I spent the past week at a writer’s retreat and besides all the workshops (which were wonderful!) and critiques, I read picture books – lots of them. I woll spread this over a couple of weeks, but here are my favourite ones:
Boxes for Katje by Candace Fleming
I must admit, I had tears while reading this book. It was such an inspiring, lovely story. A review wouldn’t do it justice. Just read it!
Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns by Hena Khan
The subtitle says it is a Muslim book of colours, but it is so much more. A wonderful early exploration of the Muslim religion. So enjoyed this book
Dream Something Big, The Story of the Watts Towers by Dianna Hutts Aston
Dianna spoke at the retreat and shared many of her books. This one drew me, with the story of Simon Rodia and his incredible years long creating of the towers. The artwork by Susan L. Roth was stunning. What a fascinating history of how the towers were built. Loved it.
The Secret Cave: Discovering Lascaux by Emily Arnold McCully
This was a fascinating history of the discovery of the Lascaux prehistoric paintings. Those paintings are incredible even after all of these years.
Amelia and Eleanor Go for a Ride by Pam Munoz Ryan
What a unique story – such an interesting way to look at two incredible women – Amelia Earhart and Eleanor Roosevelt. Amelia comes for dinner at the White House and the two women go for a ride with Amelia flying the plane.