My current favorites are by author/illustrators who inspire me with their immaculate balance of words and pictures. Each has a unique way of letting the text say one thing and then allowing the images to breath life into a deeper aspect of book- creating subtle space for the story to grow in between the words and pictures. That is where the magic happens. The text is often minimal (some more than others); then with graphic compositions, they control how the reader moves through the book-not only with their eyes, but emotionally. What is not said is felt through the pictures.
Little Elliot Big City by Mike Curato
Jessica is giving away her newest book, Laundry Day, along with two bookmarks and a Before I Leave poster to one lucky winner at the conclusion of ReFoReMo. To be eligible for the giveaway, please leave a comment on this post and strive to read mentor texts regularly.
Jessixa Bagley is a picture book author/illustrator. She currently has three picture books published with Roaring Brook Press: Boats for Papa, Before I Leave, and Laundry Day. Boats for Papa won the 2016 Washington State Scandiuzzi Children’s Book Award. Her next picture book, Vincent Comes Home (Winter 2018), is collaboration with her husband, Aaron Bagley. Jessixa loves both real and fake hamburgers.