30 March 2018

30 Books about Women's History

The Daring Miss Quimby
written by Suzanne George Whitaker, images by Catherine Stock

A Death-Struck Year
written by Makiia Lucier

A Girl Named Dan
written by Dandi Daley Mackall, images by Renée Graef

Deadly
written by Julie Chibbaro

A Good Night for Freedom
written by Barbara Oleynik, images by Leonard Jenkins

Girl In Blue
written by Ann Rinaldi

Around America To Win the Vote: Two Suffragists, a Kitten, and 10,000 Miles
written by Mara Rockliff, images by Hadley Hooper

Hattie Big Sky
written by Kirby Larson

Doing Her Bit: A Story About the Woman's Land Army of America
written by Erin Hagar, images by Jen Hill

Laura Secord: A Story of Courage
written by Janet Lunn, images by Maxwell Newhouse

Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl's Courage Changed Music
written by Margarita Engle, images by Rafael López

Lost
written by Jacqueline Davies

Girl Wonder: A Baseball Story in Nine Innings
written by Deborah Hopkinson, images by Terry Widener

My Brigadista Year
written by Katherine Paterson

Louisa May & Mr. Thoreau's Flute
written by Julie Dunlap and Marybeth Lorbiecki, images by Mary Azarian

Sacajawea: The Story of Bird Woman and the Lewis and Clark Expedition
written by Joseph Bruchac, Abenaki

Miss Bridie Chose a Shovel
written by Leslie Connor, images by Mary Azarian

Searching for Silverheels
written by Jeannie Mobley

Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom
written by Carole Boston Weatherford, images by Kadir Nelson

Sold
written by Patricia McCormick

Pictures for Miss Josie
written by Sandra Belton, images by Benny Andrews

Sophia's War: A Tale of the Revolution
written by Avi

Ruby's Wish
written by Shirin Yim Bridges, images by Sophie Blackall

Touched by Fire
written by Irene N. Watts

She's Wearing a Dead Bird on Her Head!
written by Kathryn Lasky, images by David Catrow

Vengeance Road
written by Erin Bowman

Stagecoach Sal: Inspired by a True Tale
written by Deborah Hopkinson, images by Carson Ellis

The Daring Escape of Ellen Craft
written by Cathy Moore, images by Mary O'Keefe Young

The Escape of Oney Judge: Martha Washington's Slave Finds Freedom
written and illustrated by Emily Arnold McCully

The Paint Box
written Maxine Trottier, images by Stella East

22 March 2018

Caldecott Medal Favorites

Today is Randolph Caldecott's birthday, so here are some of my favorite Caldecott books. For this list, I've only included the winning books, not the honors.

This Is Not My Hat
written and illustrated by Jon Klassen
2013 winner

The Invention of Hugo Cabret
written and illustrated by Brian Selznick
2008 winner

Joseph Had a Little Overcoat
written and illustrated by Simms Taback
2000 winner

Snowflake Bentley
written by Jacqueline Briggs Martin, images by Mary Azarian
1999 winner

Rapunzel
written and illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky
1998 winner

Saint George and the Dragon
retold by Margaret Hodges, images by Trina Schart Hyman
1985 winner

Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears
retold by Verna Aardema, images by Leo and Diane Dillon
1976 winner

A Story A Story
retold and illustrated by Gail E. Haley
1971 winner

Sylvester and the Magic Pebble
written and illustrated by William Steig
1970 winner

Where the Wild Things Are
written and illustrated by Maurice Sendak
1964 winner

The Snowy Day
written and illustrated by Ezra Jack Keats
1963 winner

Once a Mouse ...
retold and illustrated by Marcia Brown
1962 winner

Make Way for Ducklings
written and illustrated by Robert McCloskey
1942 winner

17 March 2018

17 Books about Ireland

It's St. Patrick's Day! To help you discover a bit more about Ireland than today's celebrations, here are some books to enjoy.

A Swift Pure Cry
by Siobhan Dowd

Jamie O'Rourke and the Big Potato
written and illustrated by Tomie dePaola

The Long March: The True Story of the Choctaw Indians' Gift to the Irish During the Potato Famine
written and illustrated by Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick

Walking to School
written by Eve Bunting, images by Michael Dooling

Across a Dark and Wild Sea
written and illustrated by Don Brown

Black Potatoes: The Story of the Great Irish Famine, 1845-1850
written by Susan Campbell Bartoletti

Brigid's Cloak: An Ancient Irish Story
written by Bryce Milligan, images by Helen Cann

Kate Culhane, A Ghost Story
written and illustated by Michael Hague

Small Beauties: The Journey of Darcy Heart O'Hara
written by Elvira Woodruff, images by Adam Rex

The Easter Rising
written by Richard Killeen

The Last Snake in Ireland: A Story About St. Patrick
written by Sheila MacGill-Callahan, images by Will Hillenbrand

The Leprechaun's Gold
written by Pamela Duncan Edwards, images by Henry Cole

The Meanwhile Adventures
written by Roddy Doyle, images by Brian Ajhar

The Pirate Queen
written and illustrated by Emily Arnold McCully

The Wishing of Biddy Malone
written by Joy Cowley, images by Christopher Denise

Jamie O'Rourke and the Pooka
written and illustrated by Tomie dePaola

Bog Child
written by Siobhan Dowd

13 March 2018

Leo and Diane Dillon: An Appreciation

In honor of Diane Dillon's birthday, I believe an appreciation of this couple's work is in order.

They won two Caldecott medals, one Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award and numerous honors, and been runners-up for the Hans Christian Andersen Award.

Their body of work is breathtaking.

I can't remember when I first saw their artwork -- probably when Why Mosquitoes Buzz In People's Ears was read on Reading Rainbow. But I didn't truly appreciate their work until I became a librarian and saw the full range of their gifts.

I grew up in a small town with a small school library. I honestly can't tell you if that library owned any books that were illustrated by the Dillons. With such a small school library, my mother did her best to keep me up to my ears in new and classic children's books, but some works passed her by as well.

Nevertheless, I did find their work, and I am so glad I did.

The images they created glow, not only with light and warmth, but with humanity and dignity and beauty. The skills they possess!

In the book To Every Thing There Is a Season: Verses from Ecclesiastes, the Dillons use traditional artistic styles from around the world as inspiration. There are spreads inspired by Ancient Egypt, Thailand, the Middle East, and Ancient Mexico, among others. Each turn of the page shows different skills. It's gorgeous work.

Sadly, Leo Dillon passed away in 2012. However, Diane Dillon recently released a new picture book that looks as glorious as ever. I'm looking forward to reading I Can Be Anything! Don't Tell Me I Can't and losing myself in the images.

To see more of their artwork, visit The Art of Leo and Diane Dillon.

06 March 2018

6 Books About Texas History

Today is the 182nd anniversary of the Fall of the Alamo. Here are some books about Texas history.

Inside the Alamo
written by Jim Murphy

Miss Lady Bird's Wildflowers: How a First Lady Changed America
written by Kathi Appelt, images by Joy Fisher Hein

We Asked for Nothing: The Remarkable Journey of Cabeza de Vaca
written by Stuart Waldman, images by Tom McNeely

All Different Now: Juneteenth, the First Day of Freedom
written by Angela Johnson, images by E.B. Lewis

Babe Conquers the World: The Legendary Life of Babe Didrickson Zaharias
written by Rich Wallace and Sandra Neil Wallace

Born and Bred in the Great Depression
written by Jonah Winter, images by Kimberly Root