The winners of the 2015 Pura Belpré Award were recently announced, and we were delighted to see one of our favorite new books was the winner of the Illustrator Award! Not to mention, it is an honor book for the 2015 Caldecott Award.
Viva Frida by Yuyi Morales, illustrated by Tim O’Meara have been deservedly recognized for this fine addition to biographical children’s literature. Frida Kahlo has been a favorite artist and distant mentor of mine for many year’s (Ruth here). [ I always said that if I had to get a tattoo (still hasn’t happened), I would have an image of Frida Kahlo on one wrist and Zora Neale Hurston on the other. Stay tuned. . .]
Anyway, this lovely new book celebrates the life and art of this feisty, interesting, creative woman who lived a life of courage and not a little tragedy. The pictures are the heart of the book, with spare text, in both English and Spanish that capture the mood and essence of each picture, floating dreamily on the page. I can’t recommend this introduction to Frida Kahlo for young readers strongly enough. Check it out as soon as you can, and enjoy sharing it with your little ones–and your artist friends, too.