What I’m Doing at Kirkus This Week,
Plus What I Did Last Week, Featuring Kadir Nelson

h1 January 24th, 2014 by jules

“Oh, I see. When I am lost, I climb a little higher so I can see all around.
Keep walking, Baby Bear. You are closer than you think. And sing a song—
it will make you feel better.

Thank you, dear Ram.”
(Click to enlarge spread)


This morning over at Kirkus, I wrote a little something in honor of the upcoming ALA Youth Media Awards. That link is here.

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Today at 7-Imp, I’ve got some spreads (sans text) from Kadir Nelson’s Baby Bear, which I wrote about last week.

Some of the colors in these spreads are a bit off, at least according to my computer, which bums me out. I wish I could ensure accurate color reproduction on everyone’s computers, but this is the best I can do.

Enjoy the art!

“Excuse me, dear Frog. I am lost. Can you help me find my way home?
Do you mind? I am busy.
But I’m lost and afraid.
“Do not be afraid, Baby Bear. Trust yourself.
You will find your way home. Now please, if you don’t mind …

Thank you, sir.”
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“My word. Who was that singing so beautifully?
It was me. I am lost and alone.
You are not alone, Baby Bear. I am here with you. You only need look up
and keep going. You will find your way home.

Thank you, dear Owl. I love you.
I love you too, Baby Bear.
(Click to enlarge spread)

“Yes, I can see. I AM home.”
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The spreads above are copyright © 2014 by Kadir Nelson and are used with permission of the publisher, Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins.

2 comments to “What I’m Doing at Kirkus This Week,
Plus What I Did Last Week, Featuring Kadir Nelson”

  1. Hmmm.
    I am beginning to see that not only do I have to own every book Ashley Bryan has ever made, Kadir Nelson’s books – with their artwork I want to roll around in – he makes moonlight amazing! — must be owned in total as well.

    Why only buy frameable art when you can have picture books???

  2. Even though I’m retired from working in a children’s library; I still think they are the best books around. This one only emphasized my belief.

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