We recently got new circulation tech at our library that isn’t exactly like the old stuff — is it ever? I am one of those people who doesn’t mind winging it on a lot of things, but I just know that if I don’t know really how tech stuff works, that’s the day I’m going to have five patrons ask me to help them navigate it.
So to avoid personal confusion next weekend when I work at a different branch which has slightly different new tech stuff, I decided to go peruse the new picture books at that branch so that I’d have an excuse to try out their machines in advance. But really, that trip was all about was finding new picture books I’ve somehow missed in my own bubble. It happens, friends. All the bases just can’t be covered sometimes.
And what did I find? At least 12 new books to look at. Woo hoo! Among them were these four really great picture book biographies, all about completely different kinds of people. Even better!
Sewing the Rainbow: the story of Gilbert Baker and the Rainbow Flag by Gayle Pitman and Holly Clifton-Brown
Not only does this book actually look glittery (oh my!), but it turns out that Gilbert Baker, the creator of the rainbow flag for the LGBT community was originally from Kansas. While Kansas mostly did not work out for him, he found a home and a career in San Francisco.
Thirty Minutes Over Oregon: a Japanese pilot’s World War II story by Marc Tyler Nobleman and Melissa Iwai
What’s really wonderful about this story is what happened many years after Nobuo Fujita bombed (somewhat unsuccessfully) the Oregon coastline. It’s a sweet story of forgiveness and the power of international relationships and friendship.
Hammering for Freedom by Rita Lorraine Hubbard and John Holyfield
Another amazing story, about William Lewis, an enslaved man who finds a way to free himself and his entire family, while also building a business and breaking boundaries. The illustrations are especially wonderful.
Eliza: the story of Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton by Margaret McNamara and Esmé Shapiro
Do you have any Hamilton fans in your life? We have one young patron who is a little obsessed with anything Hamilton these days, and while this isn’t a Ron Chernow biography – it’s several hundred pages shorter for one thing – it is packed with information and gives a fuller picture of Eliza’s fascinating life after Alexander’s death.