cover image Counting on Community

Counting on Community

Innosanto Nagara. Seven Stories/Triangle Square, $8.99 (24p) ISBN 978-1-60980-632-3

Nagara builds on the success of A Is for Activist with a counting book that celebrates active communities, devoting pages to everything from urban farming and chalk drawing to potlucks and protests (“Eight picket signs/ showing that we care”). Nagara’s vibrant digital collages hum with energy as a multicultural crew of children and adults work, play, and collaborate. Brushed, woodgrain-style textures lend an organic feel to the images, while radiating lines in the backgrounds emphasize the idea that close-knit communities like this one have real power. Ages 3–7. (Sept.)