|from Stepping Stones: A Refugee Family's Journey. Art by Syrian artist, Nizar Ali Badr.|
In this text with amazing signature styled collages Jeannie Baker is know for, we learn about the extraordinary journey of the godwit who flies annually from the Arctic to Australia and New Zealand.
Detailed and lovely.
I purchase every book Baker creates and I am never disappointed.
Campoy, Isabel & Theresa Howell. (2016). Maybe Something Beautiful: How Art Transformed a Neighborhood. Illustrated by Rafael López. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin.
This is the true story of a neighborhood that was transformed by the work of muralist, Rafael López. The telling is narrative. I would pair this with images and information from the actual internet site of the artist that explains the project.
|From Polar Bear.|
|From Polar Bear|
Desmond, Jenni. (2016). Polar Bear. Brooklyn, NY: Enchanted Lions Books.
This is the second in a series of books about endangered animals. The first, The Blue Whale, caught my eye, as did Polar Bear.
Desmond's mixed media art work does justice in conveying the size, might, and beauty of the polar bear while her words lets us know why this animal is endangered.
|from The Blue Whale.|
Garland, Michael. (2017). Birds Make Nests. New York: Holiday House.
Ever since I first read Michael Garland's Dinner at Magritte's to Devon when he was just a small boy, I have enjoyed Garland's books. His attention to detail, coupled with his digital artwork always makes for fine books to read and view. Birds Make Nest is an example of a simple, yet detailed, informational text worth reading and viewing. For me this would be a staple in every primary classrooms.
|from I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark|
Levy, Deby. (2016). I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark. Illustrated by Elizabeth Baddeley. New York: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers.
This picture book biography about Supreme Court Justice, Ruth Bader Ginsburg just seems to gain such importance given the recent election in the United States that ushered in Donald Trump and his coterie of advisors. Understanding the power of dissent feels so critical.
|from Stepping Stones: A Refugee Family's Journey|
|Nizar Ali Badr|
Perhaps my favorite text of the group. Ruurs retells the journey of one refugee family fleeing for their lives from Syria to Europe. A stirring account. What makes this book so special, beyond the story, is the artwork.
Nizar Ali Badr, a Syrian artist from the port city of Latakia, arranges stones to convey the journey. I could study the images he makes for years.
The text is bilingual (English and Arabic).
|from Because of an Acorn|
Schaefer, Lola M. & Adam Schaefer. (2016). Because of an Acorn. Illustrated by Frann Preston-Gannon. San Francisco, CA: Chronicle Books.
An informational text like so many of Lola Schaefer's books, uses simple and clearly written text to convey complicated scientific matters. In this text, Schaefer demonstrates causal relationships in nature. Children love her books.
|from Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat.|
|from The Legendary Miss Lena Horne.|
Lyrical biography of Lena Horne, the jazz singer and civil rights activist by poet Carole Boston Weatherford. There's great depth here--moving beyond the fabulous voice of Horne's to also embrace the activist.
The collage work by Elizabeth Zunon complements and extends the written text. I also enjoyed and would recommend Weatherford's biography of Fanie Lou Hamer, Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer (mixed media artwork by Ekua Holmes.
|from The Secret Project|
|from Grand Canyon|
- Haring, Kay. (2017). Keith Haring: The Boy Who Just Kept Drawing. Illustrated by Robert Neubecker. New York: Dial Books. Released on 2.14.17.
- Chin, Jason. (2017). Grand Canyon. Roaring Brook Press. Released on 2.21.17
- Weatherford, Carole Boston. (2017). Dorothea Lange: The Photographer Who Found the Faces of the Depression. Albert Whitman & Company. Released on 2.28.17.
- Salas, Laura Purdie. (2017). If You Were the Moon. Illustrated by Jaime Kim. Millbrook Books. Released on 3.1.17
- Messner, Kate. (2017). Over and Under the Pond. Illustrated by Christophe Silas Neal. San Fransisco, CA: Chronicle Books. Released on 3.7.17
|from My Beautiful Birds|
- Del Rizzo, Suzanne. (2017). My Beautiful Birds. Toronto, ON: Pajama Press. Released on 3.8.17
- Alexander, Kwame & Chris Colderley. (2017). Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets. Mixed Media artwork by Ekua Holmes. Somerset, MA: Candlewick. Released on 3.14.17.
- Drummond, Allan. (2017). Pedal Power: How One Community Became the Bicycle Capital of the World. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Released on 3.28.17
- Yolen, Jane. (2017). Thunder Underground. Illustrated by Josée Masse. Honesdale, PA: WordSong. Released on 3.28.17 (poetry about nature).
- Released on 4.1.17
- Chabbert, Ingrid. (2017). The Last Tree. Illustrated by Raúl Nieto Guridi. Tonawanda, NY: Kids Can Press. Released 4.4.17. (Fiction)
- Jay, Alison. (2017). Bee & Me. Somerset, MA: Candlewick. Released on 4.7.17. (wordless)
|from Bee and Me|