If You Come to Earth

Chronicle. Sept. 2020. 80p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9781452137797.
PreS-Gr 1–If visitors came to Earth, what would they need to know? A young boy, Quinn, writes a letter to potential visitors in Blackall’s stunning new book. Her signature Chinese ink and watercolor illustrations will draw children in for repeat readings to pore over each detail, such as the portraits of people from diverse backgrounds, from a construction worker and a firefighter to Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden. Images such as a two-page spread of different types of birds arranged in the shape of a bird invite dialogue from prereaders, expanding their background knowledge about animals, transportation, or kinds of houses. Each page is well researched and inclusive, as Blackall depicts the many different people who live in the world. The inclusivity of various abilities is especially notable, including the American Sign Language alphabet, images of Braille, different types of families, and people using wheelchairs. The author’s note tells how she came to know the real Quinn, an Australian boy with dark hair and light skin.
VERDICT With its gorgeous and intricate illustrations, this is perfect for sharing one on one, and is recommended for most collections.

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