BIG BOYS CRY by Jonty Howley
I was immediately drawn to the title and cover but the prose blew me away! This picture book captures the beauty of allowing boys and men to feel what they feel and express how they need to, dismantling traditional notions that somehow, boys and men aren't allowed to cry. As I think about how I want to raise my sons, about how I want them to feel and process and navigate this world in a way that is true to how they feel and what they believe in, I hold this book near and dear to my heart. For families and educators everywhere seeking a powerful text that teaches everyone that our emotions and the expression thereof is important and valid, this is the picture book for you!
The year isn't over but ROCKET SAYS LOOK UP! might be my favorite picture book release of 2019. Such a vibrant protagonist whose enthusiasm to share her love for space with her whole community takes hold of you from page 1 and stays with you until the very end. Additionally, I LOVE that Rocket's story doesn't perpetuate a "magical exceptionalism" narrative. Her curiosity and initiative JUMP off each page and speak for itself in a way that makes her story extraordinarily ordinary!