I had not heard of this title before it arrived on my doorstep, but now I am absolutely obsessed with How Old Am I? by JR and Julie Pugeat! Inspired by JR’s Inside Out Project, this fascinating visual reference book contains 100 portraits of 100 different people from 100 different countries, ranging from ages 1 to 100.
Each portrait is paired with with a little information about the subject, including a translation of “Hello” in their language, their name, age, where they live, where they were born, and some of their personal experiences. How Old Am I? is an amazing resource offering young readers several lessons, from counting and geography to celebrating art, aging, and diversity – making it the perfect addition to classrooms and school libraries.
The black and white portraits included are absolutely stunning, and I really love the contrasting bright colors and dots used as backgrounds throughout the book.
How Old Am I? officially releases later this week (May 12, 2021), but you can preorder it today at your local bookstore, Bookshop, or Amazon. (Please note: Some links provided are affiliate links. Affiliate links allow me to receive a small commission for recommendations at no cost to you. This commission is used to maintain this site and to continue bringing content to you. I always appreciate your support!)
JR is a Parisian artist and activist known for his large scale public photography projects. To learn more about him and his work, visit his website at jr-art.net.
Julie Pugeat is a studio director and mother of two, based in France. To learn more about her, please visit her Instagram.
Thank you so much to Phaidon for sending a review copy of How Old Am I? my way. It was a wonderful surprise and I’m beyond excited to share it with all the young readers in my life.