I Know A Lot! by Stephen Krensky and Sara Gillingham is a superb companion to Now I am Big! and I Can Do It MYSELF!, which came out last year, and yet another great book from AbramsAppleseed. Where most board books are often focused on teaching facts to toddlers, Krensky and Gillingham's books feature all the things they already know and can already do, encouraging and empowering.
In Krensky's short, rhyming text, a confident little girl tells is the things she knows, allowing listeners to revel in what they know. Some of the things she knows reinforce lessons we repeat often for our children like "stoves are hot." Some of the things our narrator knows present an interesting perspective from a world that is familiar to little kids: "I know water is wet and glue will dry." Gillingham's brightly colored, blocky illustrations are the perfect match for Krensky's text. But, what I love most about I Know A Lot! is the narrator herself. As a recent infographic on the lack of diversity in children's books shows, while 37% of the population in the US is made up of people of color, only 10% of children's books in the past 18 years contain multicultural content. So thank you, Stephen Krensky, Sara Gillingham and AbramsAppleseed for helping to shift the balance and introducing readers to this self-assured, smart little African-American girl.