Top 20 Books of 2019 (#20-16)

Happy Monday! Over the next four days, Travis Jonker and I will share our top 20 books of 2019. 

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Strange Birds: A Field Guide to Ruffling Feathers by Celia C. Pérez

Travis Jonker interviewed Celia on August 12, 2019.

"I grew up with a very strict Cuban father so Ofelia’s experience as the child of Cuban immigrants who are overprotective is somewhat based on those memories of my parents being really afraid for us and being so distrusting of the world. Although, Ofelia should know that her parents are a little more flexible than my dad ever was. My dad was from the school of thought that young ladies don’t go out without a chaperone. -Celia C. Pérez

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The Roots of Rap by Carole Boston Weatherford; illustrated by Frank Morrison

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Why? by Adam Rex; illustrated by Claire Keane

"Everybody designs characters differently and each designer finds inspiration in different ways. For me, it is essential to draw the character in situations where she is interacting with her environment and the characters around her. " -Claire Keane 

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Noodlephant by Jacob Kramer; illustrated by K-Fai Steele

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Carl and the Meaning of Life by Deborah Freedman

I interviewed Deborah Freedman on March 18, 2019.

What planted the seed for Carl and the Meaning of Life?

Deborah Freedman: “What am I doing?” and “why?” were questions I was asking myself more often than usual during 2016. Was doing what I love, making picture books, too small and self-indulgent? Should I be doing something larger, more “important”? I was paralyzed for a long time, until Carl appeared one day. He arrived, a tiny character tunneling to light, and sweetly he told me, get back to work.

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