Picture books are one of my favorite genres as you can read something and then say, “I READ that book!” Okay, so it is only 45-50 pages, but you accomplished something. And these below titles are ones that you should feel proud of accomplishing.
The World Below the Brine by Walt Whitman is the poet’s work about the day and the world around him. The art of James Christopher Carroll is what makes this book worth the time. Sure, you can read a poem by a favorite poet, or you can read a poem by someone you know but have not read a lot of. Either way, you take Carrolls’s art and say, “Well, dang! Look at those blues, yellows, and purples! Take a gander how that line swishes and that swashes across the page! And by golly them are some fine details to let my peepers peep!” While all ages can listen and view this picture book, adults will appreciate the artistic nature perhaps more than the child.
I was not sure Kick Push was going to be a book I would enjoy. However, Frank Morrison surprised me with a familiar story (moving to a new neighborhood and trying to make friends) but adds a modern spin. When Epic tries to fit in, things do not work out as hoped, but when he starts to be himself and do what he does best, the sky is the limit. The sport of skateboarding plays an important role in this book for all ages. The illustrations created by Morrison are both fresh and have a 1980s retro feeling due to the spray-painted feature. The graffiti look gives it a bold and fun look. Colors pop and the details are plentiful. Due late March-early April 2022.
From the creators that brought you Pink is for Boys we have Robb Pearlman and Eda Kaban doing Dolls and Trucks Are for Everyone. The shorter styled story is a repeat of saying that things are genderless with most things, but especially when it comes to toys. And adding things to anyone can play with trucks or dolls, there is also no gender for what you want to be or do. Things are good for everyone. You can dance, cook, or even reach for the stars. This is an idealistic, but sweet, take on the subject. However, it really is saying the same things of Pink is for Boys. The younger listener and early to starting solo reader would most likely enjoy this book best.
Finally, I add We Are Better Together. Bill McKibben (yes that Bill McKibben) created a story that shows humanity and life here on the planet we call home. The anxieties we feel about some of today’s issues are addressed and McKibben also gives ways to counter that are a given. Lovely illustrated by Stevie Lewis, this book is an environmentalists dream come true. What you see is what you get. And part of what you see are some colorfully bright and specially detailed illustrations. They holler out the theme and the tone right along with the text. Goodies galore fill each page. A lot is going on in this book, but it is accessible to most ages. Add this book to your Earth Day celebrations.
Grab one or all and find a cozy spot to snuggle up and enjoy these treasures!