The Katha Chest, Courageous Lucy, The Couch Potato, and Florence and Fox
Title: The Katha Chest Author: Radhiah Chowdhury Illustrator: Lavanya Naidu Genre/ issues: Picture book. Family stories.
Title: Courageous Lucy Author: Paul Russell Illustrator: Cara King Genre/ issues: Picture book. School stories. Finding Courage.
Title: The Couch Potato Author: Jory John Illustrator: Pete Oswald Genre/ issues: Picture book. How to spend your free time.
Title: Florence and Fox Author: Zanni Louise Illustrator: Anna Pignataro Genre/ issues: Picture book. Friendship. Sharing.
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Another picture book post.
The Katha Chest is a beautiful story about the stories that are woven into the kathas – Bangladeshi quilts made out of cotton saris that have stopped being useful as clothing. I love the intricacies of the illustrations, drawing on both the author and illustrator’s family saris and kathas. Stories passed down through families – this is my kind of picture book!
Courageous Lucy is about a little girl who likes to worry, but soon discovers some things are worth being brave for. Can’t relate. I mean, who would worry all the time about every possible thing? “Hi, my name’s Tamara ….” A super cute book for your little (and big) worrier.
The Couch Potato feels like another “personal attack” picture book. This tech-savvy spud learns that there’s nothing wrong with finding a balance between screen time and the world outside. Apparently. Super cute!
And finally, Florence and Fox tells the story of two friends trying to figure out what the rules of Sharing Day are. Friendships can be tricky!
Picture books. They really are the best. Thought-provoking ideas, presented in super-accessible formats, able to be absorbed while you’re waiting for the kettle to boil. For kids of all ages.
NSWPRC Officer, Teacher Librarian, English teacher and social media advocate. I've been teaching in Western Sydney for my entire teaching career, and love my job more than I love Neil Gaiman. (That's a lot, in case you're wondering!) I stalk authors (but always politely), fangirl over books, and drink coffee. And one of my guilty prides about my children is that they all have favourite authors.
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