ELLApicks: Book Fiesta Line-Up 2017

Here’s our line-up of books for Book Fiesta 2017!! You’ll find some of our favorite old classics and a whole bunch of new ones that we LOVE!! We are so excited to bring these books to life for a crazy art-filled day in our neighborhood!! Can’t wait...

Illustrator Spotlight: Kadir Nelson

If you don’t already have them, go out right now and get every Kadir Nelson book you can find. His illustrations are gold. A well-decorated illustrator (hello, two-time Caldecott, Coretta Scott King honoree), Nelson’s smooth comic-realism tells stories...

Make: Mosaic Stepping Stones!

I LOVE a good mosaic! This gorgeous picture of the broken-beautiful, of seeing things I would otherwise throw away find a new life in the most beautiful way!! And after many, many failed attempts (woohoo learning!) I’ve finally found a way that works! So here...

The Journey

This is the story of a young child and her family, who leave their home by the sea in search of a safe place. When war reaches its dark hands into their city and their family, the child and her family set off on a journey. The children pack all their things, and hide...

Maybe Something Beautiful

(SO… this may be our favorite book of all time. Kind of like, if you could put our dream for ELLA into a book and have it made by one of our favorite illustrators of all time??? YES TO ALL OF THIS!) In a dull, grey city, there lives a little girl named Mira, who...