Who’s Hiding In This Book?
By Sheila Cordner
Illustrated by Daniel Fiore
1st Place Winner of the 2020 Purple Dragonfly Award for Children’s Books
By celebrating a diverse group of voices, the book paves the way for a lifetime of appreciating classic books. Young readers will climb the hilly streets of Sui Sin Far’s San Francisco, board a plane to Taha Hussein’s Egyptian village, chase a cocker spaniel through the streets of Virginia Woolf’s London, search the seas for Herman Melville’s white whale, dance to the Blues in Langston Hughes’s Harlem, ride a horse-drawn carriage through Edith Wharton’s Central Park, listen to a woodpecker in Emily Dickinson’s poetry, and hike in Thoreau’s woods. Along the way, readers will encounter a talented girl who leaves her reservation to start a new school, a determined boy who refuses to let his blindness stop him, and a brave young woman who travels across the country in a covered wagon.
The book includes a “Become An Author” activity page for children and a bonus section for parents and educators with background information for each author as well as suggested topics to spark discussion with children.
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Several things impressed us about Sheila Cordner when she approached our publisher at the IPNE 2017 Book Awards to pitch her book. Not only was she an accomplished literature professor at Boston University, but she had written a children’s book on diversity in literature while raising a newborn and a toddler!
Sheila’s book with Pierce Press went on to earn two Purple Dragonfly Awards from Story Monsters, Inc.
Illustrator Daniel Fiore
After an art-filled childhood, Daniel Fiore attended Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), where he discvered his passion for illustration. Daniel uses gouache and watercolor as well as mixed media consisting of colored pencil, oil, acrylic, watercolor, “whatever medium best communicates the story.”
He especially enjoys creating portraits and caricatures. Recently, his focus has shifted towards children’s book illustration, and he is thrilled to have contributed to this book, which helps communicate such an important message to today’s youth.