How I wished I could buy books by every speaker at SCBWI-LA last week! Alas, neither my suitcase, nor my bank account would allow it, but here's a rundown of the nonfiction books I came home with.
No Monkeys, No Chocolate by Melissa Stewart and Allen Young, illustrated by Nicole Wing shows the science of interdependence in nature in a kid-friendly way.
In Brave Girl: Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers' Strike of 1909, author Michelle Markel tackles the complex subject of labor unions by telling the story of one young garment worker's determination and courage. Melissa Sweets illustrations are wonderfully detailed.
Lots of action and drama in The Kite that Bridged Two Nations by Alexis O'Neill, illustrated by Terry Widener, the story of a boy and his dream to fly his kite across the Niagara River.
The combination of science and art, including vibrant illustrations by Violeta Dajija and spare lyrical poetry by Laura Purdie Salas, make A Leaf Can Be a feast for the senses.
The story of Me and Momma and Big John is based on one of America first woman stonecutters. Author Mara Rockliff and illustrator William Low's combined talents explore the grace and dignity of a craftperson's work even if it never brings fame or fortune.
The nonfiction picture books available for kids today are quality works of art. Text and illustration work together to tell multi-leveled stories that will resonate with young and old alike.
Last but not least, one fiction picture book Dizzy, illustrated by our own Eastern Washington artist Kary Lee.
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