Five Children’s Books that promote gender equality

This collection of children’s books is a must have for your young reader’s shelf – proving to young girls and boys that girls can do anything they put their minds to.

1. Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty illustrated by David Roberts

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‘Rosie should indeed be revered: why, she’s practically a poster girl for positivity and empowerment. And we’re all in favour of gals excelling in the STEM subjects of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. Way to go, Rosie!’ Catherine O’Dolan – My Little Style File

Rosie may seem quiet during the day, but at night she’s a brilliant inventor of gizmos and gadgets who dreams of becoming a great engineer. When her Great, Great Aunt Rose (Rosie the Riveter) comes for a visit and mentions her one unfinished goal – to fly – Rosie sets to work building a contraption to make her Aunt’s dream come true. Her invention complete, Rosie attempts a test flight–but after a moment, the machine crashes to the ground. Discouraged, Rosie deems the invention a failure, but Aunt Rose insists that on the contrary, it was a raging success.

With a message everyone should remember: the only true failure is quitting, Rosie Revere, Engineer is a book that will encourage young girls to believe in themselves and explore all the things they enjoy.

Find out more and order your copy here.

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2. Interstellar Cinderella by Deborah Underwood illustrated by Meg Hunt

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“Deborah Underwood’s playful text provides god-robots, tools, sprockets, and a heroine who elects to explore, rather settle for marriage and Meg Hunts original, galactic illustrations remind young readers not to limit their dreams to the earthbound.” The Guardian: Picture books that draw the line against pink stereotypes of girls.

Once upon a planetoid, amid her tools and sprockets, a girl named Cinderella dreamed of fixing fancy rockets.

With a little help from her fairy god-robot, Cinderella is going to the ball. But when the prince’s ship has mechanical trouble, someone will have to zoom to the rescue! Readers will thank their lucky stars for this irrepressible fairy tale retelling, its independent heroine and its stellar happy ending – this bold retelling proves girls can be the heroine of their own stories.

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3. Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty illustrated by David Roberts

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“As brilliant and inspirational as the other titles in Andrea and David’s series, and a book destined to be talked about and adored far and wide. Brilliant!” Read It Daddy Blog: Book of the Week

Why are there pointy things stuck to a rose? Why are there hairs growing inside your nose? When her house fills with a horrific, toe-curling smell, Ada knows it’s up to her to find the source. Not afraid of failure, she embarks on a fact-finding mission and conducts scientific experiments, all in the name of discovery. But, this time, her experiments lead to even more stink and get her into trouble!

Inspired by real-life makers such as Ada Lovelace and Marie Curie, Ada Twist, Scientist champions girl power and women scientists and brings welcome diversity to picture books about girls in science. Touching on themes of never giving up and problem solving, Ada comes to learn that her questions might not always lead to answers, but rather to more questions. She may never find the source of the stink, but with a supportive family and the space to figure it out, she’ll be able to feed her curiosity in the ways a young scientist should.

Flying the flag for both diverse reads and girls in STEM, Ada Twist, Scientist is a must-read for kids everywhere!

4. Ada’s Ideas by Fiona Robinson

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“Fiona Robinson has created an originally illustrated, empathetically produced tale of a significant character in our history. Highlighting this incredible story of an eighteenth century young woman in complementary mixed media illustrations makes for a truly engaging read.” Picture Books Blogger

This non-fiction picture book about Ada Lovelace, the World’s First Computer Programmer, is a compelling portrait of a woman who saw the potential for numbers to make art and the power of imagination.

Give your young reader a they can look-up-to for her intelligence, perseverance and creativity.

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5. Hot Pink by Susan Goldman Rubin

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This non-fiction biography of Elsa Schiapaerelli will inspire and educate. Schiaparelli was one of the most innovative designers in the early 20th century, credited with many firsts: trompe l’oeil sweaters with collars and bows knitted in; wedge heels; shoulder bags; and even the concept of a runway show for presenting collections. Elsa Schiapaerelli defied expectations, tradition and shocked the world.

A bright and bold children’s books that proves that you can still be a BOSS in hot pink.

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Little Library | Picture Book Biographies

Fill your little one’s library with inspiration

From the story of Charles Darwin aboard the Beagle to a glimpse at the extraordinary life of Josephine Baker, we have a collection of picture book biographies sure to inspire and educate your budding young reader.

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Charles Darwin’s Around-the-World Adventure by Jennifer Thermes | Abrams Books

Charles Darwin was a scientist by profession but an explorer at heart. At age 22, Darwin embarked on his first voyage aboard a ship called the Beagle. This picture book follows Charles as he explores South America for the first time, collecting insects, galloping with Gauchos, digging up dinosaur bones, eating armadillo for breakfast, and making early discoveries related to evolution and natural selection. He encounters a volcano, a glacier and an earthquake and survives a harrowing five-year journey before returning home to England, determined to devote his life to the natural world. Complete with mesmerizing map work charting his voyage, the biography communicates Darwin’s ideas and discoveries with gentle illustrations that capture his admiration for the world around him.

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“Fiona Robinson has created an originally illustrated, empathetically produced tale of a significant character in our history. Highlighting this incredible story of an eighteenth century young woman in complementary mixed media illustrations makes for a truly engaging read.” picture books blogger

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Ada’s Ideas: The Story of Ada Lovelace, the World’s First Computer Programmer by Fiona Robinson | Abrams Books

Ada Lovelace (1815–1852) was the daughter of Lord Byron, a poet and Anna Isabella Milbanke, a mathematician. Her parents separated when she was young and her mother insisted on a logic-focused education, rejecting Byron’s “mad” love of poetry, but Ada remained fascinated with her father and considered mathematics “poetical science.” Via her friendship with inventor Charles Babbage, she became involved in “programming” his Analytical Engine, a precursor to the computer, thus becoming the world’s first computer programmer.

This picture book biography of Ada Lovelace is a compelling portrait of a woman who saw the potential for numbers to make art.

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Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker by Patricia Hruby Powell, illustrated by Christian Robinson | Chronicle Books

In exuberant verse and stirring pictures, Patricia Hruby Powell and Christian Robinsoncreate an extraordinary portrait of the passionate performer and civil rights advocate Josephine Baker, the woman who worked her way from the slums of St. Louis to the grandest stages in the world. Meticulously researched by both author and artist, Josephine’s powerful story of struggle and triumph is an inspiration and a spectacle, just like the legend herself.

On a Beam of Light

“This inspiring picturebook introduction to the life of Einstein has skilled, stylish, engaging illustrations and simple, lyrical text… It encourages children to look, think, visualise, solve problems, and dare to be different.” Nicolette Jones, Sunday Times Culture

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On a Beam of Light: A Story of Albert Einstein by Jennifer Berne, illustrated by Vladimir Radunsky | Chronicle Books

Travel along with Einstein on a journey full of curiosity, laughter, and scientific discovery. Parents and children alike will appreciate this moving story of the powerful difference imagination can make in any life.

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Manfish: A Story of Jacques Cousteau by Jennifer Berne | Chronicle Books

Before Jacques Cousteau became an internationally known oceanographer and champion of the seas, he was a curious little boy. In this lovely biography, poetic text and gorgeous paintings combine to create a portrait of Jacques Cousteau that is as magical as it is inspiring.

Cloth Lullaby

“Both sad and heart warming; this is a story worth sharing.”Magpie That

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“Such an engaging life story and one we urge you to read. Cloth Lullaby is a sensitively produced biography of a hugely creative woman.”picture books blogger

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Cloth Lullaby: The Woven Life of Louise Bourgeois by Amy Novesky and Isabelle Arsenault | Abrams Books

Louise Bourgeois (1911–2010) was a world-renowned modern artist noted for her sculptures made of wood, steel, stone, and cast rubber. Her most famous spider sculpture, Maman, stands more than 30 feet high.

Just as spiders spin and repair their webs, Louise’s own mother was a weaver of tapestries. Louise spent her childhood in France as an apprentice to her mother before she became a tapestry artist herself. She worked with fabric throughout her career, and this biographical picture book shows how Bourgeois’s childhood experiences weaving with her loving, nurturing mother provided the inspiration for her most famous works.

With a beautifully nuanced and poetic story, this book stunningly captures the relationship between mother and daughter and illuminates how memories are woven into us all.

Swan

“The underlying message of undying perseverance is all too abundant and one that will resonate with readers everywhere.” Picture Books Blogger

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“The perfect book to inspire budding ballerinas and guaranteed to have you twirling and pirouetting around the house.”My Little Style File

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Swan: The Life and Dance of Anna Pavlova by Laurel Snyder and Julie Morstad | Chronicle Books

The world is big. Anna is small.
The snow is
everywhere
and all around.

But one night . . .One night, her mother takes her to the ballet, and everything is changed. Anna finds a beauty inside herself that she cannot contain.

So begins the journey of a girl who will one day grow up to be the most famous prima ballerina of all time, inspiring legions of dancers after her: the brave, the generous, the transcendently gifted Anna Pavlova. Beautiful, inspirational, and triumphant, Anna Pavlova’s life is masterfully captured in this exquisite picture book.

Have you got a favourite? Let us know @AbramsChronicle #ACBLittleLibrary

Pablo and His Chair.

For his birthday, Pablo receives a chair.

What can he possibly do with a chair?

Pablo and His Chair

For his birthday, Pablo receives exactly what he doesn’t want: a chair. Disappointed and angry, he locks himself in his room, determined not to sit on his new chair. But he starts to play around with it and, by the end of the day, becomes a chair acrobat. Pablo sets out into the world, performing in amazing places and drawing great crowds. Eventually, he returns, chair in hand, having learned that the greatest gifts aren’t always the most obvious and often lie in our imagination.

The simple, hand-drawn images; coloured with a brush and ink, give the story a vivid, graphic look and perfectly compliment the story. Take a peek:

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Pablo and His Chair is a vibrant, high-design picture book with a gentle message of self-discovery and the power of imagination: a must have for your little one’s library.

Pablo and His Chair by Delphine Perre is out tomorrow. Available from all good bookstores.

Flora has some new friends!

Flora is back with two new feathered friends.Flora and the Peacocks

This time Flora has two dance companions. As the two elegant peacocks vie for Flora’s attention, she realises that the push-and-pull between three friends can be a delicate dance.

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© 2016 by Molly Idle.
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© 2016 by Molly Idle.
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Molly Idle’s gorgeous art combines with clever flaps to reveal that no matter the challenges, true friends will always find a way to dance, leap, and soar—together.

Flora and the Peacocks will be dancing their way onto bookshelves this May. 

Summer Reads – Picture Books for 4-6 Year Olds

Despite the weather, the summer is upon us and it is time to find your #‎SummerReads‬!

We are all about getting kids reading here at A&CB, so we would like to introduce you to the BEST of our PICTURE BOOKS to get your little ones reading this summer. First up, an office favourite, Happy Birthday Madame Chapeau.

“A sweet reminder that however different the hats we wear may be, we are united by a common thread” Maria Popova, Brain Pickings

Happy Birthday Madame Chapeau

In a three-story house with a shop down below,

lived the worlds finest hat maker, Madame Chapeau.

Like the Lady herself, all her hats were refined.

Brilliantly singular. One of a kind.

In a three-story house with a shop down below,  lived the worlds finest hat maker, Madame Chapeau.

So begins the tale of a lonely hat maker who matches customers to the perfect hat but lacks her own perfect match in life. Once a year, on her birthday, Madame Chapeau ventures out in her favourite bonnet to dinner. This time, a crow snatches her hat and flies away. Mon dieu! As she chases the crow through the streets of Paris, a baker, a policeman, a cowboy, and others offer her their own hats to wear. None of them are quite right, though, until one special little girl offers her a hat “knitted with love and [her] best birthday wish.”

From promptly at eight till exactly at four, the hatless but hopeful arrived at her door. Each person was special. Each one of a kind, and perfectly matched to the hat she designed. She made hats for all, from the young to the old, and each left her boutique a sight to behold.

“This is a whimsical and charming book which celebrates creativity, generosity and thoughtfulness from start to finish.” Playing By The Book Blog

Text copyright © 2014 Andrea Beaty
Illustrations copyright © 2014 David Roberts

Our second picture book recommendation is the beautiful Bear’s Song by Benjamin Chaud.

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Get your kids reading this summer with this over-sized, hide-and-seek gem of a picture book. The Bear’s Song is a richly illustrated, immersive picture book about two bears on a big-city adventure.

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Papa Bear is searching for Little Bear, who has escaped the den. Little Bear is following a bee, because where there are bees, there is honey! When the quest leads both bears into the bustling city and a humming opera house, theatrical hijinks ensue, culminating in a deliciously harmonious reunion.

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Copyright © 2011 by Benjamin Chaud.

Book Three of our #PictureBook #SummerReads list is the unique, beautiful and informative Manfish.

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Once upon a time in France, a baby was born under the summer sun. His parents named him Jacques. As he grew, Jacques fell in love with the sea. He dreamed of breathing beneath the waves and swimming as gracefully as a fish. In fact, he longed to become a manfish.

Text © 2008 by Jennifer Berne. Illustrations © 2008 by Éric Puybaret
Text © 2008 by Jennifer Berne.
Illustrations © 2008 by Éric Puybaret

 

Jacques Cousteau grew up to become a champion of the seas and one of the best-known oceanographers in the world. In this lovely biography, now in paperback, poetic text and gorgeous paintings come together to create a portrait of Cousteau that is as magical as it is inspiring.

Text © 2008 by Jennifer Berne. Illustrations © 2008 by Éric Puybaret
Text © 2008 by Jennifer Berne.
Illustrations © 2008 by Éric Puybaret

Text © 2008 by Jennifer Berne.
Illustrations © 2008 by Éric Puybaret

Today we are adding Lately Lily to our #‎SummreReads‬ ‪#‎PictureBook‬ wishlist!

Lily is the perfect companion for your summer holiday.

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Where has Lily been lately? Everywhere! In this heartfelt picture book from illustrator Micah Player, Lily—a world-travelling girl with boundless curiosity—goes on enviable adventures with her best friend Zeborah, travelling by plane, train, boat and even by camel. Whether venturing far away or staying close to home, Lily knows that the joy of discovery is the best way to travel each and every day.

Copyright © 2014 by Micah Player.

Copyright © 2014 by Micah Player.
Copyright © 2014 by Micah Player.

Copyright © 2014 by Micah Player.

Today we are adding The Museum by Susan Verde, illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds to our #SummerReads wishlist.

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A glorious celebration of the joy and inspiration (as well as exhaustion) that a trip to the museum can evoke.

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As a little girl tours and twirls through the halls of the art museum, she experiences different emotions motivated by the different styles of art, and when confronted with an empty canvas, she, too, is energized to create and express herself. As Peter Reynolds writes, “This book reminds us that art is meant to cause the audience to feel, and even be challenged and mystified. It is with deep thinking and feeling that we truly experience art.”

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Text copyright © 2013 Susan Verde
Illustrations copyright © 2013 Peter H. Reynolds

Five Questions Monday

We asked the lovely Molly Idle to take our little Five Questions Monday Quiz, we laughed maybe a little too hard at the joke…

1.       How do you like your eggs in the morning?

Scrambled or sunny side up! Come to think of it, those two terms describe the two most common states of my mornings too…

2.       What’s your favorite joke?

A man walks into a bar… Ouch.

3.       What film character are you most like?

Hmm…. I’ve frequently been called Mollyanna, because I’m an eternal optimist. So, I’d say I’m most like Hailey Mills portrayal of, Pollyanna… ever playing the Glad Game.

4.       What is the first book you ever read?

All by myself? I believe it was Cinderella. My mom still tells the story of how dramatic and distressed my recitation became when the stepsisters shredded the dress the mice made for Cinderella.  “They tore off the trimmings and ripped off the sash and her dress was RUINED!”

5.       Would you rather dance with a Penguin or a Flamingo?

I would rather see a Penguin dance with a Flamingo!

Thank you Molly! We would also like to see a Penguin dance with a Flamingo, we reckon it would look akin to a ballroom dance competition.*

*Penguins look like they wear tuxedos & flamingo pink is a great colour for a ballgown….