See KidlitWomen for daily links to posts by the children’s lit community, in celebration of Women’s History Month and focusing on improving the climate for social and gender equality. I plan to share my favorite books focused on girl characters and/or written by women through this month.
MAYBE SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL by F. Isabel Campoy and Theresa Howard with art by Rafael López is a picture book based on and inspired by a true story. Young Mira lives in a gray drab neighborhood. She tries to add splashes of color by handing out her art to neighbors. One day, she sees a man with paintbrushes studying her drawing of a sun that she had taped to a wall. He starts to paint on the wall and invites Mira and the rest of the neighborhood to join them and together they create something beautiful. Gorgeous illustrations! More about the book.
I had the pleasure of being on a panel about strong diverse girl characters in children’s lit at NCTE 17 last fall where I met the author Isabel Campoy. Isabel is brilliant and warm and a true talent. I look forward to reading more of her books!