One of my Reading Challenges this year is to read Jeanette Winter’s nonfiction picture books.
I chose her because she seemed to pick subjects that were fascinating. She also has a very distinctive illustrative style.
A simple but true story of how a baby hippo got separated from his mother during the 2004 tsunami in Asia and wound up befriending a turtle.
A beautiful retelling of Georgia O’Keeffe’s life, whose paintings I’m sure everyone is familiar with even if they don’t know the artist behind the images.
Focusing on a male bird who had built a nest atop an apartment building across Central Park in New York City, this is how he and his mates (over the years) and their chicks have managed to make lives for themselves. When their nest was threatened- and removed- protesters rallied to have it be reinstalled.
Jane Goodall’s life in Africa living with and observing chimps is told here. While simplified, it provides enough information of what she did there and the significance of her work. I know I want to read more about her. Pair this with Me… Jane by Patrick McDonnell.
Reading a picture book bio of someone you’ve already read another one about is always fascinating in terms of what things are covered and what what aren’t. While not as comprehensive as Wangari Maathai: The Woman Who Planted Millions of Trees by Franck Prévot- and the illustrations not as lavish- this is a good introduction to a woman whose passion and determination to save her country from becoming a tree-less place can inspire anyone in the world.
You can read the other Jeanette Winter books I’ve reviewed on my Goodreads account.