It's Day 2 of 30 Days of Diverse Picture Books. Today's choice is an older title that for some reason hasn't made the blog until today. Not sure just why, because it's one we read and enjoyed when Sprout was quite a bit younger - but I'm making up for that now!
We really love One is a Drummer: A Book of Numbers by Roseanne Thong. The winsome illustrations by Grace Lin accompany Thong's text about activities like playing mahjong and racing dragon boats, as well as counting the days of the week and dancing in the sprinkler. I love the blending of pastimes that most kids will find familiar alongside some that may be new to them. Thong includes a glossary for further discussion points, which you'll find especially helpful for any questions that arise.
One is a Drummer works on multiple levels, making it a nice well-rounded addition to any collection since it serves several purposes. Concept book, check. Cultural introduction, check. Artistic inspiration, check. All this with rhymes that flow perfectly and a light, upbeat tone make One is a Drummer a winner!
One is a Drummer by Roseanne Thong, published by Chronicle Books