The Girl Who Said Sorry by Hayoung Yim is a testament to the contradicting double standards that young girls and women face on a daily basis. As an amazing bonus, 50% proceeds from this book goes to serve Girl Up, a United Nations Foundation adolescent girl campaign.
Wanda Steward’s story is a humble one; she is a mother and grew up not knowing how to read or write. When her children asked her to read a story, she would instead use the pictures and her imagination to craft her own version. This led to her eventually wanting to learn how to read — and to the creation of The Little Chicken Named Pong-Pong.
Immediately I plopped myself down with my daughter to get a sense of how it would go over with a toddler.
The Conductor by Laetitia Devernay is a wordless picture book which tells the tale of a conductor orchestrating the leaves off the tree’s.
Nest by Esther Ehrlich is surprisingly as adult-like of a book just as it is one aimed for young readers.
Sameness in literature should not be limited to The Giver or to children’s literature, especially when there is a larger literary conversation that calls for the inclusion of stronger, more diverse words about what is deemed the same and what is viewed as different.