On Artist Shortlists and The Floating Field

By Danielle Carnito, Art Director

Making a list of possible artists for picture books is standard procedure here. We make shortlist through searching for style, through thought, through discussion, through sharing top picks with the author, through Ooohs and Aaaahs and “Wouldn’t it be great if (insert famous illustrator name) could work on this book?” We — in this case designer Viet, editor Carol, and Art Director me — spend time carefully finding and talking through the many possibilities and narrow to shortlist of artists, whom I then start reaching out to with the illustration proposal.

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5 Kinds of Nonfiction: Blake Hoena

Graphic novels are some of the most popular stories for young readers, and graphic nonfiction is no exception. Today we visit the 5 Kinds of Nonfiction with author Blake Hoena. His most recent graphic novel series, Athletes Who Made a Difference, follows four legendary sports heroes from their early years to pro careers. Through grit, leadership, and resistance these individuals were able to change the world around them. Read on to discover how the graphic novel format is perfect for these athletes’ stories and to learn more about Narrative Nonfiction.

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Active Coding for Sports Fans

This spring, Lerner Publications launched a new active nonfiction series called Sports Coding Concepts, step-by-step guides for understanding and practicing coding fundamentals such as algorithms, looping, conditionals, and bugs and errors. These are completely unplugged coding titles, meaning readers don’t need a device or a screen of any kind to try out the projects themselves. This screen-free learning is great for parents and educators who are looking to keep their kids busy and active but unplugged (especially during distance learning!). These books are also a great demonstration of active fiction, one of the 5 Kinds of Nonfiction your collection should have.

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