Local author, illustrator on the 100 best children’s books list


After recently delving into outstanding young adult books, I began to wonder about the best children’s books – and I admit, looking for awesome birthday gifts for the kids in my life. . (Reminder: Donate books.)

I was delighted to find the 100 Best Children’s Books of All Time from Time Magazine, a YA List Companion I spoke about here. This kids list is simply delicious, filled with lots of reading memories and great ideas to share with your kids and grandchildren, neighbors and students.

What a pleasure to see two Louisiana designers on the Time list: Bill Joyce and Joe Bluhm for their whimsical “The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore”.

Written by Joyce and illustrated by Joyce and Bluhm, the book is a loving take on the joy of stories, and it also inspired the Oscar-winning short of the same name.

A sample of other books from the Time list

“Goodnight Moon” by Margaret Wise Brown, illustrations by Clement Hurd.

“The Snowy Day” and “Whistle for Willie” by Ezra Jack Keats.

“Owl Moon” by Jane Yolen, illustrations by John Schoenherr. I didn’t know this book but I love bird watching, and it’s officially on my granddaughter’s birthday gift list.

“Harold and the Purple Pencil” by Crockett Johnson.

“We Are The Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball”, lyrics and images by Kadir Nelson. We’re huge baseball fans in our household, and this one is on my wishlist as well. Before COVID-19 changed our plans, we were heading to the historic Negro League Baseball Museum in Kansas City, Mo. It attracts rave reviews from visitors, and we can’t wait to visit. Have any of you been book lovers? For more information, see: https://nlbm.com.

“Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good Very Bad Day” by Judith Viorst, illustrations by Ray Cruz. This book is a joke to read aloud.

“Chicka Chicka Boom Boom” by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault, illustrations by Lois Ehlert. It’s a baby shower gift from me and it’s yet another fun to read to children.

“Jazz” by Walter Dean Myers, illustrations by Christopher Myers.

“Pippi Longstocking” by Astrid Lindgren. I was especially happy to see this title on the list; I “adapted” Pippi’s tales for a play and performed in the one-woman show at Barret Elementary School in the 1960s. I smile as I think back to that experience.

“Ferdinand” by Munro Leaf, drawings by Robert Lawson. I bought a copy at the book fair, also at Barret Elementary, when I was a kid with very little money to spend on books. I still remember the pleasure I had reading about the bull that didn’t want to fight but loved flowers.

For the full list of time and enough love to warm your heart: https://time.com/100-best-childrens-books/

British list also full of suggestions

While researching children’s books I found a wonderful listing from UK and was fascinated by the similarities and differences to the Time List. If you want more reading ideas for kids, see: www.penguin.co.uk/articles/2019/best-childrens-books-stories.html.

Former Caddo professor publishes scientific history book

As a child, Isabelle Van Nieuwenhuysen-Méléder Pace was driven out of the country then known as the Belgian Congo with an ongoing coup.

The gaze of the white man

A former Caddo Parish French teacher, Pace this month published a non-fiction book about the disturbing history of the area where she was born, a disturbing piece of history she spent years studying. to study. “The Gaze of the White Man: Colonialism in the Congo” explores an important period in African history from new interviews and other research, through the eyes of Pace.

The story highlights the tragic history of the former Belgian Congo and its emergence as an independent country. The title of the book comes from the tainted times when the King of Belgium, Leopold II, decided to make the Congo Basin his personal property, Pace said.

Produced as part of a master’s thesis at LSUS in 2014, the book, updated for publication, analyzes political events in the region now known as the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

After leaving her homeland as a child, Pace grew up in Brussels, Belgium, and returned to Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of the Congo) as a young adult on a quest to understand her heritage. Pace, who is my sister-in-law, has lived in Shreveport for over three decades.

“The White Man’s Gaze” is available as a paperback on Amazon for $ 15.99 and as a Kindle e-book for $ 9.99.

Columnist Judy Christie is the author of 18 books, including the non-fiction “Before and After: The Incredible Real-Life Stories of Orphans Who Lived in the Tennessee Children’s Home Society,” co-authored with the author NYT bestselling Lisa Wingate. To subscribe to Christie’s electronic newsletter: www.judychristie.com.


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