Discussion of the above book with the author, illustrator and Georgetown Law Professor Emerita, moderated by our own Deborah Taylor. Coolidge Auditorium, Thomas Jefferson Building, Mary 3, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. No RSVP needed unless you want to bring a group of children. Then please respond to: Monica Valentine, email@example.com, 202-707-1950.
The authors, a husband and wife team, bring to this book about the "partnership" of two people whose lives and work are deeply entwined a sense of what collaboration is all about and how it impacts relationships and identities. The book looks at the influence both subjects had on the world of photography, how they attempted to sway the public about international events and the risks they took to tell the events that took place before their eyes. The Spanish Civil War is an important subject in this book as is the impact of photojournalism. It is also a strong depiction of a woman who would not be deterred and while a companion of a talented man, developed her own talent and insisted on her own work and recognition. A book with broad appeal and lots to excite further exploration. (Ten to Fourteen)
Gordon Parks is a biography about his early life and how he came across the field of photography. The pictures are excellent and are paired with simple sentences great for early grade nonfiction. The pictures are very realistic, and in my opinion the pictures could stand alone. Ages 7-10 Nominated by Stephanie Jarvais
Peter Friedman keeps secrets from his friends and families. He will never pitch again, his grandfather’s Alzheimer’s is quickly worsening, and he has a crush on a girl. Fluctuating between accentuated, funny dialogue and straightforward narration, Luke Daniels adeptly expresses the personalities and passions of characters experiencing both life’s losses and gains. (12 up)
Born in a girl's body, J knows he’s a guy, but even his parents and best friend can't see him for who he really is. In this nuanced portrait, J's search for self includes attending an LGBT-oriented school and investigating gender-reassignment. LGBT resources list appended.