Here are a list of some great #ownvoices picks coming out in June for children and teens.
All the Things We Never Knew by Liara Tamani
Asha and the Spirit Bird by Jasbinder Bilan
Forest of Souls by Lori M. Lee
Hunted by the Sky by Tanaz Bhathena
I’ll Be the One by Lyla Lee
Lulu the One and Only by Lynnette Mawhinney, illustrated by Jennie Poh
Nana Akua Goes to School by Tricia Elam Walker, illustrated by April Harrison
The Shared Room by Kao Kalia Yang, illustrated by Xee Reiter
A Song Below Water by Bethany C. Morrow
A Song of Wraiths and Ruin by Roseanne A. Brown
The Way to Rio Luna by Zoraida Cordova
You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson
Hello, Neighbor! The Kind and Caring World of Mister Rogers by Matthew Cordell (9780823446186)
Journey into the gentle world of Fred Rogers and the neighborhood and community he created on his iconic television show for children. Children are immediately shown the sets for the TV show and then carried back to Fred’s childhood playing the piano and making puppets. When he first saw television, Fred realized that an opportunity was being wasted and that this new media could be a tool for education. He began to work in television as well as studying about children and their needs. His television show launched in 1968 and quickly became embraced by children and families. His show broke many barriers, speaking to children with respect, broaching difficult subjects, and offering real diversity and inclusion in his neighborhood.
There are several picture book about Mister Rogers out this year, but this is the only authorized one. It is also the only one created by Caldecott Medalist Cordell who beautifully captures the spirit of Mister Rogers on the page. From his way of looking directly into the camera and right to the child in the room to his songs, his puppets and much more. Just as with Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, Cordell’s entire book has a gentle nature to it, offering a place to find safety and acceptance.
Given his skill as an illustrator, it should be no surprise that Cordell’s illustrations are well done. Here they invite readers behind the scenes of creating a TV show. They also capture the lyrics of songs sung on every episode by Mister Rogers. Glimpses of important shows are offered throughout, something that will offer a little thrill to fans of the series.
Gentle, lovely and pure Mister Rogers. Appropriate for ages 3-6.
Reviewed from e-galley provided by Neal Porter Books.