Me, Frida plus more

New Recommendations and Award Nominee Review


Me, Frida

written by Amy Novesky and illustrated by David Diaz

published by Abrams in 2010

nominated for Pura Belpre

Pura Belpre Award Nominee

Pura Belpre Award Nominee

  • IMG_5356IMG_5357IMG_5358gorgeous illustrations grace this visually stunning Picture Book Biography
  • following the life and art of Frida Kahlo and her husband Diego Rivera
  • documents the struggles Frida faced with social isolation- and the journey towards finding her own personal style
  • valuable book for budding artists and creative types age 7-9

Achoo! – Good Manners Can be Contagious

by Mij Kelly and Mary McQuillan

published by Barron’s in 2007

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  • Do your self a favor and read this book- we laughed until we cried with this one- a real gem
  • Rhyming picture book which extols the Golden Rule- Do Unto others as you would have them do to you in such a humorous and engaging way – young readers will beg to have this book read to them repeatedly

“Wash your hands before you eat. Don’t stand in your dinner. Sit in your seat. Try not to burp and whatever you do, keep your mouth shut when you chew!”

The Fourteenth Goldfish

by Jennifer L. Holm

published by Random House in 2014

The Fourteenth Goldfish

  • Believe in the impossible/possible
  • excellent science fiction(lite) Middle Grade Fiction – perfect for age 9-11 year olds
  • a scientist grandfather discovers a formula for anti aging- nice family interactions between 3 generations of an American family featuring a working  single mom
  • humorous and encouraging
  • highly recommended

Charlotte in Giverny 

by Joan MacPhail Knight illustrated by Melissa Sweet

published by Chronicle Books in 2000

Charlotte in Giverny

Charlotte in Giverny

  • HIGHLY recommended
  • This book is a treasure
  • Diary/Letter style with lots of beautiful reproductions of famous art pieces and including french vocabulary in appealing and fresh ways
  • Follows the life of a young girl, Charlotte and her family while her father who paints in the south of France alongside the great artists, Monet, and Renoir
  • filled with ephemera of photographs and items from the garden- this book bounces along and is part of a series following Charlotte

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