Picture books offer some of the best openings for family discussions of social justice issues, so this year, we’re pleased to offer several conversations with the creators of new picture books that tackle timely themes in terms that will resonate with all members of the family. In her new picture book, muralist Katie Yamasaki writes about a young girl who loves her vibrant city block (“It wasn’t pretty but it was alive!”) and mourns its rapid change into a place she no longer recognizes. Everything Naomi Loved offers a concrete, child-centered portrait of gentrification and, as Publishers Weekly notes in a starred review, “champions the power of ordinary people to preserve what’s lost through art.” Watch Yamasaki read her book in this on-demand video, and then tune in on October 9 for a live Q&A with author and racial justice educator Francie Latour.
Storytime: Everything Naomi Loved [pre-recorded]
Katie Yamasaki is a Brooklyn-based muralist and picture book creator who has worked on more than eighty murals around the world. After college, she taught Spanish in Detroit and New York City public schools and, more recently, also worked as a teaching artist for twelve years at Ballet Tech, the NYC Public School for Dance. Everything Naomi Loved is her latest picture book, co-written with Ian Lendler, author of the award-winning Stratford Zoo graphic novel series, and illustrated by Yamasaki.