Last year was a stellar one for picture books, and my personal favorite was “Dave the Potter” winner of the Caldecott Medal for 2011. With illustrations by Bryan Collier, and text by Laban Carrick Hill, the book weaves the story of a South Carolina potter who signed his works merely “Dave.” Dave was a slave who born around 1801. Believed to have made 40,000 pots over a period of 70 years, some of his work held as much as 70 gallons. He is well known among American art historians. Ages 5 and up.
Another book that has been popular with North Carolina readers is “Good Night, North Carolina,” (text by Adam Gamble, illustrations by Ann Rosen). This is a board book from the Good Night, Our World Series. The author lives on Martha’s Vineyard. Each book features attractions from each state or location, and makes a wonderful bedtime book. “Good Night, North Carolina" has illustrations for the North Carolina Zoo, the Outer Banks, the Wright Brothers, and much more. Other books in the series include “Good Night, California,” and “Good Night, Philadelphia.” Ages 2 and up.