Hey everyone, it’s Sarah!
Here are my selections for this month. If you are unfamiliar with the award it is given by the American Library Association to the illustrator that gave the most distinguished contribution to children’s literature.
Title: The Roots of Rap: 16 Bars on the 4 Pillars of Hip-Hop
Author: Carole Boston Weatherford
Illustrator: Frank Morrison
This work takes on the history of rap and its growth. The work focuses on key players in the rap world, as well as key trends. Not only does it discuss the music, but also the dancing and taggers that came along with it. This work expresses how rap is an important part of the black community, as well as it impact on world culture.
The illustrations are so realistic that it almost feels like I am holding a boombox. There is movement on every page, feeding into the vibe of the story. The attention to style and prints, gives a greater insight into the transition of style throughout time as well as it points to further cultural importance within the black community. This is a beautiful book that provides insight into the rap world.
Title: When Grandma Gives You a Lemon Tree
Author: Jamie L. B. Deenihan
Illustrator: Lorraine Rocha
While a little girl has great plans for her birthday gift list, her grandmother gives her a lemon tree instead. The main character is ready to ditch the tree at the first chance, but ultimately she keeps it and helps it grow. When the lemon tree finally produces lemons, she is able to setup her own lemonade stand. This allows her to buy more plants, which truly brings the community together.
This is one of my favorite books so far. It is equal parts funny and gorgeous. I love the details throughout, like the grumpy at on most pages and the little boy coloring with sidewalk chalk. You could read this book without actually “reading” it because the images are expressive enough to present the story. After reading this book, everyone is going to want to go out and get a lemon tree.