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"With nearly 60 million Americans identifying as Hispanic, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, there is a fast-growing, untapped market for children’s stories from Latin America. Tapioca Stories is a new children’s book publisher that aims to fill that demand." 

Publishers Weekly

"Today I'm sharing an interview Brazilian illustrator, architect, and muralist (among other things) Andrés Sandoval about The Invisible, written by Alcides Villaça. You'll see below how each one of those descriptors informs the way Andrés creates his illustrations, and it was so interesting to peek behind the curtain (or red vinyl in this case) to see how Andrés balanced a dual narrative. "

Let's Talk Picture Books

“It’s not every day that I have the opportunity to write about a children’s book based on the imaginative possibilities of elevators... If you are reading The Elevator with children (adults may enjoy it on their own), you could raise some of these questions with them, along with ones about imagination and reality, which typically intersect in children’s minds.  This elevator rewards more than one ride.

"Tapioca Stories: a new children’s book publisher with Latin American soul" 

World Kid Lit

"The 2021 Outstanding International Books list honors all of these titles for meeting their readers where they are, for taking them to places they can only imagine, and for bringing the world closer to home." A Global Community of Readers

School Library Journal

"In recent years, a proliferation of books in translation for children and young adults has brought imaginative stories from around the world to new readers. We’re speaking with some of the extraordinary publishers who make these books possible about their experience working in this vital field. For the eighth installment in the series, we spoke with Yael Berstein, founder of Tapioca Stories."

Words Without Borders

Around The world | 43

Featuring The Elevator by Yael Frankel.

Brightness Magazine No 20 - Digital Journal of Illustration  

Brightness Magazine

"Would you like to take a look at an Argentinian import? ... This playful, offbeat tale of connection with one’s neighbors, filled as it is with endearing characters, is visually striking with its monochromatic palette and occasional touches of vivid red. Frankel gets creative with her composition choices, as we see the elevator on the move; in one case, it rises and the top of an illustration is lopped off." 

Seven Important Things Before Breakfast

Today I'm sharing an interview with award-winning Argentinian illustrator Yael Frankel. Yael's debut book in the United States is The Elevator, and it was such a thrill talking to her about this book and what she has in store for us next. Enjoy!

Let's Talk Picture Books

“Quiere introducir diversidad que falta dada la escasez de traducciones en literatura y lectura infantil. ‘Hay libros traducidos con una narrativa diferente pero la mayoría son de Europa y falta el tipo de narrativa, las historias y humor latinoamericano …’”

El Diario NY

"I got a chance recently to talk to Mariana Alcántara about her illustration process for Swimmers, written by María José Ferrada and translated by Kit Maude. Mariana uses heavy white space and a primary color palette to bring Ferrada's humorous and thoughtful words to life on the page. Enjoy our chat!"

Let's Talk Picture Books

"Aaahhh! by Guilherme Karsten and translated by Eric M. B. Becker is a funny picture book with a surprise ending that you will both see and not see coming! I got to talk to in-demand author-illustrator Guilherme about the book and his process over the years. Enjoy a (spoiler-free!)"

Let's Talk Picture Books

"…a gently absurdist excursion that turns a human wish—Olympic swimmers/ dream that they’re fish—on its head…Debut creator Alcántara imagines an alternate universe of Olympic training that brims with quiet humor. Humans, fish, and droll human-fish hybrids smudged in lithograph-like grays stroke and kick and plunge through white pages that function visually as water. But instead of Olympian strength and endurance, the artist’s sly underwater civilization is driven by creativity, invention, and hope.”Publishers Weekly 

Publishers Weekly

"In May, illustrator Guilherme Karsten promoted a tour in the United States to promote his book Aaahhh! launched in the U.S. by Tapioca Sories, on March 2022.

On Saturday, the 14th, the author visited the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, in Amherst, Massachusetts. On Sunday, the 15th, the artist participated in an exhibition at the Big Apple with the support of the Brazilian Consulate in New York."

Brazilian Publishers

"People and animals, both realistic and imaginary, enjoy the beach throughout a long day in summer. From the early morning crew going out to fish, to sunbathers and swimmers in the bright of day, to the late night denizens, this undulating shoreline is the setting for many activities that are a delight to explore … People are mostly faceless, with funny blobs of hair. Some animals are clothed and other are not, but they seem to have equal footing with humans in this world … a variety of body types and couple pairings … Readers will enjoy examining the activities of the pinheaded, blobby haired people … What fun to enter the singular world of this whimsical beach and its denizens!"

Youth Services Book Review

"…a picture book about old women, perfect for both young and older readers… the neighborhood is full of predictably helpful residents, young and old… both imaginative and brutally honest… Children will wholeheartedly agree with Ms. Marta that lives, like socks, are elastic."