Since I had a little time on my hands, I decided to use my time wisely and take myself out on another book date. This time my target was the local independent bookstore, Book Express.
I asked the owner of the store what picture books are the most popular. No surprise, he mentioned “The Book with No Pictures” by B.J. Novak and “The Day the Crayons Quit” by Oliver Jeffries.
Then he mentioned that a third popular recently published book is the book of poems by Dennis Lee of “Alligator Pie” fame. “Melvis and Elvis” is a book of poems dedicated to the theme of discovering the joy of reading. Watch the video below to see Dennis Lee read one of the poems from “Melvis and Elvis”. To learn more about “Melvis and Elvis”, check out this interview of Dennis Lee by CBC Canada.
I was then thrilled to find that the third of Alma Fullerton’s picture books set in Africa is out! “In a Cloud of Dust” is set in Tanzania, where my father comes from, so immediately I was intrigued. In many communities in Africa, children have to walk several hours to and from school. Enter the libraries. But these are not the libraries you may envision, ones full of books, but instead bicycle libraries! Children can sign out bicycles in order to make their commute to and from school much shorter. Can you imagine? What a fabulous idea!
I first heard of Alma Fullerton when my daughter won her book called “Community Soup”. Then I attended a talk by her, where I learned more about Alma and her inspirational background.
“In a Cloud of Dust” is a winning addition to anyone’s library.
Feel free to add some recent picture books that you have discovered in the comments below.
To see some of the work of local authors, including ones from Natalie Hyde and Frank Glew, and also “Introducing Sophia Firecracker” by A. A. Riley, click here.