Time for another technology detour!
As a bibliophile, I have so many books in my collection it's almost embarrassing. Maybe it won't be as embarrassing when I finally have my "library" organized and "open" in my basement, but for now... yeah. There's a lot of books down there. And each of them was specifically chosen, too.Gyo Fujikawa and Jill Krementz. They are about as different as you can be.
If the name rings a bell, it might be because her husband was a rather famous author, too. You may have heard of Kurt Vonnegut? Jill Krementz's books are totally opposite of her husbands.
My first introduction to Jill Krementz came in the form of A Very Young Rider. It still holds as my all time favorite children's equestrian book. The book is a "year in the life" of 9-year-old Vivi Malloy. It is filled with black and white photos of daily life as a pony rider. Everything from dealing with the vet, to packing for horse shows are shown in vivid imagery, along with narration that made me wish I grew up in Vivi's world.
In addition to her A Very Young Series (my favorites!) she also has a series called How it Feels where she interviewed children on a variety of more serious topics, including living with a physical disability, and dealing with parental divorce. (I used to lend this book out to students - with parental permission - at least once a year.) These books give young readers a glimpse into the lives of others who may be dealing with the same things they are.