Emily wants to be an artist. She likes painting and loves the way artists like Pablo Picasso mixed things up.
Emily's life is a little mixed up right now. Her dad doesn't live at home anymore, and it feels like everything around her is changing.
"When Picasso was sad for a while," says Emily, "he only painted in blue. And now I am in my blue period."
It might last quite some time.
A Neal Porter Book
Cathleen Daly is a writer and performance artist who lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is the author of the novel Flirt Club, and the picture book Prudence Wants a Pet, both published by Roaring Brook Press.
Her second picture book with Roaring Brook Press, Emily's Blue Period, was the runner up for the 2015-2016 Texas Bluebonnet Award, was a Junior Library Guild Selection, a Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year, and a Cooperative Children’s Book Center Choice (University of Wisconsin).
“A nicely underplayed look at family change that will speak to many youngsters' experience.” —BCCB
“Aspiring artist Emily is trying to make sense of her life, which right now is all in pieces, since her mom and dad don't live together anymore . . . During the blue period, tones are gray and black and blue, but the final coloring collage invites children to find all the parts of Emily's life . . . Artful.” —Booklist
“*This is a heartfelt, relatable, and even sometimes funny picture book. It's also empowering for readers struggling with similar situations, as Emily figures out a way to redefine her idea of home - herself, through the making of art.” —The Horn Book, STARRED REVIEW
“*This book does a beautiful job of using the arts to show Emily's process as she grieves, accepts, and adapts to the changes in her family . . . A lovely, contemplative picture book.” —School Library Journal, STARRED REVIEW
“A girl adjusts to her parents' divorce with the help of Pablo Picasso's artwork . . . A worthwhile, idiosyncratic demonstration of a specific artist's relevance to a young child.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Daly offers a picture book with a middle-grade sensibility, examining the way that creating art can help dispel distress.” —Publishers Weekly