it was a near thing…there was that cluttering interruption where I dropped off the face of the earth over a long weekend. even so, 30 days worth of picture books were posted, 3 of those days featuring Illustrators.
- Ganesha’s Sweet Tooth by Sanjay Patel & Emily Haynes, illus. Patel (Chronicle Books, 2012)
- Goldy Luck and the Three Pandas by Natasha Yim, illus. Grace Zong (Charlesbridge 2014)
- This is the Rope: A Story from the Great Migration by Jacqueline Woodson, illus. James Ransome (Nancy Paulsen Books (Penguin group), 2013)
- Migrant by Maxine Trottier, illus Isabelle Arsenault (Groundwood Books/ House of Anansi Press, 2011)
- The Cazuela That the Farm Maiden Stirred by Samantha R. Vamos, illus. Rafael López (Charlesbridge, 2011)
- Illustrator Spotlight: Felicia Hoshino : Little Sap and Monsieur Rodin w/ Michelle Lord (Lee & Low, 2006); A Place where Sunflowers Grow w/ Amy Lee-Tai, Japanese Transl. Marc Akio Lee (Children’s Book Press, 2006).; and Sora and the Cloud w/ Japanese transl. Akiko Hisa (Immedium, Inc., 2011).
- Bird by Zetta Elliott, illus. Shadra Strickland (Lee & Low 2008)
- Here I Am by Patti Kim, illus. Sonia Sánchez (Capstone 2014)
- Welcome to My Neighborhood!: A Barrio ABC by Quiara Alegria Hudes, illus. Shino Arihara (Arthur A. Levine 2010)
- Saltypie: A Choctaw Journey from Darkness into Light by Tim Tingle and Karen Clarkson (Cinco Puntos Press 2010)
- Nasreddine by Odile Weulersse, illus. Rébecca Dautremer, transl. Kathleen Merz (Eerdmans Books for Young Readers 2013)
- Fairly Fairy Tales by Esmé Raji Codell, illus. Elisa Chavarri (Aladdin 2011)
- Illustrator spotlight: Floyd Cooper : Danitra Brown Leaves Town w/ Nikki Grimes (Amistad/HarperCollins 2002) and These Hands w/ Margaret H. Mason (HMH 2011)
- Hush! A Thai Lullaby Peek! and A Thai Hide & Seek both by Minfong Ho, illus. Holly Meade (Scholastic 2000 & Candlewick 2004 respectively)
- Knock Knock: My Dad’s Dream for Me by Daniel Beaty, illus. Bryan Collier (Little, Brown for Young Readers 2013)
- Brush of the Gods by Lenore Look, illus. Meilo So (Schwarz & Wade Books 2013)
- One, Two, Tree! by Anushka Ravishankar & Sirish Rao, illus. Durga Bai (Tara Books 2004)
- The Rumor by Anushka Ravishankar, illus. Kanyika Kini (Karadi Tales 2009)
- Big Bushy Mustache by Gary Soto, illus. Joe Cepeda (Knopf Books 1998)
- Excuses, Excuses by Anushka Ravishankar, illust. Gabrielle Manglou (Tara Books 2012)
- The Line by Paula Bossio (Kids Can Press 2013 (first publ 2011))
- Oh, Brother! by Nikki Grimes, illus. Mike Benny (Greenwillow Books/HarperCollins 2008)
- Red Knit Cap Girl and Red Knit Cap Girl to the Rescue by Naoko Stoop (Megan Tingley Books/Little, Brown and Co 2012 & 2013 respectively)
- The Baby on the Way by Karen English, illus. Sean Qualls (Farrar Straus Giroux 2005)
- Wait! Wait! by Hatsue Nakawaki, illus. Komako Sakai, transl.Yuki Kaneko (Enchanted Lion Books 2013)
- My Mother’s Sari by Sandhya Rao, illus. Nina Sabnani (NorthSouth 2006)
- I’m Bored by Michael Ian Black, illus. Debbie Ridpath Ohi (Simon & Schuster for Young Readers 2012)
- The Midnight Library by Kazuno Kohara (Roaring Book Press 2014)
- Ellington Was Not a Street by
- Illustrator Spotlight: Yuyi Morales
My personal challenge for the 2014 reading year, to only read books by or featuring authors and/or illustrators of color, created a greater intentionality for this year’s ’30 Days.’ I wanted to find a diverse set of diverse books. I wanted multiple cultures with a limited showing of biographies, historical fictions, animal characters, and cultural lore. Some books were translations, others bilingual. Some authors were poets, playwrights and/or performers. Artistic mediums varied. Some authors and Illustrators were known to me, but a good majority were not.
No, I couldn’t possibly pick favorites from the lot. Maybe I should come up w/ some beauty pageant type categories to work with next time…or a bingo card.
I want to close saying that I am exceedingly grateful to have a great city public library. The nearest branch, in particular, recognizes the large populations of small-children run families, so its picture book area is pretty formidable for browsing shelves alone. All the books shared came off the local library shelf. I hope you have success getting a hold of these marvelous picture books as well.