A Book, Too, Can Be a Star

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Age of Revolutions

A Book, Too, Can Be a Star
Author: Jones Voiklis, Charlotte
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Time Period: Modern Age
Time Frame: 1920-1962
Geographic Area: North America
Country: United States
Topics: Madeleine L'Engle, Poets and Writers
Genre: Non Fiction, Biography
Reading Age: Lower Elementary, Middle Grade
Format: Picture Book
Published: 2022

American History > Age of Revolutions > African American History

An inspiring picture book biography of beloved author Madeleine L’Engle and the making of A Wrinkle in Time.

When Madeleine L'Engle was very small, she often found herself awake at night, marveling at the stars. They guided her throughout her life, making her feel part of a big and exciting world, even when she felt alone. They made her want to ask big questions―Why are we here? What is my place in the universe?―and let her imagination take flight. Books, too, were like stars―asking questions and proposing answers. Books kept Madeleine company, and soon, she began to write and share her own. But would other people see the wonder she found in the world?

Written by Madeleine's granddaughter Charlotte Jones Voiklis and bestselling picture-book author Jennifer Adams, A Book, Too, Can Be a Star follows the life of one of the world's greatest creators―and gives children encouragement to lead a creative, inquisitive life.

Emily's Review

I really enjoyed this story. I'll admit, I didn't really know much about Madeleine L'Engle. I have loved A Wrinkle in Time since I was a young girl, I always loved the questions that Wrinkle made me think about. But I've never read any of her other books.

This picture book is all about having the courage to ask big questions and not being afraid of taking risks. I find it so wild that publishers didn't want to take on A Wrinkle in Time because they didn't think children would understand it or that adults would want to read a book where the children are the heroes of the story. Oh how wrong they were! Some of my favorite books are ones that made me think and also happen to have children protagonists!

I think this picture book would be great to pair with a first reading of A Wrinkle in Time. It would also be a great read for a child who wants to be a writer - particularly if they are doubting themselves. And now I'm off to read more about Madeleine L'Engle's life!

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