Picture Books about Remarkable Women
Gyo’s name rang a bell. I couldn’t think why. Soon I recognized her as the creator of books my children and I enjoyed together, forty-some years ago. Oh, What A Busy Day! stands out in my mind, a new book at the time.
Gyo Fujikawa was an artist who defied what was expected of young women — and overcame other obstacles too — in order to pursue her passion for drawing. It’s a truly inspiring story and Kyo Maclear and Julie Morestad have done a gorgeous job of telling it.
My librarian recommended It Began With A Page in part because she knows about an upcoming non-fiction picture book of mine — about the life of Anne Innis Dagg. Anne also defied what was expected of young women, and overcame other obstacles too, in order to pursue her passion for giraffes. She became a pioneer in the scientific study of animal behaviour in the wild. Later this year she’ll receive an Order of Canada.
I worked closely with Anne as I wrote her story and we’re both thrilled with the work François Thisdale is doing to illustrate it. Want a sneak peek at what he’s doing? Stay tuned! If you haven’t yet subscribed to my posts, maybe now would be a good time.
Your turn now. Do you have a non-fiction picture book about a remarkable woman you’d like to recommend?
Kathy Stinson is the author of the classic Red Is Best and the award-winning The Man with the Violin. Her wide range of titles includes picture books, non-fiction, young adult fiction, historical fiction, horror, biography, series books, and short stories. She has met with her readers in every province and territory of Canada, in the United States, Britain, Liberia, and Korea. She lives in a small town in Ontario.
I can’t wait to read your new book about Anne Diggs and to bask in the artwork of Francois Thisdale.
I meant Dagg not Digg. A typo error.
Very good, Wendy. As always, I appreciate your enthusiasm for my work. I think you’re really going to love this one. 😊
I’m looking forward to your book. I heard A I Dag interviewed on CBC and was fascinated. k
Thank you for your interest. Anne is indeed a fascinating woman. If you haven’t seen the film “The Woman Who Loves Giraffes” yet, I recommend it highly while you’re waiting for my book!