A book club for grown-ups who love kid lit!
Meets every third Wednesday, September through April, from 4:00 – 5:00 PM in the Foot Room at the Red Wing Public Library.
Pictures & Prose is a book club for librarians, teachers, caregivers, parents, grandparents, or anyone who truly loves children’s and young adult literature. Each month we discuss one picture book and one middle grade or young adult book. Members are also welcome to share other titles recently read and loved, old or new.
Another large and enthusiastic group gathered on Wednesday, October 9 to share picture book biographies–all of us coming away with lists of titles to explore or share. We all agreed that juvenile nonfiction in general is an excellent way to gain a succinct overview of any given topic, and the recent surge in picture book biographies, showcasing some stunning illustrations, makes them particularly appealing and helpful.
We will meet on Wednesday, November 20th at 4pm (note time change) to discuss nominees for the National Book Award for Youth Literature. Last month’s email gave you the Long List–since then, the Short List of finalists has been announced. Here they are with brief annotation:
- Akwaeke Emezi, Pet
- Jason Reynolds, Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks
- Randy Ribay, Patron Saints of Nothing
- Laura Ruby, Thirteen Doorways, Wolves Behind Them All
- Martin W. Sandler, 1919: The Year That Changed America
Look Both Ways, a novel told in stories by Jason Reynolds, conjures entire worlds out of ten city blocks by sharing the adventures and mishaps that befall children on their ways home from school and is punctuated by illustrations from Alex Nabaum. In Randy Ribay’s novel Patron Saints of Nothing, a Filipino-American student’s life is upended when his cousin is murdered in connection with President Duterte’s war on drugs—and no one will talk about it. Justice and denial also factor into Akwaeke Emezi’s genre-bending first novel for young readers, Pet, in which a transgender teenager lives in a world where adults refuse to admit that the monsters surrounding them actually exist. Set during World War II, Laura Ruby’s Thirteen Doors, Wolves Behind Them All is a novel that chronicles the struggles of siblings abandoned at an orphanage. Martin W. Sandler looks back in history with 1919: The Year that Changed America, which uses archival images to explore a year that brought about Prohibition, suffrage, and a flood of molasses.
Good reading, everyone!