You might’ve noticed that the MG Book Village looks a little bit different today… That’s because we’ve gotten a makeover!
Over the past couple of months, we’ve been working with author/illustrator Gina Perry to give the Village a new look. We’re all big fans of Gina’s work, and we could not be any happier with the art that she created for the site. You’ll find that art above, on our banner, and also over on Twitter, on the @MG_BookBot’s profile. Gina created a few other images for us, but we’re holding off on sharing those and will be rolling them out for special projects and events in the future.
You can learn more about Gina and her work at her site and at the bottom of this post, and can hear more about her thoughts and inspiration behind her art for the Village directly below. We hope you are as excited about our new look as we are, and we’d love to hear what you think!
“After working on illustrations for a middle grade book last year, I was super excited for a chance to create a few illustrations for MG Book Village. Right now, there really is a book for everyone whether you are into sports, non-fiction, fantasy, comics, arts, nature, humor, video games, science, etc. I hope my panorama captures that variety and also the feeling that we are all connected. There isn’t one particular kid that looks like me at that age, but I definitely connect with several of them. I also included a boy with a cochlear implant as a nod to my big sister who just received hers last month. My daughter Piper gave me the idea to color-dip the hair of one girl. And many thanks to MG Book Village for this fun collaboration!” — Gina Perry
Gina Perry is the author/illustrator of SMALL, which was published in 2017. It was named a Bank Street Best Children’s Book in 2018. Her latest picture book, TOO MUCH! NOT ENOUGH!, was recently selected for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library in Canada for 2019. Gina also illustrated Dan Bar-el’s picture book IT’S GREAT BEING A DAD and the graphic novel sections of Sarah Scheerger’s middle grade novel OPERATION FROG EFFECT. Gina’s next book, NOW? NOT YET!, hits shelves June 4th. You can find her online at ginaperry.com, on Twitter at @ginamarieperry, and on Instagram at @ginaperry_books.