Monday, August 22, 2022

Book Nook: Extraordinary Women with Cameras

 My husband is a photographer, and my daughter is getting more interested in photography, so we were looking forward to reviewing Extraordinary Women with Cameras: 35 Photographers Who Changed How We See the World by Darcy Reed and illustrated by Vanessa Perez. Geared for kids 8-12, the book gives a short biography of iconic female photographers over the past 200 years.

I liked the variety of women in this book. Some names were familiar and recent (like Anne Geddes), others were less familiar or more historic, so it gave me a chance to learn about different iconic photographers as well. Interspersed throughout the book are some other enrichment tidbits - photography terms, ideas for photo projects, and suggestions for other female photographers to learn about. n

The book is a great gift for girls (or boys) getting into photography and can inspire further research into some of these amazing women.

About the Author

Darcy Reed is a writer, editor, and actor. Her books include: The College Bucket ListDisney: Ninety Years of Mickey MouseWonder Woman Trivia DeckThe Photography Trivia DeckCaptain Marvel: The Tiny Book of Earth's Mightiest HeroExtraordinary Women With Cameras, and Shakespeare: Famous Last Words. In her free time she enjoys cooking, playing with her twin nieces, and following Pearl Jam on tour. She lives in Sonoma County, CA.

About the Illustrator
From a young age, Vanessa Perez knew she had a connection with art and telling stories through drawings. This love for creating led her to pursue a career in illustration. Since graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration from California State University, Long Beach, Vanessa has been working as a freelance illustrator, creating drawings for individuals and small businesses. She primarily works digitally and occasionally with gouache paint. Vanessa is a Southern California native and loves exploring new food creations, roller skating at the beach, and spending time with friends and family. Find her work online at and follow her on Instagram (@nessycreates). Extraordinary Women with Cameras is her first book.

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