Sharing with Alyson Beecher's Non-Fiction Picture Book Wednesday here! Tweet at #NFPB2014
I don't have many non-fiction books to share, but found two more biographies to celebrate. Both are interesting people who show such passion in their chosen work. Read on...
When The Beat Was Born, DJ Kool Herc and the Creation of Hip Hop – written by Laban Carrick Hill and illustrated by Theodore Taylor III
I’ve never heard of Kool Herc, and this story of how he became the DJ who started the dance parties in the Bronx, created the “break” between records by using two turntables, which became “break dancing” and hip-hop. You never know when something you love so much becomes what many others love, too. The illustrations are graphic and vibrant, like hip-hop! It’s a “Kool” biography!
Klimt and His Cat - written by Berenice Capatti and illustrated by Octavia Monaco
This story and introduction to the secessionist artist, Klimt, is told by his cat, who takes us on a journey with the artist, both in his studio and on his travels. Klimt was not popular, but created some unusual works of art, now thought of as art to be admired. The story shows some of how he created, and where he found his ideas, emphasizing his persistence in his work. The illustrations are amazing, filling every page with vibrant color.
What's next-I keep seeing more books about spring, gardening, animal behavior in spring, etc. Maybe that's one way to discover what's available.