This nonfiction picture book has twenty-five page long biographies (X is a unique tribute to all those “women whose names we don’t know”) about historic women, including many less often lauded historical figures such as Dolores Huerta, The Grimke Sisters, Patti Smith and Ursula LeGuin. The biographies span two centuries, and some of those profiled are still living.
Read Rad American Women A-Z by Kate Schatz, illustrated by Miriam Klein Stahl, in one sitting, or read it out loud in a classroom or at home, one page a day.
Every page of The Black Book of Colors by Menena Cottin, illustrated by Rosana Faria and translated by Elisa Amado, is black with a short line of white print. Each line is also in Braille, and the pictures are raised like Braille in order for the reader to touch and imagine, using all of the senses but sight to envision a colour.
Use this book to start a conversation on the senses and visual impairment.
Books that have a limited vocabulary for early readers are usually rather drab. Smick, by Doreen Cronin and expertly illustrated by Juana Medina, entertains us with expressive illustrations, unexpected textures (it looks like Smick’s stick is a photo of a real stick, and Smick’s unlikely friend is an enhanced feather) and lots of energy (all in under 40 words–most of which end in -ick).
An apartment in Paris, a cat and a balcony equals a happy life for the cat who likes to watch the world from his rooftop perch. One day, he pounces on a bird outside and falls. Four beautiful full page spreads show the apartments the cat tumbles past as well as the cat’s surprise and fear. The cat is not hurt, except for his spirit, and you’ll have to read the book to find out how that is recovered.
C. Roger Mader’s Tiptop Cat is a lovely book about overcoming fear.
A child has an idea, then struggles with acceptance. The idea follows him around, and when he trusts his conscience, he realizes he feels happier. So he plays with the idea, and it grows. He builds it a new house, and finally, when the idea is ready, it changes the world. Besom’s playful illustrations gradually grow from black and white to colourful, inspiring us all to nurture those ideas.
What Do You Do With An Idea? written by Kobi Yamada and illustrated by Mae Besom makes an abstract concept tangible.