Yesterday I was organizing a shelf of books looking for poems and rhymes appropriate to read and recite to the new baby granddaughter. What I found instead was pure beauty. And so, I will share it with you.
I Am the Mummy Heb-Nefert by Eve Bunting. Illustrated by David Christiana. NCS-CBC Notable Children’s Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies.
Sierra by Diane Siebert. Paintings by Wendell Minor. Multiple award winner including International Reading Association Teachers’ Choice.
Blue Potatoes, Orange Tomatoes. By Rosalind Creasy. Illustrations by Ruth Heller. Heller is the writer and illustrator of numerous award-winning books. Though I bought this book twenty years ago, it is totally relevant today with the nationwide movement for school-age children to plant and eat healthy food. Its beauty is undiminished by years or fashion.
Verdi by Janell Cannon This author and illustrator has won numerous awards. I have always loved this story about a snake and his different colors.
Henry Hikes to Fitchburg by D.B. Johnson. The illustrations here are notably different from the other books shared, yet unforgettable. This book won many awards including Horn Book Award and School Library Journal Best Book of the Year. Daniel Pinkwater of NPR calls it “ a materpiece…the finest illustrations I’ve seen in years and years and year.” He suggests buying an extra copy to store for he next generation. I have done that, owning three of the “Henry” books.
A Desert Scrapbook by Virginia Wright-Frierson. I wish I owned all her books. There’s simply nothing else like her evocative and beautiful illustrations.
Spiders by Nic Bishop. The Robert F. Sibert Honor Book. Beauty here is found in the photographs and in the way different fonts are used to convery meaning in the print. This book is beautiful and scary at the same time.
I recommend all of these books. I could have written professionally and personally at length about each one. But you can learn about them if you wish. I wanted to share the beauty. Enjoy. Do you have a favorite based on the pictures?