Monday, March 02, 2015

Little Humans by Brandon Stanton

I am an unabashedly passionate fan of Humans of New York (HONY), the blog created by photographer Brandon Stanton featuring photographs of everyday New Yorkers. The photographs are accompanied by stories—sometimes long, sometimes no more than two sentences—about the subject in the picture. These stories more often than not make me tear up because they are generally heartfelt and raw. Adding levity to the blog (also seen in Instagram, Facebook, and a best-selling book of the same title) and interspersed between photos and stories that range from silly to devastating, pictures of children pop up - like this one of a superhero and his sidekick. This picture along with over 30 others can be found in the light-hearted picture book created by Stanton titled, Little Humans. The photography takes center stage in the book with a simple poem running below the pictures that brings the collection together.

Though the book is called, Little Humans, the children in the pages are quite big in spirit, fashion, and talent. The picture book shows its small subjects doing what kids do best—falling down and getting back up, playing sports and musical instruments, showing off twirly skirts and well-loved basketballs, and just being plain adorable. Young readers will delight in seeing kids just like them in the pages and parents will appreciate the positive message. Don’t miss this beautiful picture book and check out Humans of New York on social media!

Reviewed by Megan, Youth Librarian at Kempsville Area Library 

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