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A Rare Life Well Done: Picture Books and Juvenile Biographies about Julia Child

20 Apr

Last month I had fun helping my son research Julia Child for a Women’s History Month Project (he came up with the title for this post).  He picked her due to his interest in baking and his love of online cooking competition shows.  Julia Child continues her popularity as reflected in the new cooking competition, The Julia Child Challenge, and the dramedy, Julia, which just began airing.  I wanted to share a few of the books we checked out from BCCLS libraries for you to enjoy with your own novice chefs.

Born Hungry: Julia Child becomes “The French Chef”
by Alex Prud’homme

Born Hungry follows Julia on her journey in Paris from a curious foodie to a chef who shared her love of French Cooking with the world.  It is written by Alex Prud’homme, Julia Child’s great-nephew and the coauthor of her autobiography, My Life in France, a great choice for adult fans.

Bon Appetit!: The Delicious Life of Julia Child
by Jessie Hartland

Children can learn about how Julia Child went from being a girl in Pasadena, California, to becoming a spy in WWII, to writing the classic Mastering the Art of French Cooking and becoming a beloved TV icon.  This was my son’s, who loves graphic novels and mangas, favorite with the panel style formatting.          

Julia Child: An Extraordinary Life in Words and Pictures
by Erin Hagar

Another charming illustrated biography, this one features more realistic and less stylized illustrations of Julia’s life. 

Minette’s Feast: The Delicious Story of Julia Child and Her Cat
by Susanna Reich

Although this sweet picture book includes biographical information about Child, the true charm comes from the sweet story of Julia’s Parisian kitty companion, Minette. 

Julia, Child
by Kyo Maclear

This fun picture book features a fictional story about Julia Child during her girlhood having culinary escapades with her best friend Simca (based on Child’s friend, French Cookbook author Simone Beck).

Written by:
Aimee Harris
Information and Digital Services Manager

Celebrate Poetry Month with Amanda Gorman’s Change Sings: A Children’s Anthem

6 Apr

Amanda Gorman, the youngest inaugural poet in U.S. history, released a children’s book titled Change Sings: A Children’s Anthem. The book was illustrated by Loren Long who is a New York Times #1 bestselling illustrator. The poems in the book along with the illustrations are magical. The illustrations in the book depict colorful and vibrant wall murals in New York City. “I wrote Change Sings as a children’s anthem to remind young readers that they have the power to shape the world, “said Gorman on her Facebook page and Instagram.

This lyrical picture book takes the reader through a musical journey of poems that empower positive change:

“I can hear change humming
In its loudest, proudest song.
I don’t fear change coming,
And so I sing along.”

Readers can find Amanda Gorman’s books: Change Sings: A Children’s Anthem, Call Us What We Carry and The Hill We Climb at the Main Branch and Grand Street Branch. These books are also available from eLibraryNJ and eBCCLS.

Written By:
Vanetta Rivera
Library Assistant-Grand Street Branch

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