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these colors are bananas

Three cheers for inventive and intelligent books about color.  This one asks young readers to notice the colors in the world around them.  It asks them to see things in more ways, other ways beyond the typical and beyond what they’re used to.  Frankly, we’re crazy about this new book and it for sure lives up to its name — it’s bananas.  And categorically brilliant.  While we search for more superlatives to describe our love for this book, check our Instagram Stories for a preview of it and its fantastic interactive feature.

These Colors Are Bananas was created by Tamara Shopsin and Jason Fulford and published by Phaidon in collaboration with the Whitney Museum of American Art. It’ll be out soon on May 30.


drawn together

Drawn Together is a tremendous story about the generational, cultural and communication gap between a boy and his grandfather, and the shared love of art and storytelling that one day bridges the profound chasm between the two.  The story’s words and art are richly nuanced and layered and there’s a lot to feel and process with this one, especially if you can relate with your own family relationships.  Even if that’s not the case, it’ll still be a beautiful, moving and deeply impactful read.

From author Minh  on what inspired Drawn Together:

“Drawn Together was inspired by the relationship with my grandparents, but especially my paternal grandfather. There was always a language gap between us — my Vietnamese unfortunately peaked when I was about 5 — so I often felt that our relationship was defined by all the things that we couldn't say to each other.  In talking to Dan, he actually had a similar relationship with his grandmother, so he was coming from a similar place. This book is about the desire to find common ground with someone despite the things that may initially separate you, whether that's a language gap, a generational divide, or cultural differences. In this case, when the grandfather and grandson discover a mutual love of art, they ‘see each other for the first time’ and can finally bridge the divide that had been separating them. It's been very heartwarming to share this story and very humbling to then have people share their own stories about their relationships with their loved ones. I hope that this book resonates with readers and maybe even inspires a few to find new connections with the important people in their lives. Happy reading!”

Drawn Together was written by Minh Lê, illustrated by Dan Santat and published by Disney-Hyperion.  It’ll be out on June 5.


boats are busy

Sara Gillingham delves into the world of boats in her latest board book, Boats Are Busy.  It’s a nautical primer that teaches little ones about 15 different maritime vessels such as the tugboat, cargo ship, aircraft carrier, rescue boat, clipper and research vessel.  Her palette of primary colors and modern aesthetic make this one a delight — and one that you won’t mind re-reading at bedtime.  Plus the flags in the book bear a secret decodable message.  We have a feeling this one will be a stowaway on many summer trips.

Boats Are Busy was written and illustrated by Sara Gillingham and published by Phaidon.  It’ll be out soon on May 25.


bear and wolf

A sweet, gentle story celebrating new friendship and reveling in the glories of winter and its glistening white snow.  Thoughtfully written and illustrated with a serene softness and varying perspectives, Bear and Wolf will make quite impact on readers in its own thoughtful, quiet way.

Bear and Wolf was written and illustrated by Daniel Salmieri and published by Enchanted Lion.