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Styling Librarian #NFPB2014 Special Nonfiction Book Families Around the World

Decided to celebrate a few non-fiction picture books that I enjoyed over the next few weeks… Fun to have time to read some!

I was very excited to reconnect recently with Margriet Ruurs when I attended a Children’s Writing Workshop that she was part of the faculty for… she was very kind when reading my manuscript and providing feedback and suggestions. I also was excited to see her new book JUST released that week! I have it on order for my library and I suggest you do the same. It is packed with beautiful language, diversity, both culturally and in relation to families, it is packed with special family facts, and each child featured is an actual child that Margriet was able to interview either in person or through her worldwide contacts. So excited about this new book!

Families Around the World by Margriet Ruurs – this book is a beautiful treasure packed with secrets and information. Margriet introduces you to real children and their families around the world. You can read through the book and enjoy the lyrical voice, you can study one culture after another, or you could pour through the book looking at the different illustrations. There are multiple family styles, cultures, languages, food, traditions and more. *Plus the collage art illustrations are gorgeous! *And there is an incredible glossary for pronouncing words too!

Goodreads Summary: “A successor to the popular Children Around the World written and illustrated by Donata Montanari, this book allows young readers to visit with fourteen children, each from a different country, to learn about their families. Based on real children, each one’s story fills a two-page spread and is told in the first person, beginning with a greeting in the child’s native language. From Ryan, who lives on a Texas cattle farm, to Nkoitoi, who tends the family goat in Kenya, to Baatar, who moves regularly with his nomadic family in Mongolia, there is a vast range of homes, locations, customs and activities presented here, all of it enthusiastically illustrated with bright colors and vivid detail by illustrator Jessica Rae Gordon. There is variety in the heads of the families as well: a single parent, multiracial parents and same-sex parents are all represented. For all the children’s different experiences, however, it is clear how much their lives have in common with one another, and likely with the book’s readers. The love they have for their family members, the joy they find in play and the beauty they see around them wherever they live are experiences that cross borders. This is a wonderful, uplifting global studies title perfect for exploring cultures and geography. It would also be useful for a social studies unit on families and family relationships. Adding to its value as a teaching tool are suggestions for lesson plans built around the book, as well as a glossary and pronunciation guide for foreign words.”

Special Thank You to Kid Lit Frenzy for hosting the Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge!

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4 comments on “Styling Librarian #NFPB2014 Special Nonfiction Book Families Around the World

  1. thelogonauts
    August 18, 2014

    Just joined Net Galley and this book will be one of my first reviews – coming out at the end of this week. I had a few criticisms about the book, so I’m curious what you think. Will let you know when my link posts!

    • The Styling Librarian
      August 18, 2014

      Netgalley is pretty fantastic. I love being able to review books. Will be interested to hear your opinion. Margriet is a friend and I got to initially look at the book through her eyes and hear how she interviewed the children that are in the book in addition to how challenging making the glossary was… and how carefully she worked with the illustrator to make sure the illustrations were actually realistic, etc. 🙂

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