Saturday, January 14, 2017

Kid Konnection: My Washington, DC

Every Saturday, I host a feature called Kid Konnection -- a regular weekend feature about anything related to children's books. This week I'm going to share with you a picture books that's timely considering all the happenings in our nation's capital next week!

Summary: Vibrant, lush paintings full of elaborate detail bring the capital city to life! A young girl and her friend explore their favorite places in Washington, DC, from the White House to the Lincoln Memorial. They peek inside the National Air and Space Museum, glimpse the Declaration of Independence at the National Archives, and bask in the beauty of the cherry blossoms surrounding the Tidal Basin.

With two giant foldout pages, a free poster of the Bill of Rights, a map of the whole city, fun facts, and seek-and-find challenges, My Washington, DC is endlessly enjoyable and educational. Kathy Jakobsen's lavish paintings invite readers to return again and again to this dazzling tribute to America's capital! -- Little Brown

I didn't see many picture books at this year's SIBA, but the ones I managed to grab are terrific. Case in point - MY WASHINGTON, DC by Kathy Jakobsen. I absolutely love this book! This illustrated picture book is the perfect way to introduce young readers, ages four to eight, to Washington, DC. MY WASHINGTON, DC takes kids on a "tour" of our nation's capital and provides some wonderful information along the way.

MY WASHINGTON, DC tells the story of a young girl and her friend as they visit the famous places in Washington. The book begins with their arrival at Union Station and follows them to various DC landmarks including Capitol Hill, Library of Congress, the Supreme Court, the National Archives, the Smithsonian, and more! On each page there are beautiful paintings of the locations as well as text on the bottom providing more specifics about each stop.

I can't rave enough about the artwork in this book. It truly is spectacular. Ms. Jakobsen's paintings are so detailed that you could look at each page for quite awhile. Truly, this illustrations alone are worth taking a peek at this book. She has gotten everything just right from the artwork on the ceilings to the ornate tiles on the floors. My absolute favorite page is the one of the Tidal Basin with the Jefferson Monument and the pretty cherry blossoms in bloom!

Not only is this book educational, but it's also a fun way to explore Washington... over and over again. The book includes foldout pages as well as a poster of the Bill of Rights. It also includes a map of the entire city, seek-and-find games, and more. It truly is a special picture book!

I highly recommend MY WASHINGTON, DC for home libraries, school libraries and classrooms. It's a gorgeous book about an incredible city, and a fun way for kids to learn about our nation's capital.

I received a copy of MY WASHINGTON, DC at this year's SIBA.

If you'd like to participate in Kid Konnection and share a post about anything related to children's books (picture, middle grade, or young adult) from the past week, please leave a comment as well as a link below with your name/blog name and the title of the book! Feel free to grab the little button too!


bermudaonion said...

I grabbed that at SIBA too and need to sit down and read it.

Stacie said...

I need to read this before our school trip there this summer! The map would be helpful I bet!