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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

A Recommended Picture Book for Black History Month: The 1619 Project Born on the Water

23 Feb

The book The 1619 Project Born on the Water is now available as a picture book for children. The book highlights the struggles of oppression and the slavery of  Black African Americans. The authors, Nikole Hannah-Jones and Renée Watson takes the reader through the Kingdom of Ndongo to the 200 mile march along the Kwanza River that bridges the gap between Africa and the United States. This book gives young readers an insight of the lives of African Americans before they were enslaved. I am most captivated that Nikole Hannah-Jones chose to turn her book into a lyrical chronological format that consists of 36 poems. Nikkolas Smith’s illustrations in the book are very detailed and the colors chosen are earth tones which correlate with the story. The 1619 Project Born on the Water is now available to patrons at both our Main Branch and Grand Street Branch as well as from eLibraryNJ and eBCCLS.

By :
Vanetta River
Library Assistant 
Grand Street Branch 

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