Tuesday, November 4, 2014

30 Days of Diverse Picture Books - Good Morning World by Paul Windsor

It's Day 4 of our 30 Days of Diverse Picture Books. It's been quite blustery here in Northwest Washington, and a lot darker thanks to the time change this past weekend. Which means we are all quite content to settle in with a good book in the evenings -- the best part of late fall!

Tonight's pick is Paul Windsor's Good Morning World, a knockout title that celebrates the Native cultures of the Pacific Northwest, specifically Native Canadians. And it's a board book, so perfect for sharing with the littles!

Windsor writes that his book was created to share good energy and help kids (and adults) with a positive attitude, connected to the world around them. The artwork is stunning, really breathtaking. Windsor is tribally enrolled in the Haisla and Heiltsuk tribes, and his illustrations honor his ancestors with images that are vibrant and alive.

There's a playful spirit to Good Morning World that young readers will pick up right away. From the beaver building his dam to the frogs leaping in the pond, all creatures have a smiling sun looking down on them. This is a terrific pick to emphasize our relationship to the earth and to one another. Good Morning World is a small-press title, so may be a little tougher to find - but definitely worth looking for to bring diversity to even the youngest readers.

Good Morning World by Paul Windsor, published by Native Northwest

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