Here are the links I shared on my Twitter, Pinterest, and Tumblr accounts this week that I think are cool:
20 children’s books for mini-feminists
“Books on Film: Morris Micklewhite’s Controversy”
Ignite her curiosity with these books starring science-loving Mighty Girls!
Lane Smith explains the origins of his darkly funny picture books
Michael Rosen’s greatest quotes to mark his 70th birthday!
Middle Grade Books Take on Mature Topics
My Brother is a Superhero wins best children’s book award
Revered children’s illustrator told to ‘change stereotypical images’
Through The Looking Glass: How Children’s Books Have Grown Up – NPR
Why every parent should read to their kids
“Knowledge Is Power: Serving Gender Diverse Youth in the Library”
“North Carolina Librarians, Library Associations React to HB2 [Library Journal]”
“10 New YA Books to Read This Summer”
Kentucky Parent Warns of ‘Filth’ in Looking for Alaska via
Why we shouldn’t protect teenagers from controversial issues in fiction
Life Without Nico by Andrea Maturana, illustrated by Francisco Javier Olea (InfoSoup)
Maia and Nico are best friends. They love playing together. But then one day, Nico’s family announce that they are moving across the world. When Nico leaves, Maia is left with an empty feeling inside. The emptiness gets bigger and bigger, not allowing her to play with other kids. But things get better as time passes. Maia finds a kitten, learns to play the piano, and makes a new friend at school. Soon it is time for Nico to return. At first, Maia is scared that things will be different, but soon she discovers that Nico once again fills the emptiness for her.
This story told from the point of view of the person left behind when someone moves away is a nice change of perspective from most picture books about moving. Originally published in Mexico, this picture book captures the progress of emotions that come from losing a close friend. The empty feeling is beautifully portrayed in the story and then the gentle change to meeting new people and finding new hobbies is shown with delicacy.
Olea’s illustrations are striking. I particularly appreciate the way he incorporates the empty feeling visually on the page, shadows cast by other objects but that also speak to the emotions that Maia is feeling right then. Characters in the book have skin of wildly different colors that show various but indistinct races. The result is a book of shadows, light and rich color.
A lovely book on moving and grief, this picture book is one worth sharing. Appropriate for ages 4-6.
Reviewed from digital galley received from Kids Can Press and Edelweiss.