I noticed last weekend, while at my local bookstore, a handful of recent picture books have predominantly white jackets.
|EXTRA YARN by Mac Barnett + Jon Klassen|
They look crisp, clean, and sharp.
|DRAGONS LOVE TACOS by Adam Rubin + Daniel Salmieri|
I’ll admit, I sort of chuckled because it transported me to ninth grade cheerleading when my sponsor/coach announced our cheer uniforms had been changed from the traditional red to white.
|ANOTHER BROTHER by Matthew Cordell|
We were mortified. They’d show dirt. Make us look ill in the middle of winter when we’d be far from suntanned. Oh, were we vain.
|A HOME FOR BIRD by Philip C. Stead|
But, you know what? Our coach was right. We looked sharp and put together… as well as a group of junior varsity cheerleaders could in side ponytails and bangs sprayed to the stratosphere. (As a side note, that was my last year to cheer. I had much more fun gabbing in the stands.)
|BOY + BOT by Ame Dyckman + Dan Yaccarino|
So these bright white jackets got my attention. They stood out on the crowded picture book shelf. I’d even wondered if it was a new trend. Then I remembered Olivia, which I believe debuted in 2000.
She’s still going strong. No matter the hue.
|OLIVIA and the FAIRY PRINCESSES by Ian Falconer|
So you know, I highly recommend every one of these books. They are fantastic and fresh, with incredible, whimsical art. Each deserves to be read and re-read and read again. Who said the picture book market is dead?
Now you tell me, are there any coincidences you’ve noticed in picture books?