Children’s picture books
The Stone Thrower
Jael Ealey Richardson Matt James, illustrator Groundwood Books Hardcover $18.95 (32pp), 978-1-55498-752-8
The Stone Thrower, by Jael Ealey Richardson, is the true story of Chuck Ealey, an African American boy born in 1950. He played quarterback in football throughout high school and college and never lost a game. Intended for children ages five to nine, the story is inspiring because Chuck Ealey did not let discrimination stop him from fulfilling his dreams. The book is also an effective tool for starting a conversation with young children about racial prejudice. Vibrant illustrations accompany the text, depicting the injustices of young Chuck Ealey’s young life and the determination he used to overcome them.
The Boy with the Big Hair
Khoa Le, Insight Kids Hardcover $14.99 (24pp) 978-1-60887-733-1
The Boy with the Big Hair is a wonderfully silly story about Harry, who refuses to comb his hair. His hair is so messy that a pair of birds decide to nest in it. A seed in the bird nest takes root, and a tree begins to grow on top of Harry’s head. As the tree grows, so does the bird family, and soon Harry is overwhelmed by the noise from the birds and very unhappy with the tree. His mother comes to the rescue, and Harry learns the value of good grooming habits. Full color illustrations accompany the text with delightful depictions of Harry and his outrageous hair, offering an important lesson and a lot of fun to children ages four and up.
Artwork from Phil Pickle, by Kenny Herzog, Illustrated by Kelly Canby. Used with permission from Peter Pauper Press.