We are happy to launch our Bimonthly theme this March and April: Girl Power and Women’s Wiles. We have chosen this theme primarily because March is Women’s Month. We are excited to feature books that showcase the power of girls and women: as seen through their laughter and quirkiness, their warmth and quiet courage, compassion and caring that know no bounds.
What’s even more awesome is the fact that the entire kidlit community is likewise celebrating Women’s History Month. Click here to be taken to the announcement post of Shelf-Employed about this lovely event that’s ongoing this March.
And as we have been doing the past bimonthly themes, we are launching it alongside our weekly contribution to In My Mailbox a Sunday meme hosted by Kristi from The Story Siren. Here are some of the books that I managed to borrow from our library which I feel is perfect for our bimonthly theme.
Hand-picked from the Community Library
Skit-Scat Raggedy Cat: Ella Fitzgerald written by Roxane Orgill and illustrated by a special favorite of ours here in GatheringBooks, Sean Qualls – I believe is a wonderful contribution to Nonfiction Monday and is in keeping with our theme. We hope to discover more picture book biographies of eminent women in their various fields and disciplines – those who have changed the face of their chosen domain or areas of talent. We are open to any suggestions that you might have. Crow Call by Lois Lowry and illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline is one book that I’ve been meaning to find for the longest time. It came as a lovely surprise to note that this was actually based upon a singular episode in Lois’ own life, also a possible contribution to Nonfiction Monday.
Speaking of non-fiction picture books, Me… Jane has reaped a number of awards this year – written and illustrated by Patrick Mc Donnell. This is based on Jane Goodall’s life. Princess Hyacinth: The Surprising Tale of a Girl Who Floated as written by Florence Parry Heide and Illustrated by Lane Smith strikes me as a mighty allegorical tale – and speaks volumes about women, girls, feminism, etc. Just you wait for my review on this one.
The Secret Lives of Princesses by Philippe Lechermeier and illustrated by Rebecca Dautremer is a book that has been featured here in GatheringBooks – but I have not had a chance to read through it yet, and as intrigued as I was by Fats’ review, I knew I had to borrow it from the library and read the book for myself. I didn’t realize it was so huge! Brave Irene by William Steig is a lovely picture book that speaks of a little girl’s strength of character, talk about girl power indeed!
Maudie and Bear by Jan Ormerod and Freya Blackwood apparently is also an Australian Award-winning book. Ormerod is another favorite of ours here in GatheringBooks especially as I have done a 2-in-1 review of her books Sunlight and Moonshine. Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol has also been receiving so much buzz since last year, I thought might as well borrow it to find out for myself what makes this book special. While this would have fit in nicely with our paranormal theme, the self-image issues of Anya and her navigating her way around high school as a teenage girl would make for a better discussion for our Girl Power and Women’s Wiles theme, I thought.
More books from the NIE Library
I went on a book-borrowing frenzy. This is like a tradition of sorts as we begin our bimonthly themes. I’ve been hearing so much about Tomie De Paola’s Strega Nona, I knew I had to feature it for our theme. There are also a great number of strong females as portrayed in Tomie De Paola’s Big Book of Favorite Legends.
The Paper Princess by Elisa Kleven and Miss Rumphius with story and pictures by Barbara Cooney would also be wonderful for our theme.
While I am a tad realistic about what I can manage to read, I always feel that good intentions should count for something. I am hoping that I will find the time to read Patricia C. Wrede’s Dealing with Dragons and Philip Pullman’s The Firework-Maker’s Daughter - Winner of the Gold Smarties Prize Award – good addition as well to our Award-Winning-Books (AWB) Reading Challenge (do sign up if you haven’t joined us yet).
Mama’s Saris by Pooja Makhijani with illustrations by Elena Gomez, I believe, capture that bond between mother and daughter through swirls of clothes and colors. Couldn’t wait to feature this one. Betsy Hearney’s Seven Brave Women as illustrated by Bethanne Andersen is also a shoo-in for our theme.
Ever since we featured Emily Arnold McCully’s The Banshee, I knew I had to find more of her books. It appears that she has written quite a number of picture books that fit beautifully with our theme: Mirette on the High Wire, a Caldecott Medalist, The Orphan Singer and Beautiful Warrior: The Legend of the Nun’s Kung Fu.
David Small and Sarah Stewart have also written a number of books that feature female protagonists, and I am excited to get to know their tandem more through our theme as seen in: The Friend, The Gardener, The Journey, and Imogene’s Antlers.