HELEN ROBINSON DESIGN designs and produces promotional materials (brochures, posters, book covers and interiors) that reflect client needs  clearly, concisely, beautifully, and creatively.  Owner Helen Robinson has over thirty years of design experience including book design, poster and brochure design, museum exhibit design, and jewelry design. For the past ten years she was the art director of Front Street Books. She created a high profile and recognizable visual identity for Front Streetwhich contributed to establishing a national and international reputation for this small independent book publishing company with a list of award-winning books. Helen Robinson is also the art director for namelos - a consortium of publishing professionals (namelos.com).




WORDSONG POETRY. Birmingham, 1963 by Carole Boston Weatherford. AWARDS: Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award; Jefferson Cup Award; Jane Addams Children's Book Award, Books for Older Readers Honor Book; Kirkus Reviews' Editor's Choice list; Featured in MOSAIC 2007, an annual multicultural literature exhibit hosted by Lincoln (NE) Public Schools Library Media Services; Included in the 2008 edition of The Best Childrens Books of the Year, an annotated bibliography from the Childrens Book Committee of Bank Street College of Education in New York City; Lion and the Unicorn Award for Excellence in North American Poetry Honor Book; Best Children's Books of 2008  Christian Science Monitor empty   empty WORDSONG POETRY. Bugs by David L. Harrison, illustrated by Rob Shepperson. Award: Children's Books, 2007 - 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing, New York Public Library
FRONT STREET BOOKS. Boat in the Tree by Tim Wynne-Jones, illustrated by John Shelley. REVIEW: Sophisticated illustrations and prose are well-matched, and a valuable lesson subtly presented - Kirkus empty   empty WORDSONG POETRY. Castles by Rebecca Kai Dotlich, illustrated by Dan Burr. AWARDS: Emphasis on Reading Alabamas Childrens Choice Book Award Program; voted by Alabama students as their favorite book in the Grades 4-6 category
WORDSONG POETRY. Pirates by David Harrison illustrated by Dan Burr. Child readers will come for the subject matter, and they'll stay for the lush art - Kirkus Reviews empty   empty WORDSONG POETRY. The Freedom Business by Marilyn Nelson, art by Deborah Dancy. Starred BOOKLIST review: In an extraordinary slave narrative recorded in 1798, Venture Smith remembers his capture in Guinea as a child... Smiths original, first-person account, published in 1798, appears opposite from Nelsons stirring poems, which are written in Ventures voice and both intensify and comment on Smiths experiences. ... Dancys blurry sepia background artĶincludes ink lines that evoke chains and ropes and then broken bonds. Its surprising that this essential part of American biography and history isnt more widely known. Suggest this as a crossover title to adults.
FRONT STREET BOOKS. Honey Badgers by Jamison Odone. REVIEW: Odone's debut book makes a deep bow to Maurice Sendak, with its somber palette and heavily crosshatched, pen-and-ink and watercolor wash illustrations. But the affectionate, dreamy text is his own. ...Visual references to myth (empty boats), fallen civilizations (Mayan stone sculptures), and wealth and education (velvet drapes and leather-bound books) give the story elegant resonance without weighing it down. ...Odone, tapping into a powerful vein of fantasy (what child would not rush to move into a cozy den with two gentle, furry parents?) has created the kind of book certain children will cling to, years after they abandon the rest of their picture book collections. - Publishers Weekly empty   empty FRONT STREET BOOKS. Jack and the Night Visitors by Pat Schories. REVIEW: Boy and dog, with their matching freckles, facial expressions, and orange hair/fur, are plenty appealing, but the exuberant aliens steal the show with their goofy antics and appearance (picture mini-tinmen with luminous Christmas-bulb eyes, noses, and antennae). The humorous details in the art (the spaceship looks like a VW bug without tires), the story's brief suspense, and the book's small trim size make this exactly right for pre-readers to read to an adult or enjoy on their own. - Book Links
FRONT STREET BOOKS. The Shadow by Donna Diamond empty   empty CALKINS CREEK BOOKS. Anyone who reads River Roads West by river guides Peter and Connie Roop can dip in anywhere in the volume and follow a water route through American history, learning much about culture, geography and the growth of the nation along the way - Kirkus Reviews. Kirkus also notes that the attractive format is supplemented by a thorough bibliography and a list of websites. [Its] excellent for research or for browsing.
FRONT STREET BOOKS. Four In All by Nina Payne, illustrated by Adam Sutcliffe Payne. AWARDS: CCBC Choices: Children's Literature Choice List; York Times Book Review Notable Book. REVIEW: Nina Payne's simple poem consists of only 56 common nouns that every child knows, which could suggest an infinity of stories, or none at all. The story that Adam Payne has found among those simple nouns is one that grows in complexity with every reading. One senses a gentle, guiding intelligence behind everything in the making of this four-square little production. The subtle, unforced message here is that even in a dark world, we build, we plant, we paint, we make music, and we love one another. - New York Times Book Review empty   empty LEMNISCAAT BOOKS. Grey Mouse by Anke de Vries, illustrated by Willemien Min. REVIEWS: The playful, painterly images of animals against an off-white background go well with the simple text. - Horn Book Guide  The artwork employs a good deal of white space that highlights solidly painted, simply rendered figures. - School Library Journal
WORDSONG POETRY. Tough Boy Sonatas by curtis L. Crisler, illustrated by Floyd Cooper was awarded a spot on Best Books for Young Adults 2008 list, which is sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). empty   empty FRONT STREET BOOKS. An Elk Dropped In by Andreas Steinhofel, illustrated by Kerstin Meyer. REVIEWS: This Christmas story offers something a bit more substantial than Rudolph. ... Billy recounts [the] events with aplomb, but there is a wistful side to his telling as well: the family, which also includes his older, know-it-all sister, is facing its first Christmas since the parents divorced. Meyers richly colored cartoon illustrations nicely balance Steinhfels straight-faced text. Billys parents dont reunite, and predictably Santa Claus appears, but many other elements, packed into the climax and denouement, will surprise and delight gentle readers. Like Mr. Moose, Billy is a dignified character that young readers will appreciate.  Booklist  Attractive overall design and...appealing...sophisticated cartoon-like illustrations. - Kirkus Reviews  A charming, if offbeat, Christmas fantasy. - School Library Journal
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