Amadi's Snowman, by Katia Novet Saint-Lot, illustrated by Dimitrea Tokunbo, has just been released by Tilbury House. What a delight to see this book, that I first encountered in draft form, cut and pasted into e-mails. What a delight to see it grow in successive revisions and to hold it now in my hands. A gift indeed.
If you haven't read Kathi Appelt's The Underneath drop whatever else you're doing, and go read it now. Well, okay, take a minute first to watch the book trailer but don't stop there.
This is a book that is its own universe and it drew me in completely. I was utterly captivated. It's not an easy read, but it touches the soul in ways that few books do. I was head over heels in love with some of the characters, and truly terrified of others. I was in mourning, and then I found myself forgetting to breathe. Illustrated by David Small who can render a small kitten and an old hound better than just about any artist I can think of.
Finally, Many Windows, by Rukhsana Khan, Elisa Carbone and me, illustrated by Patty Gallinger, will be out later this summer. It was a collaborative exercise that we worked on one winter, sending stories back and forth. As it grew it became more than we'd envisioned at first. Interrelated stories about six kids, five faiths, and the building of community.