Enchanted Lion Books

Enchanted Lion Books Enchanted Lion Books, based in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, is an independent publisher of beautifully illustrated books and some fiction for readers of all ages.
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Staunchly independent and family-owned, we opened our doors and published our first list in spring 2003. We love books, well-told stories, and beautifully-rendered illustrations, marked by a vivid, lively line and an awareness of space.

Beauty is a curious and fascinating thing... The colors and textures across the wall of this abandoned building in Red H...
08/09/2020

Beauty is a curious and fascinating thing... The colors and textures across the wall of this abandoned building in Red Hook, Brooklyn, are as beautiful to me as the most lovely book cover or work of art... Weathered into yellows, greens, and browns as well as striations and a seeming visibility of the wave structure of everything, there is so much here to love... Beauty, as my dad always told me, beginning in childhood, as I began to collect small lost and abandoned things from the park and street, is in the eye of the beholder... And as the poet H. D. reminds us, we go where we love, into the snow, without care or duty...

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Revisiting this incredible bit of “in-translation” process!✨ Here we have a copy of the original French edition of WHAT ...
08/07/2020

Revisiting this incredible bit of “in-translation” process!✨ Here we have a copy of the original French edition of WHAT IF... (“IL FAUDRA”), with our English translation pasted over the original text.

First published in France in 2004, this book continues to move us to reimagine the world we live in. To care for it, and for each other — by asking stronger, more creative questions. 💭

There’s a truly beautiful conversation with this book’s creators — Thierry Lenain & Olivier Tallec — up now on our blog!!! They share about their inspirations & creative processes, the relevance they feel the book has today, and their thoughts on the difference between optimism and hope. 💛 Visit the link in our bio to read all of the wonderful insights this duo had to share! ✨

Thank you to Nadine Pinede for the insightful questions, and to Emilie Robert Wong for translating the interview! 💛
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This also arrived from the printer yesterday... Every Color of Light, written by Horishi Osada, illustrated by Ryoji Ara...
08/04/2020

This also arrived from the printer yesterday... Every Color of Light, written by Horishi Osada, illustrated by Ryoji Arai, & gorgeously translated from Japanese by David Boyd.

Arai’s keen sensibility and feeling for nature render the delicateness of the night sky, the thrash of a heavy storm, and the vitality and lightness of raindrops as they drip from peaceful leaves in such a way as to completely immerse us in the world that is this book.

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This also arrived from the printer in Italy yesterday...Every Color of Light, written by Horishi Osada, illustrated by @...
08/04/2020

This also arrived from the printer in Italy yesterday...Every Color of Light, written by Horishi Osada, illustrated by @ryojiarai & gorgeously translated from Japanese by David Boyd.

Arai’s keen sensibility and feeling for nature translate the delicateness of the night sky, the trash of a violent storm, and the vitality and freshness of raindrops as they drip from peaceful leaves in such a way that we are completely immersed in the world that is this book.

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Some days are just good book days. Today, this beauty from @nadine_robert_auteure and @valeriovidali arrived on my doors...
08/04/2020

Some days are just good book days. Today, this beauty from @nadine_robert_auteure and @valeriovidali arrived on my doorstep from Verona, Italy. (Tomorrow you’ll see the book that arrived with it.) The color is strong, gorgeous and the touch of the paper is memory, hope, dream, and presence. The wing of a bird, a sense of flight. Its story of sadness, letting be, and kindness arrives as an oasis of gentleness in our bristling, harsh, obscene, and outraged world. Our dear world, which shows us the way every single day, if we could but hear and see.

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Some days are just good book days. Today, this beauty from @nadine_robert_auteure and @valeriovidali arrived on my doors...
08/04/2020

Some days are just good book days. Today, this beauty from @nadine_robert_auteure and @valeriovidali arrived on my doorstep, from Verona, Italy. (Tomorrow, you’ll see the book that arrived with it.) The color is gorgeous, strong, and the touch of its paper is memory, hope, dream, and presence. The wing of a bird, a sense of flight. And beyond that, its story of sadness, letting be, and kindness stakes out an oasis of gentleness in our bristling, harsh, obscene, and outraged world.

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A children’s book from 1959 with a beautiful case cover...#enchantedlionbooks #enchantedlion
08/02/2020

A children’s book from 1959 with a beautiful case cover...

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The approach to our new studio is so good. But the actuality is  something else. Maybe not even enchanted lions have the...
07/23/2020

The approach to our new studio is so good. But the actuality is something else. Maybe not even enchanted lions have the ability to get free of mess and clutter...

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It’s a good week for f&g’s, as they come to confirm that some fall books are printing, despite the craziness of COVID ev...
07/13/2020

It’s a good week for f&g’s, as they come to confirm that some fall books are printing, despite the craziness of COVID everything... And with Okapi Tale by @jknotjk and illustrated by @areyouokfai, it’s so good to be reading a kid’s book that revives the idea of the public good and looks—amid noodles, songs, and lots of fun—at what a public good politics might look like. We had wanted this book to go to the polls with @berniesanders for a vote against inequality and a vote for justice, but even without that possibility, this book is a brightness & a definite joy, helping to light the way.

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The f&g for The Shadow Elephant by @nadine_robert_auteure & illustrated by @valeriovidali has arrived! A sensitive story...
07/13/2020

The f&g for The Shadow Elephant by @nadine_robert_auteure & illustrated by @valeriovidali has arrived! A sensitive story about how we body sadness & how heavy it can be, it’s also about not trying to cheer it up or dispel it. By presencing the elephant’s heavy blueness, Vidali invites us to feel in concert rather than simply to see and understand what another feels. A beautiful book about being with sadness, coming this fall.

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A warm hello from our new studio! 💛�248 Creamer StreetStudio 4Brooklyn, NY 11231A room like E.E. Cummings' that is simil...
07/11/2020

A warm hello from our new studio! 💛�
248 Creamer Street
Studio 4
Brooklyn, NY 11231

A room like E.E. Cummings' that is similarly friendly, unscientific, private, human, our new studio lies within a cobbled courtyard, between an elevated subway track and a bread bakery. After moving 8 times in 16 years, from the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan to Dumbo, to Red Hook, back to Dumbo, back to Red Hook, to Greenpoint, and less than a year ago to yet another space in Greenpoint, we are happy to be back in Red Hook again––to work and dream, looking out with love and hope at the world as it is and as it might be.
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Art from Enormous Smallness: A Story of E.E. Cummings • Written by @matthewburgessj & illustrated by @krisdigiacomoillustration

(Happy lion, roaring warm greetings from our new address • illustrated by @marianne_dubuc 🦁)
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#EnchantedLion #EnchantedLionBooks #independentpublishing #RedHook #community #love @ Red Hook, Brooklyn, New York

Happy news!!! The children have spoken, and ✨ MY DAD AT THE ZOO ✨ (Mon Papa au Zoo), has been awarded The Prix Albertine...
07/10/2020

Happy news!!! The children have spoken, and ✨ MY DAD AT THE ZOO ✨ (Mon Papa au Zoo), has been awarded The Prix Albertine Jeunesse award in the category for ages 6-8!

The Prix Albertine Jeunesse, a reader’s choice award, invites children to choose their favorite book from a selection of works of Francophone youth literature that are available in English translation. This award aims to facilitate a cultural exchange as well as encourage a love of learning languages and reading works in translation.

This year’s theme is “growing up,” and 1674 children participated in the vote! We are delighted to be included in this lovely celebration of cultural exchange, with this sweet and energetic story. Gorgeously illustrated by our beloved Kris Di Giacomo, My Dad At The Zoo radiates a playful and spontaneous sense of humor that is fully enjoyable for readers of any language! 💙

Merci beaucoup, @AlbertineBooks 💛💫 (Be sure to take a peek through their stories to see the rest of the winning books!)
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MY DAD AT THE ZOO
• Written by Coralie Saudo
• Illustrated by Kris Di Giacomo
• Translated from French by Claudia Zoe Bedrick and Kris Di Giacomo
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#enchantedlionbooks #enchantedlion #prixalbertinejeunesse #albertinebooks #francophoneliterature #translatedbooks #booksintranslation #readerschoice #storytime #readaloud #mydadatthezoo #monpapaauzoo #krisdigiacomo #illustration #coraliesaudo @ New York, New York

“Who is the 4th of July for? Who is left out of the founding fathers’ vision for “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happ...
07/04/2020

“Who is the 4th of July for? Who is left out of the founding fathers’ vision for “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness”? Now more than ever we need a government and economy that works for and protects all of us, and provides true justice. What does fighting for true democracy look like? And how can we talk to kids about it?

This is the cover of OKAPI TALE. It’s a book that Jacob Kramer wrote/ I made the visual narrative for. It’s about what happens when things that should be for everyone’s benefit are taken control of by the wealthy and powerful few, and how a group of workers and citizens bands together to restore democracy and shared prosperity to their town. This book shows to the reader that our power is in our solidarity. It also is about how delicious noodles are.

We did a cover reveal and interview with Travis Jonker on SLJ where we discuss how capitalism has been depicted in picture books, our process and research, and how we hope to talk to students, educators, and families about the book’s themes. Coming from Enchanted Lion Books in October. Obviously a must-read in every classroom and home ✌🏼"
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RE-POSTED FROM K-FAI STEELE. Thank you for sharing, @areyouokfai 🌟 We’re so glad to be asking these questions and making these books with you and @jknotjk ✊ (Link in our bio for the full interview & cover reveal!)
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“The story of how I decided to become an artist is this: When I was a very little boy, a cousin of mine came to my house...
07/04/2020

“The story of how I decided to become an artist is this: When I was a very little boy, a cousin of mine came to my house with a paper bag. He asked me if I wanted to see a bird. I thought he had a bird in the bag. He stuck his hand in the bag, and I realized that he had drawn a bird on the side of a bag with a pencil. I was astonished! I perceived this as being miraculous. At that moment, I decided that was what I was going to do with my life. Create miracles.”

Here at ELB, we remember Milton Glaser with enormous fondness and awe for the lifetime of ideas he realized. We feel lucky to have had the chance to be around his work, to share his wonderfully inventive stories with a contemporary audience, and to bring young readers close to the work of a man whose mind was always in motion.

“I think what I feel fortunate about is that I am still astonished—that things still amaze me. And I think that that’s a great benefit of being in the arts, where the possibility for learning never disappears; where you basically have to admit you never learn it.”

One of a kind and irreplaceable, Mr. Glaser continues to inspire us to embrace the possibilities in everything we do not know, and to look forward to waking up each day with a new chance to recreate the world. 🧡
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If you’ve posted pictures in memory of Milton or have recollections to share, we’d love to see & hear them. Please leave us a comment so we can celebrate his life together. 🧡
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@ New York, New York

"It is astonishing, and of course discouraging, to see economics now elevated to the position of ultimate justifier and ...
07/03/2020

"It is astonishing, and of course discouraging, to see economics now elevated to the position of ultimate justifier and explainer of all the affairs of our daily life, and competition enshrined as the sovereign principle and ideal of economics. . . . It is impossible not to notice how little the proponents of the ideal of competition have to say about honesty, which is the fundamental economic virtue, and how very little they have to say about community, compassion, and mutual help. . . . For human beings, affection is the ultimate motive, because the force that powers us, as Ruskin also said, is not 'steam, magnetism, or gravitation,' but 'a Soul.'" –– Wendell Berry

For human beings, affection is the ultimate motive... with love the foundation of every act of creation, and the soul that which projects us toward an infinity twofold—as it is outside of us and as it is within.

This picture comes from "Crescendo" by Paola Quintivalle, illustrated by Alessandro Sanna. It represents the female body as a mountainside at the first month of pregnancy. This wonderful book takes us through all of the weeks and stages of development, into the embrace of the mystery that is every new life.

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“What happened? What’s up? What’s going on?”This is the story of Pan, a third grader, who is bursting with questions. He...
07/02/2020

“What happened? What’s up? What’s going on?”

This is the story of Pan, a third grader, who is bursting with questions. He’ll talk to anyone to satisfy his curiosity. But people
don’t always like his questions. Sometimes, to his confusion, they even get annoyed. Fortunately, Pan’s curiosity is not to be tamped down. There is compassion in every word he speaks, so when he discovers that what he mistook for Halloween makeup on a schoolmate’s face
won’t come off, he makes sure to find out what’s going on. Pan’s tenacious search for answers proves contagious, mobilizing the entire community. And what the final,
collective “What’s going on?” reveals is that ignorance is always a choice, and there are many things around us that demand a
second look.

#EnchantedLion #EnchantedLionBooks #RyojiArai #ArataTendo #speakingup #witnessing

Packing up to move once again: the 7th time in 16 years. We are returning to Red Hook, Brooklyn, into former factory hou...
06/30/2020

Packing up to move once again: the 7th time in 16 years. We are returning to Red Hook, Brooklyn, into former factory housing for workers.

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“I forget my mom and dad. I think only about Jerome, who I know by heart. And I say—yes. Raphael loves Jerome. I can say...
06/30/2020

“I forget my mom and dad. I think only about Jerome, who I know by heart. And I say—yes. Raphael loves Jerome. I can say it. It’s easy.”

With enormous gratitude to @thomas_scotto_auteur and @olivier_tallec for this gorgeous book that so beautifully shines a light on how simple and clear our feelings can be when we find the inner core & fortitude with which to claim them. “And I say yes. I can say it. It’s easy.”

#enchantedlionbooks #enchantedlion #pride🌈 #Pride #owntruth

“Drawing on Walls radiates that singular thingness with its sensitive, courageous homage to an artist whose short life c...
06/29/2020

“Drawing on Walls radiates that singular thingness with its sensitive, courageous homage to an artist whose short life cast a widening pool of light on so many, rippling across space and time.“ 💛
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Celebrating #PRIDE today, with these words from Maria Popova, which so wonderfully capture the radiant spirit of Keith Haring, whose light still shines brightly for so many, and whose bold line has never felt more alive, like a celebratory, all-inclusive embrace — a joyous, living reminder that “ART is for everybody.” LOVE, too, is for everybody. And we must continue to shout this, draw this, and fight for this, until everyone everywhere can feel safety and pride in the singular thingness of BEING their own true self. 💛💫✏️〰️🏳️‍🌈
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Read Maria’s full reflection on Matthew & Josh’s beautiful book over on Brain Pickings (https://www.brainpickings.org/2020/06/26/drawing-on-walls-keith-haring/). 🔗 Link in bio! 💛
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#pride #pridemonth #love #keithharing #keithharingart #enchantedlionbooks #enchantedlion #brainpickings #drawingonwalls #matthewburgess #joshcochran @ New York, New York

JOIN US tomorrow for #TheBookAwardCelebration! ✨ We’ll be there to celebrate “Brown” and “Do Fish Sleep?”, and our deep ...
06/27/2020

JOIN US tomorrow for #TheBookAwardCelebration! ✨ We’ll be there to celebrate “Brown” and “Do Fish Sleep?”, and our deep appreciation for the powerful art of translation. We are grateful for the work of literary translators everywhere, but in particular for the work of Kari Dickson, who translated “Brown” from Norwegian, and Belinda Cooper, who translated “Do Fish Sleep?” from German. Without their commitment, sensitivity, and precision, the deliciously dry humor of “Brown”, and the wry observations of the 10-year-old girl in “Do Fish Sleep?” could have easily been lost in transit on the way to English. We are grateful for the art of translation that has given us these stories and so many others –– an art that is always expanding us, to access & to appreciate the unknown with an ever more open, curious heart. 💛📖
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An enormous THANK YOU to the 2020 Batchelder committee for the award and for the honor. 🔗 Link in bio to ALA’s YouTube channel, where you can watch the ceremonies premiere live! 💫
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ALA will be premiering different award ceremonies throughout the day on their YouTube channel, beginning with the Coretta Scott King Book Awards (10am EST), and concluding in the evening with the Newbery and Caldecott Medals, and the Children’s Literature Legacy Award (8pm EST). See a full schedule for the day on their site (http://www.ala.org/news/book-award-celebration)!
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#TheBookAwardCelebration #ALA #ALSCYouthMediaAwards #BatchelderAward #EnchantedLionBooks #EnchantedLion #Translation #BooksInTranslation #KariDickson #BelindaCooper #HåkonØvreås #ØyvindTorseter #JensRaschke #JensRassmus

Holding space for contradiction, difference, nuance:“The farthest star and the mud at our feet are a family; and there i...
06/26/2020

Holding space for contradiction, difference, nuance:

“The farthest star and the mud at our feet are a family; and there is no decency or sense in honoring one thing, or a few things, and then closing the list. The pine tree, the leopard, the river and ourselves — we are at risk together, or we are on our way to a sustainable world together. We are each other’s destiny.” — Mary Oliver

Interconnection is all, and it’s good to remember that enchantment and ideology will always be at odds, for only one holds space for the messy difficult difference of both/and.

Gorgeous art by @pingszoo for The Strange Birds of Flannery O’Connor, A Life by @amyalz. From the mud to the stars!

#enchantedlionbooks #enchantedlion #pingzhu #amyalznauer #strangebirds #flanneryoconnor

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Could you please share contact info for Mara Popova? Or if I E mail you would you be kind enough to forward to her? Thank you!
Hi -- are you hoping to print another edition of The River please?
Do you have submission guidelines for writers?
Congratulations on the stellar review and exploration of "The Forest" by Maria Popova's Brain Pickings!
Happy publication day to Helen Borten for The Jungle! Go Mom, and go Enchanted Lion!
Just read and reviewed Emma AdBage's The Grand Expedition. Loved it!
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