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The Hawk of the Castle has made it into the Rhyme Revolution 2017 Best in Rhyme Award Top 20! The Top 10 winners will be announced in November and the final winner announced in February 2018. Go HAWK!

The Hawk of the Castle receives a soaring New York Times Book Review "Ibatoulline invites you into his sweeping, realistic scenes with cleverly shifting perspectives. ...But perhaps most thrilling is a book
with a castle featuring a girl who’s curious and accomplished, with her social status and marital prospects blissfully beside the point."

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Why I write #82: Because I want to record all my memories, even the ones that never happened.

Arctic White is a finalist for the SCBWI Golden Kite Award 2017.

There was a lovely review of The Hawk of the Castle in the Wall Street Journal on April 14, 2017, "Mr. Ibatoulline’s fine, realistic pictures of castle, landscape and soaring predator have a wonderful feeling of sweep and drama. In small panels, Ms. Smith supplements her poetry with falconry facts and historical context."

The Hawk of the Castlereceives starred review from School Library Journal!  " An imaginative and unique title to introduce elementary schoolers to hawks and falconry in a medieval setting—an ideal read-aloud selection, too." --School Library Journal

Arctic White was recently published in Japanese

The Hawk of the Castleis flying high over a starred review from Publishers Weekly, "Ibatoulline’s (The Matchbox Diary) stunningly realistic acrylic and gouache scenes illustrate from all angles, offering close-ups of the hawk, pastoral panoramas, and breathtaking aerial vistas...What young readers may appreciate most, though, is the story, beautifully presented, of the bonding between a daughter and father." 

What Kirkus had to say ofThe Hawk of the Castle: "A trained hawk serves as fierce centerpiece to broad, sweeping views of castle and countryside in this rhapsodic tribute to the craft of falconry...An idyllic picture of an ancient practice."
—Kirkus Reviews 

The future is GOLDEN!  Five Little Golden Books are in the works. Watch for Springtime Babies and The Colors of Winter in 2018.  2019 will bring Rocket-Bye Baby, The Colors of Summer, and Wake Up, Freight Train!  

The Hawk of the Castle: A Story of Medieval Falconry  (Candlewick Press 2017) is a Junior Guild Library Selection! Hooray!


Kirkus says of Swallow the Leader, "Nothing fishy here: it's a delish addition to story time  collections."