with Jim and his classmates. From the teacher’s announcement about exchanging cards to celebratory cupcakes, no preparations for the holiday are overlooked!

Set in the Bayou, TROSCLAIR AND THE ALLIGATOR is the perfect read to get you in the mood for Mardi Gras. Trosclair and his dog have the courage to explore the swamp, but will they have the smarts to outwit Gargantua, the alligator who has been keeping everyone at bay?

Happy Reading, Everyone!