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A is for awesome! : 23 iconic women who changed the world
2019
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Instagram superstar Eva Chen, author of Juno Valentine and the Magical Shoes, is back with an alphabet board book featuring spirited illustrations that depict 23 feminist icons. - (Baker & Taylor)

Why stick with plain old A, B, C when you can have Amelia (Earhart), Malala, Tina (Turner), Ruth (Bader Ginsburg), all the way to eXtraordinary You—and the Zillion of adventures you will go on?

Instagram superstar Eva Chen, author of Juno Valentine and the Magical Shoes, is back with an alphabet board book depicting feminist icons in A Is for Awesome: 23 Iconic Women Who Changed the World, featuring spirited illustrations by Derek Desierto.

- (McMillan Palgrave)

Instagram superstar Eva Chen is back with an alphabet board book depicting 23 feminist icons. - (McMillan Palgrave)

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Eva Chen, the author of Juno Valentine and the Magical Shoes and A Is for Awesome, is a first-generation Chinese-American who grew up in New York City. She blames her deviation from pre-med at Johns Hopkins University on a love of fashion and beauty instilled in her by her mother, whose perfect bob and lipstick made a permanent imprint on her impressionable young mind. Previously the editor in chief of Lucky, Eva has also written for ELLE, Vogue,Teen Vogue,Vogue China, the New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal. She is currently the head of fashion partnerships at Instagram, where she is guilty of the occasional duck-face selfie. Eva lives in New York City with her husband and two children.

Derek Desierto is a Vancouver-based illustrator, designer, and overall nice guy from a nice family. His animation work has been recognized by the Ottawa International Animation Festival, the National Cartoonist Society, and 9 Story Media Group. Currently, he is living the dream as a freelance artist for animated TV shows and picture books. His ultimate goal in life is to meet Oprah and become one of her Favorite Things.

- (McMillan Palgrave)

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In this alphabet board book, Chen, director of fashion partnerships at Instagram, celebrates 23 women artists, scientists, activists, entertainers, authors, and other influencers. Juno, the protagonist from Chen's picture book Juno Valentine and the Magical Shoes, makes a brief cameo to kick things off: "There's a whole world of inspiring sheroes out there.... Here are some of my favorites!" Chen features well-known contemporary figures, including Beyoncé Knowles, Malala Yousafzai, and Oprah Winfrey, as well as those less familiar to young readers (Katharine Graham, the first female publisher of the Washington Post, and businesswoman Pat McGrath). A reflective surface on the final spread enables readers to see themselves—literally—among the broad-ranging influential figures. Ages 1–3. (Feb.)

Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly.

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