Step Gently Out is a poem by Helen Frost accompanied by photographs by Rick Leider. Two things I love, and two things not often put together, and so, from what I can tell, two things that will sink it's ship. Or, maybe, two things that will give it the leg up to win. The photos are all macros (close-up) of things you find outdoors - ants, bees, caterpillars, grasshoppers crawling on sticks, grass, flowers, etc. The photos are vivid and tack sharp but soft at the same time. Just perfection. I wonder how many shots the photographer had to take to get these. As a photographer I especially appreciate how challenging this must have been with teeny, tiny moving animals. And the accompanying text is also so lovely. If our kids aren't getting enough time outdoors, at least they can explore through this beautiful book. I hope it gets something. There should be a photography book award for kidlit.
Green or the photos in Step Gently Out. Also, for some reason, I didn't love the pattern in the sweaters which is nitpicky and stupid, but also true (for me). One thing I know kids will love about the illustrations is this book if they're fans of Jon Klassen is that there are some cameos in this book from his other works. That's pretty cool.