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“Miguel’s Brave Knight” a New Picture Book by Raúl Colón

Miguel’s Brave Knight, the imaginative picture book written by Margarita Engle and illustrated by Raúl Colón was released earlier this month. This fictionalized first-person biography of a young Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, details how he found refuge in his imagination to escape a troubled home life, as well as how he obtained the inspiration to write the famous Don Quixote.

“Colón’s stunning pen-and-ink–and-watercolor illustrations add dimension and life to the story, depicting an olive-skinned cast of Renaissance Spaniards and aging Miguel from round-faced boy to lanky young man.” — Kirkus Review

“Noble portraits, done in pen, ink, and watercolor, recall the work of classic popularizers such as N.C. Wyeth and the D’Aulaires. Even readers who don’t progress to Cervantes’s own work will come away with an indelible sense of the story and its creator.” — Publishers Weekly 

Be sure to pick up a copy of this wonderful new book!

Raúl Colón Nominated for MASL’s Show Me Readers Award

We just got great news from Boyds Mills Press, Fearless Flyer: Ruth Law and Her Flying Machine has been nominated for the Missouri Association of School Librarians, MASL’s Show Me Readers Award.

We can’t wait to see the final list of nominees that will be announced in December!

A Personal Touch – Raul Colon, Dr. Jill Biden, and the USS Gabrielle Giffords

Back in 2012, Raul Colon was contacted to illustrate former second lady of the United States Jill Biden’s children’s book “Don’t Forget, God Bless Our Troops”. Inspired by her granddaughter Natalie and told from the point of view of a child with a parent on the other side of the world, this acclaimed title was a proud accomplishment for both the author and the illustrator.

Illustration by Raul Colon:

Cover, "Don't Forget, God Bless Our Troops"

The title’s esteemed editor, Paula Wiseman, recently reached out with a very special request from Dr. Biden: she wanted to acquire some of the original artwork to display aboard the USS Gabrielle Giffords, a littoral combat ship of the United States Navy that she sponsored at the ship’s 2015 christening. Deeply honored, Raul was more than happy to help facilitate this request.

Raul Colon original artwork displayed inside the USS Gabrielle Giffords:

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We are deeply moved by this personal gift and Dr. Jill Biden’s sentiments. To this incredible and inspiring woman – thank you.

Cook Prize Awards

The Cook Prize Awards honor the best science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) picture books published for children aged eight to ten. It is the only national children’s choice award honoring STEM titles, making it an invaluable resource for parents, teachers, and children interested in exploring these interests through literature.

Cover for “Solving the Puzzle Under the Sea”, illustrated by Raul Colon:

Solving the Puzzle Under the Sea

Our very own Raul Colon was proudly awarded an honor award for his work on “Solving the Puzzle Under the Sea,” a story about the acclaimed scientist Marie Tharp and her pioneering efforts to map the ocean floor.

Spreads from “Solving the Puzzle Under the Sea”, illustrated by Raul Colon:

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As part of the annual festivities, Raul was invited to visit with young students, further encouraging them to follow their curiosity. Take a look at this inspiring interview to see the artist in action.

We are proud of Raul and his commitment to creating beautiful works that celebrate important figures in history – particularly women. Congratulations, Raul!

 

Talking with Raul Colon

Raul Colon was recently interviewed by Lauren Vander Pluym for Booklist Online, and her extensive research and thoughtful questioning culminated in a rave review that we couldn’t have done better ourselves.

Truly, this is a piece that deserves to stand on its own. Thank you to the author for this thoughtful look at Raul as an artist, as well as the in-depth curation of his many titles.

Take a look here.

Image by Raul Colon:

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Image by Raul Colon

Get the Picture!

Fans of children’s books will be blown away by the Brandywine Art Museum’s current exhibition “Get the Picture! Contemporary Children’s Book Illustration,” which features our very own Raul Colon.

A look at the interior of the official invitation:

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Celebrating 8 of the industry’s most visible and prolific artists, ‘Get the Picture!’ features 20 works from each of the artists’ latest titles.

Image from Raul Colon’s “Draw!”:

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Showcasing the incredible diversity that is present in approaches and subject matter, “Get the Picture” has also been receiving some nice press – like this piece!

Image by Raul Colon, from “Draw!”:

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The exhibition will be up until October 9th. And congratulations, Raul!

Just in Time for Women’s History Month: “Fearless Flyer,” Illustrated by Raul Colon

Raul Colon has several awesome children’s books under his belt, and lately he seems to be the go-to fellow for illustrated historical titles – specifically, those featuring some mighty strong and inspiring women.

We recently saw the trailer for his latest title, “Fearless Flyer,” and are excited to share it with you during this month of female empowerment.

Take a look here!

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Peace and Love from Morgan Gaynin

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

It has certainly been a difficult week. We have been bombarded by images and messages of hatred, violence, murder, anger, misunderstanding, and misinformation. It has been exhausting.

There have been multitudinous artistic reactions to these horrifying acts of terrorism, and it is always inspiring to witness creatives reacting to such ugliness by making something beautiful.

I took a moment this morning to come at it from a different direction however. I wanted to see the images in our archives that were tagged with words such as “love” and “peace”. I wanted to feel joyous, to feel warmth, to see vibrant colors – and admittedly a lot of doves.

And I’d like to take this moment to share these images with you.

-Kate

Image by Victo Ngai:

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Image by Raul Colon:

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Image by Josee Bisaillon:

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Image by Don Kilpatrick:

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Image by Lisa Adams:

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Image by Beppe Giacobbe:

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Image by Tonya Engel:

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Image by Elizabeth Rosen:

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Mega Huge Super Big Deal from Raul Colon!

Last week we were very eager to share Raul Colon’s wonderful mention in the New York Times Sunday Book Review for “Draw!”, an engaging, wordless storybook that he recently published with the visionary Paula Wiseman of Simon and Schuster.

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A nod of approval from the Book Review is quite the acknowledgement in our world, so you can imagine that we were particularly blown away when we learned that Raul has also been selected as one of the Times’ Best Illustrated Books of 2014. Wahoo!

“Every year since 1952, the Book Review has convened an independent panel of judges to select picture books on the basis of artistic merit. The winning books are chosen from among thousands for what is the only annual award of its kind.”

This is a pretty big deal, ladies and gentlemen!

We are incredibly proud of Raul and also grateful to Paula for consistently creating such amazing books with one of our favorite artists.

And if you haven’t check out “Draw!”, perhaps it’s time to learn what all the fuss is about.

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Remembering Gabriel Garcia Marquez

The world recently lost an amazing artist and inspiring mind – RIP, Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

In honor of an amazing life, we wanted to share this lovely interview with the author of “My Name is Gabito,” illustrated by our very own Raul Colon.

“….Márquez was the perfect inspiration for a children’s book because children more than adults perhaps can understand the way the magical and the real exist in one moment.”

Take a look and join us in remembering this beautiful soul.

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