I received a letter today from Michelle Meadows, one year after the release of her debut picture book; this is what CLSCLR had to say about it:
THE WAY THE STORM STOPS by Michelle Meadows, illustrated by Rosanne Litzinger (Henry Holt, 2003). In this every-beat-just-right debut picture book, Meadows crafts for young readers the beauty, excitement, awe, scariness, and comfort of a storm. Litzinger's soft art is just right for a rainy day or night. Wonderful and rare multicultural pre-K book with a universal theme. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Meadows writes that the book also received raves from Ebony magazine, The Washington Post, Washington Parent, School Library Journal, and the Gazette newspaper (among others). It's also been recommended by several respected sources (including the University of Michigan Health System) as a resource for helping children cope with fear of thunderstorms. Great news!
In other news, an exhibit of Paul O. Zelinsky's work, Angels to Ogres" will open November 4th ath the National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature.
Had the pleasure of lunching today at Katz's with newly contracted author Chris Barton, who just sold his first (picture) book to Charlesbridge (editor is the sparkling Yolanda LeRoy). Nice guy! Look for great things from him.