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THIS BEAUTIFUL DAY

Cover: This Beautiful Day
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Jackson
Author's First Name: 
Richard
Illustrator's First Name: 
Suzy
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Lee
Publisher: 
Other
Publication Month: 
August
Publication Date: 
2017
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 
Nowhere in the book, does it say that the rain makes it “a beautiful day,” but that is what appears to be so when the oldest of three, bored siblings turns on the radio and a rain dance ensues. The black and white day, rendered in pencil and acrylics, is infused with a blue swirl of music that connects to the rain, pulling them all outside to puddle fun. Jackson’s jazzy verses scan with an occasional bump, but Lee’s scenes are ebullient. By the conclusion it is clear that there are various ways to have a "beautiful" day. Wendy Lukehart

TAP TAP BOOM BOOM

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Bluemle
Author's First Name: 
Elizabeth
Illustrator's First Name: 
G. Brian
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Karas
Publisher: 
Candlewick
Publication Date: 
2014
A thunderstorm threatens overhead and the words from the title pulse through the story, as a multi-cultural crowd takes shelter in the subway. Winsome gouache and pencil caricatures and collage elements show a cozy community forming around pizza, music, dogs, and a dazzling surprise.

LILA AND THE SECRET OF RAIN

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Conway
Author's First Name: 
David
Illustrator's First Name: 
Jude
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Daly
Publisher: 
Frances Lincoln
Publication Date: 
2008

This original folktale about a withering drought in Kenya pits a young girl against the implacable forces of nature. Stylized acrylic illustrations convey the richly colored but severe landscape Lila traverses as she attempts to save her village.

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