What I’m Doing at Kirkus (and Chapter 16) This Week, Plus What I Did Last Week,
Featuring Shane W. Evans and James E. Ransome

h1 August 7th, 2015 by jules

“We worked together a lot. But we played a lot, too. We really loved to go fishing. Sometimes I would complain when I didn’t get a bite right away,
but my granddaddy always said, ‘Patience, son, patience.'”
— From
Granddaddy’s Turn
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“As long as Lillian still has a pulse, she is going to vote—and so she keeps on climbing, keeps on seeing, this time the second march from Selma.
This march also ends on the bridge, in a prayer ….”
— From
Lillian’s Right to Vote
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This morning over at Kirkus, I write about two new Asian picture book imports. That link is here.

Also, over here at Chapter 16, I talk to Deanna Caswell, the author of Beach House (Chronicle, May 2015), illustrated by Amy June Bates.

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Last week I wrote here about two new picture books that celebrate the 50th anniversary of the historic Voting Rights Act — Michael S. Bandy’s and Eric Stein’s Granddaddy’s Turn: A Journey to the Ballot Box (Candlewick, July 2015), illustrated by James E. Ransome, and Jonah Winter’s Lillian’s Right to Vote: A Celebration of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 (Schwartz & Wade, July 2015), illustrated by Shane W. Evans.

Today I’ve got a bit of art from each book. Enjoy.


From Granddaddy’s Turn:


“When we finally go to the front of the line, my granddaddy proudly signed a paper and was handed a ballot. He clutched the ballot to his chest and said, ‘Son, this is the happiest day of my life.’ I took the camera from him and said, ‘Smile, Granddaddy.’ ‘Now, come on—let’s go vote,’ he said.”
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From Lillian’s Right to Vote:


“… Lillian sees her great-great-grandparents Elijah and Sarah.
They are standing side by side on an auction block. …”

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“For Lillian sees the funeral procession for a man named Jimmie Lee Jackson,
a twenty-six-year-old shot by a policeman over
nothing more than taking part in a peaceful protest. …”

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GRANDDADDY’S TURN. Text copyright © 2015 by Michael S. Bandy and Eric Stein. Illustrations copyright © 2015 by James E. Ransome. Reproduced by permission of the publisher, Candlewick Press, Somerville, MA.

LILLIAN’S RIGHT TO VOTE. Text copyright © 2015 by Jonah Winter. Illustrations copyright © 2015 by Shane W. Evans. Illustration reproduced by permission of the publisher, Schwartz & Wade Books, New York.

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