ADA'S VIOLIN just won a Flora Steiglitz Straus Award from the Bank Street Center for Children's Literature, alongside Congressman John Lewis's MARCH and Caren Stelson's SACHIKO. The award is given annually to "a distinguished work of nonfiction which serves as an inspiration to young people." As a long-time fan of Bank Street, this recognition means the world to me. Heartfelt thanks to the Children's Book Committee!
I've always been a fan of Candlewick Press so I'm thrilled to announce DOUBLE TAKE, my first Candlewick picture book coming next spring.
REVIEWS AND INTERVIEWS
Loved talking with bloggers over the past few months. Here's a tip of the hat to them for all they do to connect kids and books!
And many thanks to the bloggers below for these marvelous reviews! (Click on the links to see the full reviews.)
About ADA'S VIOLIN
from the June CBC Diversity Newsletter
"With each reading the richness of Susan Hood's use of language increases in this nonfiction narrative. Research and interviews revealed personal and specific details which she includes in her concert of words; quotations, spoken Spanish and the insertion of sound effects adding to the authenticity. Hood clearly represents the physical living conditions of life in Cateura but also describes the generosity of spirit found in the people highlighted in this title. ... The design in a word is stunning. The blend of textures, images, light and shadows and individual items literally takes your breath away." ...one of my favorite nonfiction books of 2016. —Margie Myers, Librarian's Quest
"with practice, hard work, determination, and pride, they go farther beyond their wildest dreams ever imagined. Susan Hood tells their story wonderfully, coupled with Sally Wern Comport’s illustrations. You'll want a copy of your own." —Dylan Teut, Mile High Reading
"A must-purchase book for all ages." —Proseandkahn
"This picture book is a celebration of the way that hope can change lives, and it is sure to inspire young readers to believe in their own dreams no matter now impossible they may seem." —Mackin Books in Bloom
"Families live in poverty all over the world. The story, Ada's Violin, allows readres to empathize with their lives and witness their fight against such undesirable conditions. In this story, we are witness to the power of courage, community, and creativity to overcome insurmountable odds." —Keila Dawson, Perfect Picture Book Friday
"I love stories like this one because they remind me that no matter how ugly the world can get, there is still hope. A beautifully told, truly inspiring true story about the impact that one person or small group of people can have on the world around them." —Geo Librarian
About LEAPS AND BOUNCE
Buttons designed by Leaps and Bounce illustrator Matthew Cordell
"... you will be smiling from beginning to end. The words and pictures are full of a zest for growing and living. I have not had quite this much fun reading about frogs since I first read Tuesday by David Wiesner." — Margie Myers, Librarian's Quest!
"The theme of embracing and celebrating change was prevalent through the text and art of this book. Children face many changes and challenges as they grow up, and we can either teach them to embrace it, or run away from it. This book encourages readers to fully embrace and jubilate in changes that take place." —Dylan Teut, Mile High Reading
"Acclaimed author Susan Hood joyfully explores the developmental amphibian cycle in Leaps and Bounce, a jazzy riff on the "growing by leaps and bounds" adage. The text's rhythm and rhyme brings "bounce" to each page and invites readers to take the next page turn "leap". Award-winning illustrator Matthew Cordell's art perfectly mimics the exhuberant words. Destined to become a can't-miss sure-fire hit!" —Reading Style Guide
INTERVIEW AND SNEAK PEEKS FOR THE YEAR AHEAD
Happy to talk with Dylan Teut, Plum Creek Children's Literacy Festival Director, Adjunct Professor of Education at Concordia University, Nebraska, children's book lover and all-around great guy on "Mile High Reading!" See his interview here.
TWO NEW BOOKS
This March, just in time for spring peepers, LEAPS AND BOUNCE hops in from Hyperion with illustrator Matthew Cordell. Matt and I collaborated on ROOTING FOR YOU and I'm excited to be teaming up again. Kirkus called this rhyming read-aloud about frog metamorphosis "a joyful, energetic celebration of growing up."
Then in May, Simon and Schuster will be publishing my very first nonfiction picture book. ADA'S VIOLIN tells the true story of the Recycled Orchestra of Paraguay, which was profiled on 60 Minutes and is the subject of the Landfill Harmonic, a documentary whose trailer went viral last year. With gorgeous collage illustrations by Sally Wern Comport, the book will be released in both English and Spanish editions.
School Library Journal notes that one in four children in the United States is Hispanic and yet "the Latino market continues to be underrepresented." Muchas gracias, SLJ, for counting ADA'S VIOLIN as one of nine new books deemed "truly worthy and recommended for the shelves of every public and school library."
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