We featured books with or about landmarks all throughout July. These are some of the books that ushered in this month’s theme. You can also search for “landmarks” on our Archives page to take a look at the other books that were posted during the month.
Whether you’ve got a trip planned or are staying local, we hope your summer experience will be enriched by getting to know at least one nearby landmark along with its history and significance.
From @averyandaugustine —
Jason Chin has brought many natural wonders to life in his incredible picture books, and his latest is GRAND CANYON. He weaves together engaging narrative, history and science to provide a trip back in time through one of the largest canyons in the world. There is so much packed into this book, and an endless amount to learn with each read. It was no doubt a huge undertaking with loads of meticulous research and hours upon hours of drafts to put this exceptional book together. We love Jason Chin’s devotion to his craft, and his amazing contributions to #kidlit.
GRAND CANYON was published by Roaring Brook Press.
From @bookbloom —
This month's #littlelitbookseries celebrates landmarks. And I would be remiss if I didn't share this forthcoming publication about Andrew Carnegie, who peppered the world with one of the most important institutions we revere today. Thanks to the hard work of this Scottish immigrant, we have "over 2,500 public libraries in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom." In addition, "he built [libraries] in Europe, the Caribbean, Australia, and New Zealand." In fact, many are still lending books today. My guess is you may have even been in a Carnegie library and perhaps not even known it. Andrew Carnegie paved the way for modern free libraries by establishing this rule, "If a community agreed to provide the money needed to buy books, pay staff, and maintain a library, then [he] would provide the money to built it." Because of his philanthropic efforts these institutions and landmarks are still thriving today.
From @littlebooksbigworld —
ARCHITECTURE ACCORDING TO PIGEONS is told from a pigeon's point of view as he flies around the world to "visit some of its most remarkable buildings and structures." Speck Lee Tailfeather travels to the Canterbury Cathedral, the Great Pyramid of Giza, the Colosseum, and the Taj Mahal. He flies to the Eiffel Tower and to the Great Wall of China with other renowned stops in-between. He also notes the wonder of some of the best towers and bridges in the world.
This is a fabulous book for older children who are interested in architecture or travel. It is also a wonderful book to browse as a family and learn about the world and it's historical masterpieces. (7+)
Side note: At the beginning of summer I bought a bunch of popsicle sticks, clothes pins, binder clips, straws, and small plastic cups and we've been having fun constructing our own bridges and towers and buildings. I'd highly recommend it as an example of a cheap and open-ended invitation to create.
From @live_read_write —
The New York City skyline may be missing two iconic buildings, but memories and stories surrounding the World Trade Center live on. One such story is that of Philippe Petit, the French aerialist and street performer who tightroped across a cable between the Twin Towers. THE MAN WHO WALKED BETWEEN THE TOWERS by Mordicai Gerstein highlights Petit's incredible feat through poetic text and oil painting illustrations.
"He looked not at the towers but at the space between them
and thought, what a wonderful place to stretch a rope;
a wire on which to walk. Once the idea came to him
he knew he had to do it! If he saw three balls, he had to juggle,
If he saw two towers, he had to walk! That's how he was."
From @ourbookbag —
For this month's #littlelitbookseries post we are looking at landmarks. Carson Crosses Canada by Linda Bailey, illustrated by Kass Reich and published Tundra Books takes us on a road trip from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic as Annie Magruder and her dog Carson set out to visit Annie's sister Elsie in Newfoundland. As they drive cross country, they encounter many landmarks along the way including the Hoodoos in Dinosaur Provincial Park in Alberta and Niagara Falls in Ontario.
This is a book that gets us excited to get out for an adventure this summer. There is so much to see and do!
From @picturethisbook —
One of the coolest books we own is this beautifully illustrated and designed picture book by Tomáš Tůma, which vividly describes the lives of the Ancient Roman gladiators, and showcases the architectural features of the awe-inspiring arena where their bloody fights-to-the-death took place: the Colosseum. The best part is, the sturdy board pages are cut so that together they form a mini Colosseum!
From @sunlitpages —
Summer is the perfect time to travel and visit some famous landmarks and natural wonders. In preparation for a big trip (or in lieu of one if it's not a good time to travel), I love this Ready-to-Read series that highlights some of America's most well known destinations.
If you have a new reader in your home, you know that introducing any type of nonfiction is a completely different beast. Suddenly they are confronted with names, places, and/or technical terms they've never seen before and that don't follow any of the rules they've already learned.
This series contains many of those types of words (Frederic-Augusta Bartholdi, anyone?), but the text is fairly limited on each page, and when sitting next to a patient adult, it's totally manageable. (And you might even learn something in the process!)
From left to right: The Rocky Mountains, The Mighty Mississippi, Niagara Falls, Yellowstone, the Statue of Liberty, and Mount Rushmore. The Wonders of America Ready-to-Read Set was published by Simon & Schuster.
From @teeandpenguin —
Author Peter Sís does a masterful job of describing his life in Czechoslovakia under various regimes. The illustrations earned him a Caldecott Honor and the text is phenomenal in that it provides a thought provoking view of what life was like before the Berlin Wall came down, perfect for ages 8 and up. The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain was published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
From @thelittlebookcollector —
I took this gloriously retro and really quite informative book to Rome this month for a little photo shoot at the Pantheon, which we read all about on the way in the taxi- which was pretty awesome. Full of all the hotspots in Rome, a little history and some fun facts, reading this is almost as good as being there... almost. I've also got This is Venice- so I will have to take that on a little vacation next year, won't I? 🙌 And utterly perfect for @littlelitbookseries landmarks theme this month.
From @thereadingninja —
Landmarks is what we're talkin' bout over at #littlelitbookseries and I have just the book! “A peculiar portfolio of fifty fascinating structures” says the title, and indeed it is. An illustrated and in depth look at 50 incredible structures that will make your traveling bucket list roughly 50 places longer.
The curation is perfect and has everything from the life size Star Wars X-Wing Starfighter built entirely out of legos (5,335,200 bricks to be exact) to the great Sagrada Familia by Antoni Gaudi. Pictured is a list of the giant sculptures of Paul Bunyan and his trusty blue buffalo spread all over. We were able to see one last summer in the Redwoods and it was RAD! The writing is informative but has a fantastic amount tongue and cheek. Another amazing non fiction book that will teach as much as it will entertain.
From @welovebookworms —
We just returned from a 10-day family vacation, visiting the Hawaiian islands, specifically Kauai and Oahu. In fact, we lived on Kauai for four years - that's even where my kids were born. So for my contribution to #littlelitbookseries theme of landmarks, I chose this board book I brought back from Hawaii. It's called Pele Finds a Home and it's written by Gabrielle Ahuli’i [and illustrated by Jing Jing Tsong . It's about Pele, the goddess of fire, lightning, wind, volcanoes, and the creator of the Hawaiian Islands.
Hawaii is a captivating place. It's filled with lush greenery, a myriad of blue waters, fragrant flowers, and red dirt that doesn't wash off. But more than that, it's magical. The Hawaiian culture reveres their deities. Tales of gods and goddesses are passed down through the lips of the elders to the ears of the youngsters. This book captures that. It shares how Pele creates and destroys, how dichotomy is important in society, how balance is key in Hawaiian culture, or in any culture. This is my contribution for #littlelitbookseries because it celebrates the culture, people, and beauty of Hawaii.
From @writesinla —
For our #littlelitbookserieslandmarks theme, I give you Journey, Based on the True Story of OR7, the Most Famous Wolf in the West The last wolf in California was hunted in 1924, so when an Oregon wolf that scientists were studying left its pack and headed south on its own, the west watched. Journey, named by two children in a contest, traveled almost 2,000 miles for three years, sometimes in California, until finally finding a mate and settling in southern Oregon, with its pack. Wolves were basically extinct in the US until some were released in Yellowstone in 1966, and those wolves started to migrate. This story is about a landmark event in the natural world, and tracks the western wilderness as well. Published by Little Bigfoot.