Illustrator Update

Just after the holidays came the sad news that Steve Jenkins, masterful illustrator and artist of many books for children, had died. As the New York Times pointed out, Steve brought science to life with many, many gorgeous books that posed and answered questions about the natural world. What a huge loss for his family and the world of children’s literature.

Replacing Steve as the illustrator of The Upside-Down Book of Sloths was no easy task. After reviewing several portfolios, and kindly taking the time to check with me, Norton Young Readers reached out to Isabella Grott, an artist based in Florence, Italy. She took on the job, and the book is on track for publication in Fall 2023. (A sloth book, of course, takes its own slow time…) I love the expressive quality and humor of her work–and stay tuned for announcement of a follow-up book…shhhhhh….