I would like to bring into the spotlight a picture book that was published a couple of years ago called Virginia Wolf, written by Kyo Maclear and illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault. I recently revisited this title and remembered how brilliant I think it is! The book is an interpretation of the sisterly dynamic of the author, Virginia Woolf and her sister, the painter, Vanessa Bell. (I might add that in June I went to the International Conference on Virginia Woolf, so, needless to say, Virginia Woolf and the Bloomsbury Group are fresh in my mind.)
The story celebrates the love between sisters and artfully addresses depression, a topic that we don't really see that often in books for young children. The poetic words and vivid images explode across the pages expressing transformation of feelings and shifting of moods in a creative and accessible way. Quite a number of libraries in Suffolk already have it in their collection and I encourage you to (re)discover it. . . especially if you (or one of your patrons) are having a particularly "wolfish" day.
Kyo Maclear's new book Julia, Child was just released this month!