Well, even if no one else is celebrating, I am still determined that November is Picture Book Month. A whole month dedicated to picture books sounds pretty good to me. I am going to start off with a few Canadian titles, so here goes!
First up, Encounter, written by Brittany Luby ; illustrated by Michaela Goade, published by Tundra, 2019. History from a different perspective. And isn’t it about time? Based on an actual journal entry by French explorer Jacques Cartier from his first expedition to North America in July 1534, this book gives us a view into what it may have been like for the Indigenous people who first encountered the explorers. The book shows that there’s always more than one side to the story. Excellent for Canadian history classroom discussion!
When Franny finds a new friend- a crow- she wants to share this with her father. Distracted by his work, he does not believe that a bird can be a friend, until he really pays attention to his daughter. A nice study in bird and human relationships. The illustrations are childlike and full of nature details. Of course you can be friends with a crow. Of course! Read about it in Hello, Crow by Candace Savage ; illustrated by Chelsea O’Byrne, published by Greystone Books, 2019.
It just won the Governor General Award for Illustrated Books, and has been touted far and wide. And with good reason. Sydney Smith’s latest book, Small in the City, follows a child as they ride the bus, and walk through the streets of Toronto, on their way home. The book showcases Smith’s art, with watercolour reflections and snowy landscapes that let you know the artist has been to these places. Make sure to read this book by one of Nova Scotia’s own!
In simple chapters, seasons stand as metaphor for the ages of life in Julie Flett’s lovely Birdsong. Follow the story of a young girl, feeling lost and out of place after moving to a new home, befriends an older woman who shares her love of arts and crafts, as they get to know each other, and the older woman’s health fails. It is a beautiful inter-generational tale to share.
That’s it for this week — stay tuned this month for more picture books, and follow me over on Instagram at picturebookpile_angela for more books, year-round!