MORE 'PICTURE-BOOK-BIOGRAPHIES' POSTS
"At the risk of sounding basic, I don’t think it’s possible to overrate the mango." I interview Mara Rockliff about her latest picture book biography and we end up talking fruit!
Each crop of yearly biographies runs the gamut from the uber famous to people who may not have ever even received an adult biography. I loved the sheer variety on display in 2020. Behold a sampling of some favorites.
Nikola Tesla! Inventor. Genius. Pigeon Lover? I talk with Azadeh Westergaard about her upcoming biography of the man and his dual love of alternating currents and city birds.
"People think that collaboration is about harmony, but that's wrong." A book release party like none other, I attend the celebration for Flying Paintings by Amy Alznauer and The Zhou Brothers.
Drawing On Walls is the kind of book that you wish other writers of children’s nonfiction would read. A story that justifies its very existence by justifying the very existence of its subject.
There have been Black picture book biographies coming out for years and years and years. Often their publishers either wouldn't or couldn't put the marketing dollars behind them that they so clearly deserved, and so these books would sink from view and be forgotten. Today, I want to revisit some of these books, just in case someone had a hankering to rediscover them.
Amy Alznauer returns to the blog to discuss new issues in the realm of writing nonfiction for kids, particularly as they pertain to one Flannery O'Connor.
Some of the biographies you'll find on today's list are of people hitherto uncelebrated while others offer a new take on a familiar name. Here are the biographies produced for kids in 2019 that struck me as particularly choice. Bet there's at least one on here you haven't see before.
How have I not done this round-up yet?!? It's baffling that I've waited this long, particularly when you take into account the sheer overwhelming number of picture book bios of exceeding beauty and charm we've been privy to in 2019. Here then, are some of the titles that have caught my eye (so far) this year.
Magic Ramen: The Story of Momofuku Ando looks like a simple tale about the man who invented instant ramen, but look closer and you’ll see that what the book truly is is a paean to the necessity of failure, the beauty of persistence, and the pleasure that comes after messing up 99 times only to get it right on the 100th.