Good Comics for Kids
December 27, 2023 by Betsy Bird
These are the nonfiction picture books closest to my heart. The ones that I truly feel did their jobs the best. Agree! Disagree! Debate! It's wide open.
May 29, 2023 by Betsy Bird
With a single photograph you get a truly great picture book pairing and the start of a beautiful collaboration. To life! To joy! To books!
April 15, 2023 by Betsy Bird
Children will come to this book for the sparkles. Grown-ups? Come to this book to find out how to make the best nonfiction for kids possible. Let this book be your guide.
January 17, 2023 by Betsy Bird
In his latest book Kwame Alexander tackles the subject of slavery head on, providing a template not just for teachers, but for any adult wishing to give the kids of today a better grasp on material that so many have worked so hard to avoid for all these years.
November 7, 2022 by Betsy Bird
We know that the standards to which we hold nonfiction picture books has changed in the intervening 21 years. So how does this Caldecott Honoree stand up today? Spoiler Alert: Surprisingly well!
October 14, 2022 by Betsy Bird
Choosing Brave is the book for kids we will turn to on the topic of Emmett Till for decades and decades and decades to come.
July 1, 2022 by Betsy Bird
With exquisitely clever art, this isn’t the first book I’ve seen on the subject of tree communication, but what I can say is that it’s the best written with the most useful illustrations to date.
March 11, 2022 by Betsy Bird
“Maybe because blue has such a complicated history of pain, wealth, invention, and recovery, it’s become a symbol of possibility, as vast and deep as the bluest sea, and as wide open and high as the bluest sky.” I consider a truly gorgeous bit of picture book history in the magnificently written and illustrated BLUE.
January 14, 2022 by Betsy Bird
It is the easiest thing in the world to write a mediocre picture book biography. Writing one that’s as good as Out of the Shadows, that knows precisely where to cut the story, how to present the art, and then allows you to fall in love with the subject? Such books are uncommon little gems.
Good Comics for Kids
Politics in Practice
by John Chrastka
100 Scope Notes
by Travis Jonker
by Steven Engelfried
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