Wednesday, August 29, 2018

New Book Alert: The Stuff of Stars

Oh my word, this book.

The Stuff of Stars (2018) by Marion Dane Bauer and illustrated by Ekua Holmes arrives in stores on Tuesday. I was already a huge fan of Ekua Holmes' work (her illustrations for Voices of Freedom: Fammie Lou Hamer the spirit of the Civil Rights Movement won a Caldecott Honor and Out of Wonder was one of my favorites from last year), but her illustrations for this book are simply stunning. The use of color is always a strong signal of her work, but the use of marbling takes it to another level. I want to frame this book and hang it on my walls.

Stepping back from the illustrations (if you can), the text is also stunning. Marion Dane Bauer has created a sparse and lyrical text that weaves the entire story of the universe, from the Big Bang right up to today into a poem. This is a book I could see being used everywhere from science classrooms to a mentor text in language arts to a must-have gift for baby showers. You will want to see this one for yourself.

(An advanced review copy of the book was provided by Candlewick. All thoughts are my own.)

Saturday, August 4, 2018

August #diversekidlit

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