Day: April 7, 2017

This Week’s Tweets, Pins and Tumbls

Here are some cool links I shared on my Twitter, Pinterest, and Tumblr accounts this week:

CHILDREN’S BOOKS

The colour in anything: illustrations by Quentin Blake – in pictures

Economics, Money, and Class in 2017 Picture Books Today — A Fuse #8 Production

Genes May Significantly Impact Reading Ability | Psych Central News

New crop of children’s books celebrates spring in colorful ways

Reading between the lines: Children’s and YA literature deserve more credibility

TEEN LIT

21 ‘Trends’ YA Literature Needs To Embrace In The Coming Years

Carolyn Mackler Expands on a YA Favorite

Claire LaZebnik on Her New YA Novel About Sisters, Autism, and “Things I Should Have Known”

An Interview with Laini Taylor, Author of Strange the Dreamer

Macmillan Children’s scoops fantasy trilogy in six-figure Bologna deal | The Bookseller

This House, Once by Deborah Freedman

This House Once by Deborah Freedman

This House, Once by Deborah Freedman (9781481442848, Amazon)

Simple and profound, this picture book by a master author/illustrator takes a look at the wonder behind everyday objects like a house. The door was once a huge oak tree. The stones were raised from deep underground. The bricks came from mud that was baked hard. The windows were once sand. The book takes a quiet and focused look at the transformation of materials into the items that surround us.

I find myself unable to capture in words the beauty of this quiet book. It has a gorgeous meditative quality to it, a look at the importance of the history of our things, their origins and the skill that it took to make them. Freedman manages to convey all of that with simple words and taking a look at where all of the parts of the house came from one after another. The ending wraps it all up, tying it all back to the front door as the house comes to life around the reader.

Freedman’s art is dreamy and soft. She creates clouds and leaves with watercolors that feather on the page. Young animals play together in the natural settings that the objects originated in. There are puddles, mud, stones underground, and more. Then the house, solid and warm, lit with by a fireplace, still open to dreams.

A brilliant picture book that will entrance young readers, little builders and budding scientists. Appropriate for ages 3-5.

Reviewed from copy received from Atheneum Books for Young Readers.