Saturday, June 1, 2013

Five More Picture Books That Celebrate Creativity in Girls

Our previous post about books that celebrate creative girls has been so popular that we wanted to offer you more five more titles in the same vein:

Marisol McDonald Doesn't Match/Marisol McDonald No Combina
written by Monica Brown, illustrated by Sara Palacios

From her brown skin and red hair, to her penchant for wearing polka dots with stripes, people tell Marisol McDonald that she doesn't match. Marisol doesn't mind though: she likes herself the way she is, but when a friend tells her she couldn't match if she tried, Marisol decides to take up the challenge. But matching is no fun for Marisol who learns that her uniqueness is something to celebrate. Palacios's illustrations are vibrant, colorful, and fun. Includes a note on why the author created a multiracial protagonist, as well as a note on the translation. Bilingual: English/Spanish

Jingle Dancer
written by Cynthia Leitich Smith, illustrated by Cornelius Van Wright & Ying Hwa-Hu

Jenna wants to dance at the upcoming powwow, but there isn't enough time to order the tins to make her dress jingle. Undeterred, Jenna visits family members and friends considerately asking each for only enough jingles to make a row, ensuring no one dress will be silent. Each person who lends Jenna jingles can't attend the powwow and asks her to dance for them. When the day of the powwow arrives, Jenna dances beautifully to the brum, brum, brum, brum beat of the drum, for herself and for everyone that helped her, jingling all the while. Beautifully illustrated by Van Wright and Hu who showcase the diversity of skin tones found among Native American people. Includes an author's note and glossary.

Sky Color
written and illustrated by Peter Reynolds

Marisol is an artist who loves to paint and share art. So, she is very excited when she learns her class is going to paint a mural for the library. Marisol claims the sky but finds there is no blue paint. Like a good artist she doesn't give up but instead observes the sky on her way home and later that evening. The next day she's ready to make her very own sky color. Short and sweet, this story follows in the tradition of Reynolds most famous book, The Dot (also highly recommended), encouraging readers to be creative and see the world in a unique way.

Lily Brown's Paintings
written by Angela Johnson, illustrated by E.B. Lewis

Lily Brown loves letting her imagination take flight through the paintings she creates just as much as she loves living in the real world with her family. All kinds of fun, creative, and fantastical things happen in the worlds of Lily Brown's paintings. Lewis's illustrations pay homage to the artists that inspired him when he was a boy visiting the Philadelphia Museum of Art with his father. Includes an illustrator's note.

Dragon Dancing
 written by Carole Lexa Schaefer, illustrated by Pierr Morgan

It's Mei Lin's birthday and after hearing a story about dragons, her whole class helps her make a colorful birthday dragon. Once the dragon is complete, the students--acting as one to become the Birthday Dragon--go Dragon Dancing over snowy mountains, across seas, in forests, and through other exciting landscapes until it's time to return to class. Morgan portrays a diverse class of students who have a great time working together and using their imaginations to have fun.


  1. Fantastic! I'm so glad you did decide to include some more. Sky Color in particular looks interesting to me. Thanks for sharing in the Kid Lit Blog Hop. :)

    1. Sky Color is great and I hope you enjoy it, Renee!