About this book
They Say Blue
Winner of the Governor General’s Literary Award, Young People’s Literature – Illustrated Books
New York Public Library Best Books for Kids 2018
Caldecott and Printz Honor-winning illustrator Jillian Tamaki brings us a poetic exploration of colour and nature from a young child’s point of view. They Say Blue follows a young girl as she contemplates colours in the known and the unknown, in the immediate world and the world beyond what she can see. The sea looks blue, yet water cupped in her hands is as clear as glass. Is a blue whale blue? She doesn’t know — she hasn’t seen one.
Stunningly beautiful illustrations flow from one spread to the next, as time passes and the imagination takes hold. The world is full of colour, and mystery too, in this first picture book from a highly acclaimed artist.
Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:
With prompting and support, describe the relationship between illustrations and the story in which they appear (e.g., what moment in a story an illustration depicts).
Identify words and phrases in stories or poems that suggest feelings or appeal to the senses.
Identify who is telling the story at various points in a text.
Describe the overall structure of a story, including describing how the beginning introduces the story and the ending concludes the action.
Explain how specific aspects of a text's illustrations contribute to what is conveyed by the words in a story (e.g., create mood, emphasize aspects of a character or setting)
About the Author
Jillian Tamaki is a cartoonist and illustrator from Calgary, Alberta, who now lives in Toronto, Ontario. Her first picture book, They Say Blue, won the Governor General’s Literary Award and the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award, among many other accolades. She co-created the highly acclaimed graphic novels Skim and This One Summer with Mariko Tamaki, and she is the creator of the webcomic SuperMutant Magic Academy, and Boundless, a collection of short comics for adults. She has won many awards for her work, including a Caldecott Honor, a Printz Honor, the Eisner Award, the Doug Wright Award and the Ignatz Award. Her work has also been named to the list of New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Books.
Awards and Praise
Winner — Boston Globe–Horn Book Picture Book Award
"Thinking, imagining, noticing — these, Tamaki suggests, are the tools we have to understand our world. " — Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW
"Attuned to a child’s psychology and patterns of critical thinking, this visually stunning work is a must-purchase for libraries." — School Library Journal, STARRED REVIEW
"With her first picture book, Jillian Tamaki displays a mastery of the form along with a sensitive understanding of the imaginative life of a small child. " — Quill & Quire, STARRED REVIEW
- Winner Boston Globe–Horn Book Picture Book Award, 2018
- Commended School Library Journal Best Books, 2018
- Commended New York Public Library Best Books for Kids, 2018
- Commended NPR‚Äôs Great Reads, 2018
- Commended New York Times Notable Children‚Äôs Books, 2018
- Commended CBC Books Best Canadian YA and Children‚Äôs Literature, 2018