Barefoot Librarian Newsletter January 2021
Quigley the Quiet Hedgehog
Author: Claudine Norden
Illustrator: Bonnie Wiegand
Publisher: Hoberman, 2018
I was generously gifted the book Quigley the Quiet Hedgehog by the author Claudine Norden. This review expresses my thoughts on her book. This review is part of Multicultural Children’s Book Day, occurring on January 29, 2021.
Quigley is a tiny, quiet hedgehog, but this does not prevent her from having a healthy dose of self-confidence. She* understands that it is her nature to stand back and watch things unfold, processing them at a pace comfortable for her. Quigley knows this may be different from others, but she also has a place in the world. She does not need to shout, as she knows, “I am seen. I have clout.” And she confidently states, “Shy is cautious, I don’t have shame.”
Diversity comes in all forms, but this is the first book I have read about introverts. I am happy to see this as I was timid as a child and young adult. Outgoing people find it hard to understand introverts, which often leads to marginalization. This book explains why a person is introverted and that, despite this trait, still has a lot to offer the world. Written by an author who is an extrovert mother to an introverted child, this book helps the reader see into and make sense of the world of introverts. With understanding comes caring, respect, empathy, and inclusion.
Thoughtful illustrations by Bonnie Wiegard play an important role in communicating Quigley’s messages since the book contains sparse, selective text. Pictures provide information and context that bring the story to life.
*Note, I believe the author purposely left the gender of the main character ambiguous so that all children could identify with Quigley. However, since the author dedicated the book to her daughter, and for simplicity, I have used female pronouns to refer to Quigley.
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From My Window
Author: Otavio Junior
Illustrator: Vanina Starkoff
Publisher: Barefoot Books, 2018
From My Window by Otavio Junior as gifted to me by Barefoot Books. This review expresses my thoughts on this book. This review is part of Multicultural Children’s Book Day, occurring on January 29, 2021.
From My Window is a timely title from Barefoot Books, an independent children’s publisher that produces “…beautiful books that celebrate diversity, spark curiosity and capture children’s imaginations.” The book is based on the author’s childhood growing up in a favela in Rio de Janeiro. “A favela is a special kind of district in Brazil.” Instead of the government, “…the people who live in the favelas are in charge of them.”
The boy is confined to his apartment, much like many children have been during the pandemic. The favela is well populated as the boy exclaims, “I see people everywhere!” He describes the day-to-day life that he sees out of his window. The art and text weave together to create a vivid tapestry of life in the neighborhood.
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Multicultural Children’s Book Day
January 29, 2021
Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2021 (1/29/21) is in its 8th year! This non-profit children’s literacy initiative was founded by Valarie Budayr and Mia Wenjen; two diverse book-loving moms who saw a need to shine the spotlight on all of the multicultural books and authors on the market while also working to get those book into the hands of young readers and educators.
Eight years in, MCBD’s mission is to raise awareness of the ongoing need to include kids’ books that celebrate diversity in homes and school bookshelves continues. Read about our Mission & History HERE.
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