Add these books by two local authors to your list.
For the kids
Berkeley author and illustrator.
Marissa Moss’ books are no doubt all over your daughter’s bookshelves, as Moss is known for her creative and funny series Amelia’s Notebook. And hopefully, your son has some Max Disaster books lost under his bed, too.
Barbed Wire Baseball, Moss’ latest picture book—and winner of the California Book Award for juvenile fiction—depicts the triumphant, true story of Kenichi “Zeni” Zenimura, who, while living in a Japanese internment camp, builds a baseball field. Filled with hope, he later makes it to the big leagues to play with Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig.
Moss also keeps busy leading children’s publishing company Creston Books, which publishes favorite local authors Elisa Kleven and David M. Schwartz. “I’m enjoying learning the other side of the business: part seeing how the sausage is made, part learning a new appreciation for children’s books,” Moss says. Barbed Wire Baseball written by Marissa Moss, illustrated by Yuko Shimizu, Abrams, $18.95.
Oakland author and illustrator.
Lisa Congdon brings us two new books this year. In Whatever You Are, Be a Good One, a stunning collection of 100 inspirational quotations, Congdon hand letters the words of her favorite thinkers, celebrating each saying with cheerful illustrations
and original designs.
In Art Inc.: The Essential Guide for Building Your Career as an Artist, Congdon offers advice on finding what inspires you and provides detailed strategies for launching your art career.
To keep up with Congdon’s designs and inspirations, check out her blog, Today Is Going to Be Awesome, at lisacongdon.com. Art Inc. ($16.95), and Whatever You Are, Be a Good One ($14.95), Chronicle Books, 2014.