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Greeting book lovers!
As you know Jump Into a Book along with Pragmatic Mom has been busily working on our upcoming national event Multicultural Children’s Book Day. Despite census data that shows 37% of the US population consists of people of color, only 10% of children’s books published have diversity content. We want to change that. Our mission is to not only raise awareness for the kid’s books that celebrate diversity, but to get more of these types of books into classrooms and libraries.
To achieve this, on January 27th, Jump into a Book and Pragmatic Mom will be organizing and presenting this first-ever event to celebrate diversity in children’s literature. We have several wonderful sponsors (Wisdom Tales Press, Chronicle Books and LEE and Low Books) along with generous publishers and authors who have all agreed to donate books to be reviewed in honor of this event. One of our cherished sponsors is Chronicle Books. Here’s a little info to help you get to know them better.
Welcome Chronicle Books!
One of the most admired and respected publishing companies in the U.S., Chronicle Books was founded in 1967 and over the years has developed a reputation for award-winning, innovative books. Recognized as one of the 50 best small companies to work for in the U.S. (and the only independent publisher to receive this award), the company continues to challenge conventional publishing wisdom, setting trends in both subject and format, maintaining a list that includes illustrated titles in design, art, architecture, photography, food, lifestyle and pop culture, as well as much-admired books for children and ancillary products through its gift division. Chronicle Books’ objective is to create and distribute exceptional publishing that’s instantly recognizable for its spirit, creativity, and value. For more information about Chronicle Books, visit www.chroniclekids.com
Josephine by Patricia Hruby Powell, illustrated by Christian Robinson
List any awards:
«“Baker’s entire life spreads out in this tapestry of words.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review
« “An extraordinary dancer and woman is here celebrated with style and empathy.”–Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“This liberally illustrated biography of Josephine Baker captures a remarkable, courageous woman whose life and art were inseparable.”–Shelf Awareness
“Factual and yet poetic… defies convention as boldly as its subject did.”- Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
Getting to know Chronicle Books
1. Why do you think reading to our kids is so important?
There are so many benefits to reading with kids. It helps them become curious and confident readers, opens their world to images and ideas beyond their imaginations, and creates a cozy, warm sacred space to connect with their favorite grown-ups.
2. What has been one of the biggest successes of 2013 for your company?
We’ve been fortunate to have three books on the New York Times Picture Book Bestseller list for the majority of 2013: Press Here, Steam Train, Dream Train, and Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site. As well as a reappearance of the Ivy and Bean series on the New York Times Children’s Series List. Our picture book biography of Albert Einstein earned six starred reviews, the most of any of the books in our 25-year history.
3. What do you look for in quality books to publish?
Chronicle is known for our exceptional and distinctive design sense. We look to acquire books that can furfure that mission, including in our growing Middle Grade and Young Adult list. And as always, exceptional writing and a distinctive point of view.
4. What would you like readers to know about your company?
We are one of the few that accept unsolicited manuscripts, and have found several wonderful projects in what is commonly known as the “slush pile.” Our Children’s Pub Group includes editorial, production, marketing and publicity and each department has input on the acquisition of new books and projects. Our Young Adult and Middle Grade list is growing and we’re exciting to have our biggest and strongest novel list ever in 2014.
5. What attracted you to the Multicultural Children’s Book Day event?
We’re very proud of the multi-cultural publishing on our list, and thrilled to have the opportunity to share the exceptional Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker with an online community of readers, teachers, librarians, bloggers and parents who we think will be as excited by it as well are.
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Stop and Visit our Multicultural Children’s Book Day Review Bloggers!
Please take a moment and visit our MCCBD book review bloggers. These wonderful people all came forward and volunteered to review books for this event, and many are reviewing books from Chronicle Books. Take a moment to visit, read their reviews and tell them “thank you” for helping to make this event a huge success!