This New Children’s Book Celebrates Muslim Women

This New Children’s Book Celebrates Muslim Women

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From posting her artwork on Tumblr and DeviantArt to illustrating a published children’s book, Aaliya Jaleel is starting her illustration career off with a bang.   Cheryl Klein, editorial director for the New York-based Lee & Low Books, was searching high and low, for an artist to illustrate for the upcoming children’s book Under my Hijab. The book highlights and focuses on the different ways that hijabs are worn, informing its audience of the cultural significance throughout each story it tells throughout the book. Before being approached to work on Under the Hijab, written by Hena Khan, the only publishing experienced that Aaliya …

A Love Letter to Jon Klassen, Author of ‘I Want My Hat Back’

A Love Letter to Jon Klassen, Author of ‘I Want My Hat Back’

Dear adored children’s author Jon Klassen, I have purchased the entirety of your Hat series, I Want My Hat Back, We Found a Hat, and This Is Not My Hat for my first cousins. While they may have not enjoyed them as much as I had, I’ll still purchase them for future cousins to come.    I first fell in love with your books while working at an independent bookstore in quiet Sunnyvale, California. The associated children’s bookstore next door carried your books, so when I sauntered in looking to expand my literary range, I saw it. The newly published …

9 Ezra Jack Keats Book Covers to Bring You Back to Childhood

9 Ezra Jack Keats Book Covers to Bring You Back to Childhood

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There are only a handful of books that stand the test of time, let alone children’s books. It’s even rarer that they carry important lessons that go well beyond a child’s mind. Next month would’ve been his 102nd birthday, but the legacy of Ezra Jack Keats has it’s stamp across many generations. The endearing author and illustrator broke the mould of children’s literature and was among the first to introduce multiculturalism into that sector.   Keats was known for his warm illustrations which introduced an urban setting to his readers. They was uncommon, unusual, but so unique and loved amongst his audience,  especially by those in …

‘Mary and the Witch’s Flower’ Trailer Promises Miyazaki Meets Harry Potter

‘Mary and the Witch’s Flower’ Trailer Promises Miyazaki Meets Harry Potter

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I can clearly remember, as a kid, all the great Hayao Miyazaki films I’d spend hours watching at home. My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki’s Delivery Service, Castle in the Sky, and Spirited Away are among my favorites. Miyazaki is of another world, I will definitely say that. From the beautiful illustrations to the wistful stories, it’s no wonder they’ve all become classic movies for all ages.     Image Via IndieWire   For those of you with me on that one, we’ve got another treat coming our way. The American trailer for Mary and the Witch’s Flower has just been released and …

Give Children the Gift of Rocket Science This Holiday Season

Give Children the Gift of Rocket Science This Holiday Season

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“It’s not rocket science” might be a phrase that is lost on future generations as the level of intricate, intelligent science becomes more and more attainable. When I hear the term “rocket science” it is always in comparison to something that I can actually do, you know, because who would understand rocket science? Andrew Radar’s newest book aims to educate the masses on the basic concepts. His target audience is children ages six to ten,  but don’t worry, he says that adults can learn a thing or two from it as well.   Image Via Rocket Science/Andrew Rader/Galen Frazer    Rader, a SpaceX …