What a thrill to get an e-mail from Candlewick Press telling me that Kirkus Reviews had named More-igami to its list of The Best Books of 2016! I’m deeply honored.
During my recent trip to Boston, I got to visit the Candlewick Press offices. So lovely. Have you ever seen a four-foot bear made out of LEGOs? I have — in Candlewick’s lobby!
While I was there, they filmed an interview with me as part of their “Five Questions (Plus One!)” series. Watch the video to find out about my path to becoming an author and see one toddler’s adorable reaction to More-igami.
The Georgia Center for the Book selected More-igami as one of ten children’s books on its “Books All Young Georgians Should Read” list for 2016. What a lovely honor from the literary community of my home state!
The list was established in 2010 and is intended as a guide for parents, teachers, and librarians looking for books with connections to Georgia.
I’m so gratified by the wonderful things people are saying about More-igami. Not only do the reviewers like the book, they get the book. Some recent praise:
“Warm characters, gentle humor, and sweet illustrations convey the challenges of learning new skills without making them feel insurmountable. A title for all collections.”
— School Library Journal
“It’s a quiet but effective reminder of the value of practice.”
— Publishers Weekly
“With engaging text, charming illustrations, and bonus instructions for an origami ladybug, this is a winner.”
“A gem,” concluded Kirkus Reviews, which today released a starred review of More-igami.
“Kleber uses simple language but gives young readers great credit for understanding multiple concepts conveyed at once, and the story is all the better for it. … [Karas’] art shows his hand … which gives the book a gentle, handmade feel. It’s an excellent companion to Kleber’s story, which encourages patience, practice, and sharing creativity….”
The full review will be published in the magazine’s Feb. 1, 2016 issue.
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Junior Library Guild has selected More-igami to be sent to its member school and public libraries in 2016.
Each year, JLG reviews more than 3,000 books and selects fewer than 800 for its collection. Over 95 percent of the titles JLG selects go on to win awards and/or favorable reviews.
Learn more about Junior Library Guild.