The month of March is dedicated to celebrating women and their many contributions.
City of Light has published books by so many woman authors and illustrators that it is a challenge to decide with whom to start the introductions. There are five women authors and illustrators and just one (very remarkable) man among just the four books that have released at the end of March, and are also ready just in time for Easter:
- Kite to Freedom: The Story of a Kite-Flying Contest, the Niagara Falls Suspension Bridge, and the Underground Railroad, story by Kathleen Dinan and illustrations by Iris Kirkwood (Released March 25)
- The Mystery of the Barking Branches and the Sunken Ship, story by Judy Bradbury and illustrations by Gabriella Vagnoli (Releases April 15)
- The Chickadees and the Moon Above by Sara Simon (Releases April 1)
- Free Speech and Why You Should Give a Damn, by Jonathan Zimmerman, cartoons by Signe Wilkinson, Pulitzer Prize-winning illustrator (Releases April 1)
In addition to our new books, here are a list of books from beautiful women we have published over the years.
- Discarded Ancestors, story by Elizabeth Leader. There’s also a heartfelt and touching post written by our own Marti Gorman, founder and publisher at City of Light, where she discusses how this book inspired her mother to find her grandmother’s grave. You can read along here.
- At First Light, story by Wende Essrow. This award-winning coffee table book features stunning images of nature at its best, taken in our very home, Buffalo, NY! This exquisite book reminds us that each day is a new gift to cherish and explore.
- Five Hungry Mice, retold and illustrated by Heather Lynn Harris. Another award-winner, Five Hungry Mice is a fun retelling of Frances A.B. Dunning’s story, written in the mid-1800s. Heather adds life to this lost gem with her vivid illustrations that are sure to delight of children everywhere.
- The Alekizou and His Terrible Library Plot, story by Nancy Turgeon and illustrated by Patricia Cullen Raine. This fun and mischievous book is a delight for children as they learn their vowels and try to fix the Alekizou’s mess in this
City of Light had the privilege of chatting with author Kathleen Dinan and illustrator Iris Kirkwood to learn a bit about their inspirations and motivation for Kite to Freedom. They worked together to create this charming historical fiction for middle graders. In this Q&A, these two strong women describe where they found their inspiration, discuss their creative process, and share what they hope readers learn from their new book.
This 100-page book is now available in stores and on our website! Click HERE to read more about Kite to Freedom.
Which women have inspired you to get you to where you are today? Comment your answer below, and feel free to share any books written by women that have helped you step into yourself.