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Books I Can’t Wait to Get My Hands On: 2019 Picture Books Edition (H – M)

17 Mar

Pt. 2 – MOAR BOOKS! I am so late in getting this post done that some of these books have already been released and I have already gotten my lucky hands on them. But maybe you haven’t?

Hair Love by Matthew A. Cherry, illustrated by Vashti Harrison

Because… dads, loving your hair and illustrations by Vashti Harrison? YES PLEASE.

The Happy Book (and other feelings) by Andy Rash

Because… Andy Rash’s Are You a Horse? is hilarious and a great storytime read. And we can always use more books about feelings!

High Five by Adam Rubin, illustrated by Daniel Salmieri

Because… interactive books are an easy sell. And from the team that brought us Dragons Love Tacos? Yes, please! 

Hey, Water by Antoinette Portis

Because… I will always read an Antoinette Portis book. This one is non-fiction!

Hush Little Bunny by David Ezra Stein

Because… the traditional lullaby is reimagined with a dad as the singer! It’s already been released so check it out now! 

I’m Worried by Michael Ian Black, illustrated by Debbie Ridpath Ohi

Because… the first two books in this series, I’m Bored and I’m Sad, were excellent. And we need more books to help children deal with worries and anxiety. Plus, potato.

Like a Lizard by April Pulley Sayre, illustrated by Stephanie Laberis

Because… April Pulley Sayre produces some of the best storytime-appropriate non-fiction books out there. 

A Little Chicken by Tammi Sauer, illustrated by Dan Taylor

Because… Tammi Sauer. ‘Nuff said. Also – check out the cool glasses on that chicken.

The Little Guys by Vera Brosgol

Because… I don’t know what’s going on here, but I think I like it!

A Little Book about Spring by Leo Lionni, illustrated by Julie Hamilton

Because… Leo Lionni!

Little Taco Truck by Tanya Valentine, illustrated by Jorge Marti

Because… A book about a taco truck? Why did no one think of this earlier? And doesn’t that little truck look cute as a button?

Lola Goes to School by Anna McQuinn, illustrated by Rosalind Beardshaw

Because… I had my first meaningful experience witnessing the power of representation in picture books when a little girl who looked just like Lola chose one of her early stories. The Lola books have been special to me ever since. 

Lubna and Pebble by Wendy Meddour, illustrated by Daniel Egneus

Because… we absolutely need more stories about the refugee child’s experience.

Magic Ramen: The Story of Momofuku Ando by Andrea Wang, illustrated by Kana Urbanowicz

Because… I love ramen. And haven’t you ever wondered how those delicious bricks of instant ramen magic came about?

Mary Wears What She Wants by Keith Negley

Because… the title could have been written about me? Also, I’ve seen this one and it is excellent. Would work well in a storytime about individuality and even gender nonconformity – Mary in this book was one of the first to buck gender norms and wear pants. 

Mighty Reader and the Big Freeze by Will Hillenbrand

Because… doesn’t that dog look a little bit like Underdog? Also, I love a reading superhero!

Monkey Time by Michael Hall

Because… I enjoy Michael Hall’s illustrations. And a story helping children understand the passage of time seems useful! 

Music for Mr. Moon by Philip C. Stead, illustrated by Erin E. Stead

Because… the Steads’ books are always poignant and beautiful.

My Footprints by Bao Phi, illustrated by Basia Tran

Because… the premise, about a Vietnamese-American girl with two moms who feels “double different” and is bullied, sounds like a story much needed. 

My Heart by Corinna Luyken

Because… I have seen this one and it is, indeed, heartfelt.

My Mama is a Mechanic By Doug Cenko

Because… his companion story, My Daddy is a Princess, was great.

My Papi Has a Motorcycle

Because… more dad love! And SHE HAS A UNICORN HELMET.

Next post, with the last of the books, coming soon(er than the time it took me to get this one done after the first!).

 

 

Books change lives: example #1

26 May

I was half-listening this morning to NPR as I (late as usual) hurried to get ready for work.  However, I was stopped cold when I heard this, spoken by President Obama as he introduced Sonia Sotomayor as his nominee for Supreme Court Justice:  “It’s my understanding that Judge Sotomayor’s interest in the law was sparked as a young girl by reading the Nancy Drew series.”

Hello! Books really DO change lives. It led this woman from a humble upbringing in the Bronx to, possibly, the highest court in our land.

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