Whenever I am looking for new books to add to my children’s collection, I usually start with the illustrations and follow with the story. These books are great with both. In particular, I love that these books highlight people of color and promote positive narratives for young girls.
Green on Green
Written by Dianne White and illustrated by Felicita Sala, this recently released book has short poetic stanzas with beautiful (medium type) illustrations. I love following the small family through the seasons as the Earth changes from green to other colors. The story and illustrations celebrate the little moments throughout the year that (we cherish).
Snow & Rose
My daughter came across this gem by Emily Winfield Martin while looking for Kindle books. We bought the hardcover instead because of the magical color illustrations. It is a great read-aloud for younger kids and well-suited for middle-schoolers interested in magical fiction. It is a modern retelling of the lesser-known fairy tale “Snow White and Rose Red.” I knew the original story from my childhood (with its predictable ending) but this had a great modern approach appropriate for young girls today. I love the author’s writing style and how connected you feel to the two sisters.
Little Red and the Very Hungry Lion
This book is one of our family’s favorites! Written and illustrated by Alex T. Smith, it is a funny re-imagining of Little Red Riding Hood, with Little Red cleverly outsmarting the Lion. Aside from the bright and friendly illustrations, it portrays a smart, self-aware and resourceful non-white girl which creates a great message for young kids.