Monday, February 28, 2011

Updates and Downloads: Birthdays

This year, the little press that could, Tulika Books, turns 15! Known for its crow logo, its thoughtful, imaginative editors, its dedicated staff, and its books in many languages, Tulika has added voice and attitude to the children's publishing scene in India. In these fifteen years, they've done their bit to move the field beyond British and American reprints to the production of original work.

Also in the birthday department, Rukhsana Khan's little picture book with a big heart, Big Red Lollipop, has been gathering accolades. About greed, temptation, and the complicated relationships between siblings, set in the context of a birthday party, it's been awarded the 2011 Charlotte Zolotow Award for best picture book text. It was among the New York Times top ten illustrated books of 2010, and most recently, it's a Golden Kite winner in the picture book category. Betsy Bird says of it:
"This book packs a wallop, in part because of the art of Sophie Blackall, and in part because Khan has given us one of the best stories about forgiveness I’ve read in a very long time."
Finally, Michelle Knudsen of Library Lion fame celebrated her birthday with a book launch! Argus is about an egg project, a teacher with a focus, and a kid who has no idea what's in store for her, all set against the wildly wonderful dynamic of an elementary school classroom.  The illustrations, with AndrĂ©a Wesson’s light touch, extend and enrich the story, so that subtlety and humor help to incubate the theme of embracing difference.

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