Not all picture books are stories about bears or small children who don’t want to nap or pigeons—although I’m partial to anything with pigeons who want to drive. Not all nonfiction picture books are about animals in the wild or different kinds of homes or even historical figures – although I’m partial to those about artists and outside-the-box thinkers. I especially like the quirkier or less known historical figures like Louise Bourgeois and Alfred Ely Beach. Add in some really fantastic illustrations, like those in Cloth Lullaby and The Secret Subway, and I’m there.
With all of the interest in innovators out there, both of these books seem perfect for classrooms, as well as your favorite nerdy young scientist or artist. I won’t tell you what they’re about, because I don’t want to spoil anything about them. Take a look. See if you agree.
Cloth Lullaby by Amy Novesky and Isabelle Arsenault
The Secret Subway by Shana Corey and Red Nose Studio (Be sure to look at the back side of the cover to see how the art for the book was created. Very cool!)