Balloons Over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy’s Parade by Melissa Sweet
Melissa Sweet won a Caldecott Honor for her stunning collage illustrations in Balloons Over Broadway. This well-crafted picture book beautifully describes the life and story of Tony Sarg, the mastermind behind the helium balloons at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Sweet’s work complements Tony Sarg’s achievements well and will forever change the readers’ view on the traditional Thanksgiving parade.
Little Humans by Brandon Stanton
Based on the pictures from the popular blog “Humans of New York,” Brandon Stanton creates an empowering text that any little human can relate to. Stanton uses photographs of children from all five NYC boroughs to add depth and meaning to his book. Its rhyming text and diverse pictures will delight, engage, and encourage little humans (and big humans!) everywhere.
Fireboat: The Heroic Adventures of the John J. Harvey by Maira Kalman
Maira Kalman uses this story about a retired fireboat to sensitively address the tragic events of September 11, 2001 in an age appropriate manner. While the text remains on the surface level and describes the uplifting tale of the John J. Harvey Fireboat’s journey in a changing city, the illustrations provide the reader with a better understanding of the tragic day. Kalman sheds light on an important moment in history without scaring young readers, and also honors those heroes, including the John J. Harvey, who worked hard to help people when New York City needed them most.