March 10, 2019

#kidlitpicks February Round-Up: 12 Books about Trailblazers

Where would we be as a society without trailblazers? They are often the first people to do something or go somewhere and they show us that it is also possible for other people to do the same. Whether they are the explorers from days before, inventors that chose to make something that everyone said was impossible to current trailblazers that are defying people's expectations of them, these humble heroes inspire both adults and children alike.

During February the @kidlitpicks book club found and shared books that pay tribute to these amazing people. Thanks to Natalie from Living by the Page for the empowering theme!



Planting Stories: The Life of Librarian and Storyteller Pura Belpré, by Anika Aldamuy Denise and Paola Escobar
This stunningly beautiful picture book biography of the influential librarian, storyteller, advocate and trailblazer Pura Belpré warms the heart and soul” — Summer from @readingisourthing


When an Elephant Falls in Love, by ​​Davide Cali and Alice Lotti
There's a lot of of it going on this month in terms of holidays, but I want to discuss something else worth celebrating: love." — Mel from @spiky_penelope


Laika the Astronaut by Owen Davey
It’s a great way to open up debates about the ethics of animals in space and to appreciate what they did for space exploration.” — Claire from @alittlebookhabit


Malala's Magic Pencil, by Malala Yousafzai and Kerascoët
Her story is brought to life in these pages in a way that young readers can really be inspired by.” —  Kim from 
@bookbairn


J.K. Rowling: Boss the Bestseller List (Work It, Girl), by Caroline Moss and Sinem Erkas
J.K. Rowling continues to inspire people the world over and this inside look at her life, replete with quotes and collage-style art, also provides 10 tips for young readers to implement in their own lives.” — Miranda from @bookbloom


Black Music Greats: 40 Inspiring Icons, by Olivier Cachin and Jerome Masi"From blues to rap, spanning 80+ years of black music history, each double spread features a brief biography and many include a suggested discography to build the ultimate playlist” — Miranda from @bookbloom


The Polar Bear Explorer's Club, by Alex Bell and Tomislav Tomic
Reading it together piqued their interest and they couldn't wait to finish it and now they're looking forward to the sequel.” — Carissa from @bookskidslove_


Stephen Hawking (Little People Big Dreams), by Isabel Sanchez Vegara and Matt Hunt
J.K. Rowling continues to inspire people the world over and this inside look at her life, replete with quotes and collage-style art, also provides 10 tips for young readers to implement in their own lives Carissa from @bookskidslove_


Waiting for Pumpsie, by Barry Wittenstein and London Ladd
This is an inspiring and feel good story about equality and change.” — Charnaie from @hereweeread


Mae Among the Stars, by Roda Ahmed and Stasia Burrington
I just had the best time sharing this beautiful book and project with my son’s first grade class!” — Anna from @kidlitcrafts


Mother Teresa (Little People Big Dreams), by Isabel Sanchez Vegara and Natascha Rosenberg
"Do small things with great love. If that isn't blazing a trail, I don't know what is." –– Natalie from @livingbythepagewithnatalie


Super Scientists: 40 Inspiring Icons,  by Anna Blanchard and Tino
These trailblazers led the way to thinking outside the box and learning how the world around us works.” — Michelle from @the.book.report


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