What I’m Doing at Kirkus This Week,
Plus What I Did Last Week,
Featuring Yasmeen Ismail and Qin Leng

h1 June 10th, 2016 by jules


“… but I’m sweet and sour, not a little flower!”
— From Yasmeen Ismail’s
I’m a Girl!
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“‘One of my dads is tall and one is short. They both give good hugs.'”
— From Sara O’Leary’s
A Family Is a Family Is a Family, illustrated by Qin Leng
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Today over at Kirkus, I’ve got two new picture books that play with shape, line, color, and space in smart ways. That link is here.

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Last week, since I wrote here about Yasmeen Ismail’s I’m a Girl! (Bloomsbury, June 2016) and Sara O’Leary’s A Family Is a Family Is a Family (Groundwood, September 2016), illustrated by Qin Leng, I’m following up with art from each book today.

Enjoy!


 

From A Family Is a Family Is a Family:


 


“We were talking about families at school. The teacher asked us what we thought made our family special. I went last because I wasn’t sure what to say.
My family is not like everybody else’s.”

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“‘My mom says that before I was born I grew in her heart.'”
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From I’m a Girl!:


 


“I’m supposed to be nice … all sugar and spice …”
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“Just watch me go—always fast, never s l o w. I’m a girl! I’m a girl …”
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A FAMILY IS A FAMILY IS A FAMILY. Copyright © 2016 by Sara O’Leary. Illustrations © 2016 by Qin Leng. Illustrations reproduced by permission of the publisher, Groundwood Books, Canada.

I’M A GIRL! Copyright © 2015 by Yasmeen Ismail. Illustrations reproduced by permission of the publisher, Bloomsbury, New York.

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