Here’s to the end of 2015, everybody. I hope you’ve had a satisfying year, and that no matter how well things have gone, it’s wrapping up for you on a positive note.
If you’re reading this, you’re one of the reasons I feel so fortunate to be doing what I do. Thank you for taking an interest in me and my books.
And if you’re someone who has taken the time to publicly recognize or celebrate or validate the work done by authors of books for kids, thank you especially for that. It makes a difference to us, and I know I’m not the only one who appreciates your efforts.
To close out the year here at Bartography, I want to recognize, celebrate, and validate those efforts by sharing with my readers a few of the kind gestures that folks have made toward my work recently.
If you follow these links, I hope you’ll look around a bit and see what other books have caught their eyes. Maybe you’ll discover your first favorite read of 2016…
- Holiday History in Chris Barton’s ‘Nutcracker Comes to America’
- Christmas Chaos in Jennifer Ziegler’s ‘Revenge of the Angels’
Michele Knott at Mrs. Knott’s Book Nook generously spotlighted all of my picture books and then named Attack! Boss! Cheat Code! A Gamer’s Alphabet to her list of My Favorite Nonfiction Picture Books from 2015
Public Libraries Online featured An Interview with Troy Cummings, illustrator of my text for our upcoming Mighty Truck series
The Amazing Age of John Roy Lynch was…
- named to the New York Public Library’s annual selection of 100 notable titles for reading and sharing
- selected as one of the Top 10 Picture Book Picks for 2015 by University of Pennsylvania professor Ebony Elizabeth Thomas
- picked by the Chicago Public Library as one of the Best Informational Books for Younger Readers of 2015
- included on Reading Is Fundamental’s list of 2015 Books of the Year
- listed among the Denver Public Library’s Holiday Gift Guide: Books for Kids & Teens
- named a runner-up for Best Biography on the Huffington Post’s list of Best Picture Books of 2015
- included among Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich’s suggestions for Books to Help Kids Make Sense of Challenging Current Events and the International Literacy Association’s Biographies: People Who Make a Difference
- recommended on the This Week in Ladies podcast
- featured on Read It Real Good, Wonders in the Dark, Legal Legacy, Reading, Teaching, Learning, and Hearts & Minds
- included on this list of 500+ Read Aloud Books for the 2016 African American Read-In and among these resources for teaching about civil rights between 1865 and 1899
- used as an example in Eerdmans Books for Young Readers’ Four Tips for Writing Nonfiction Plots
- praised in this School Library Journal discussion, The Whole Truth: The Line Between Providing Age-Appropriate Content and Sugar-Coating
‘The Nutcracker’ Comes to America was…
- the subject of my interview on Chicago public radio station WBEZ’s Worldview
- named by Alyson Beecher in her Last Minute Holiday Gifts: My Top 10 Picture Books of 2015
- included in Open Sesame’s 10 New Picture Books to Ring in Holiday Cheer
- featured in Orange Marmalade’s sugarplum fairies and seven-headed mice
- listed in Redeemed Reader’s roundup The Nutcracker: This is That Time of Year
- reviewed on True Tales & a Cherry on Top