We are delighted to join the Nonfiction Picture Book meme 2019 hosted by Alyson Beecher @ Kid Lit Frenzy. We would also be linking our nonfiction choices with our reading themes throughout the year, when we can.
The Bluest of Blues
Anna Atkins and the First Book of Photographs
Written and illustrated by Fiona Robinson
Published by Abrams Books for Young Readers (2019)
The cover of The Blues of Blues reminded me of the art style of Isabelle Arsenault. This picture book biography, however, was created by Fiona Robinson. It tells the story of Anna Atkins and the invention of cyanotype photography.
Anna’s mother died shortly after Anna was born. She grew up with her father John. John wanted to make sure that Anna received the best education and learn about the sciences. Anna took after her father’s love for observation and research.
While John translated French scientific journal articles into English, Anna provided the illustrations to fully capture the shells being described in these articles. One of Anna’s greatest achievement was being granted membership to the Royal Botanic Society in London. The other was writing a book that combined science and photography: specimen with cyanotype illustrations!
Robinson explored these and other important details in Anna’s life. Add this to your list of books featuring women in science and photography!