Three new children’s books by SVA alumni explore what makes lives happier and easier.
Yard Sale (Candlewick, 2015) by Lauren Castillo (MFA 2005 Illustration as Visual Essay): Castillo illustrated this story about a young girl whose family is moving to a smaller home and selling the things they can’t take with them. Exploring loss and familial change, Yard Sale emphasizes the value of love and togetherness over personal possessions. For more information or to purchase, click here.
Simple Machines: Wheels, Levers, and Pulleys (Holiday House, 2015) by Anna Raff (MFA 2009 Illustration as Visual Essay): Raff’s illustrations re-introduce young readers to the machines they use regularly. Slides, for example, look like inclined planes while seesaws resemble levers. The book’s storyline involves two children and one comical cat discovering how wheels, pulleys and other features shape everyday life. For more information or to purchase, click here.
Supertruck (Roaring Brook Press, 2015) by Stephen Savage (MFA 1996 Illustration as Visual Essay): Savage’s new book celebrates the essential services provided by city trucks by endowing one of them with super powers. The story focuses on a snowy evening in which a garbage truck, with Clark Kent–like glasses, sneaks off, mutates into Supertruck and whisks away all the snow on the streets. For more information or to purchase, click here.