What I’m Doing at Kirkus This Week,
Plus What I Did Last Week,
Featuring Ebony Glenn and Keith Negley

h1 February 8th, 2019 by jules

— From Michelle Meadows’s Brave Ballerina, illustrated by Ebony Glenn


“And not everyone liked it. ‘You’re gonna regret wearing pants, Mary Walker!’
they all said. ‘No, I won’t!’ Mary said back.”
— From Keith Negley’s
Mary Wears What She Wants
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Today over at Kirkus, I take a look at Sergio Ruzzier’s two new picture books — and even chat with him a bit about them.

That is here.

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Last week, I wrote here about Michelle Meadows’s Brave Ballerina: The Story of Janet Collins (Henry Holt, January 2019), illustrated by Ebony Glenn, as well as Keith Negley’s Mary Wears What She Wants (Balzer + Bray, January 2019). I’m following up here today with some art from each book.



From Mary Wears What She Wants:



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“But when Mary got to school it was more of the same.
She started to worry this was how things were going to be from now on.”

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From Brave Ballerina:


“This is the girl who danced in the breeze to the
swoosh, swoosh, swoosh of towering trees.”
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“This is the class, a welcoming place,
that focused on talent regardless of race.”

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BRAVE BALLERINA: THE STORY OF JANET COLLINS. Text copyright © 2019 by Michelle Meadows. Illustrations © 2019 by Ebony Glenn and reproduced by permission of the publisher, Henry Holt and Company, New York.

MARY WEARS WHAT SHE WANTS. Copyright © 2019 by Keith Negley. Illustrations reproduced by permission of the publisher, Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, New York.

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