Part of the perks of being on a book award committee is getting books to review. Last week I received a box of books from Boyds Mills Press (thank you!). So here’s what I’ll be reading this week:
A few I’ve gotten started with include:
Dreaming of You by Amy Ludwig VanDerwater and illustrated by Aaron DeWitt is, well…just dreamy! Amy’s lyrical language and Aaron’s inviting illustrations combine to deliver a wonderful read, perfect for bedtime or any time a story is begging to be read.
In I Just Like You, Suzanne Bloom reminds young readers that friends don’t have to be exactly alike, and that we should appreciate the diversity we find in the world. Perfect for preschoolers!
A Lady Has the Floor: Belva Lockwood Speaks Out for Women’s Rights is a wonderful picture book biography by Kate Hannigan, illustrated by Alison Jay. I learned a lot about this lesser known (at least to me) champion of equal rights. Belva Lockwood was the first woman to appear on a presidential ballot, and she did it at a time when women couldn’t vote! This book includes a timeline and primary source quotes making it a perfect mentor text for young nonfiction writers.
Garbage Island by Fred Koehler will be my travel read as I make my way to Houston for NCTE 18 later in the week.