The blog Archimedes Notebook helps children and parents find books for children that focus on science and environmental issues. Archimedes Notebook recently posted a blog post on picture books that explore science through the medium of poetry. One of the books the post praised is Thunder Underground, written by Jane Yolen and illustrated by Josée Masse. Thunder Underground explores the concept of the varied things that exist under our feet, from ant colonies to subway lines. Archimedes praised the way the story incorporates a variety of unique aspects of nature as well as the factual back matter. Archimedes’s blog post is available here. You can purchase Thunder Underground here.
From June 13th to October 15th, the Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History will be presenting an exhibit of artwork by Vermont natives. Entitled Draw Me a Story — Tell Me a Tale: Vermont Children’s Book Illustrators & Authors, the exhibit features 18 children’s book illustrators/authors. Sarah Dillard, author of Extraordinary Warren and the Mouse Scouts series, is one of these chosen authors! The exhibit includes two images from Warren and several more from Mouse Scouts. The image on the left from Extraordinary Warren is also featured on museum post cards. If you’re in Vermont in the upcoming months, make sure to check out this great display! More information about the exhibit is available here.
As flowers bloom, it’s important to think about the little insects that help make it all possible. Bees are now an endangered species and need humans’ help! To help spread knowledge about bees, Publishers Weekly published a list of “Buzzworthy Books About Bees.” Included on this list is Gerald Kelley‘s new picture book, Please Please the Bees, the story of what happens to one honey loving bear when his local bees go on strike. Please Please the Bees is an adorable story with lots of great lessons on how to make bees thrive. PW’s full list of recommended bee books is available here. Please Please the Bees can be purchased online here.
Each year, Skipping Stones, a magazine devoted to promoting cultural and ecological diversity in children’s literature, puts out a list of recommended children’s books. The chosen stories are ones that Skipping Stones feels contain important messages of diversity, environmentalism, and multi-culturalism. In honor of their twenty fifth anniversary, this year their list of winners is twenty five books long. Gabrielle Grimard‘s picture book, Lila and the Crow, is one of the lucky twenty five! Lila and the Crow is a picture that tells the story of a young girl who is bullied at her new school for her dark hair and skin. But a dawning friendship with a mysterious local crow teaches her to appreciate her own beauty and strength. Lila is Gabrielle Grimard’s authorial debut. Skipping Stones included it in the category of Multicultural and International books. Congratulations, Gabrielle! Lila and the Crow can be purchased online here.
Latinxs in Kids Lit, a blog that explores the presence of Latinx writers and illustrators in children’s and YA features, has been running a series of interviews featuring Latina illustrators. The most recent edition includes Alyssa Bermudez, illustrator of the recent picture book Lucía the Luchadora. They asked Alyssa questions focusing on her inspiration, her artistic process, and what picture books mean to her. Alyssa highlighted the importance of picture books and diversity in her answer, “Picture books are important because it allows children to visualize and understand their own stories as they grow up.” The complete interview can be found here.
It’s Canada’s 150th anniversary and in honor of this exciting event, Scholastic Canada released a new book entitled I Am Canada. Featuring the poem of the same title by Heather Patterson, this beautiful picture book is illustrated by some of Canada’s top artsts, including Painted Word’s own Ashley Spires. Happy anniversary, Canada! More information is available about I Am Canada here.