The JIF (Juvenile Illustrated Fiction) Collection at TCPL is a treasure trove of
provocative titles. JIF may also be defined as ‘picture books for older audiences’ and I would like to suggest that these are great titles for adult to enjoy reading aloud and sharing as well as for families with school-aged children. My eye was caught recently by a display title, The Greatest Skating Race. Written by Louise Borden and illustrated by Niki Daly, it tells the fictional tale of some Dutch families during World War II and how one young man’s skating abilities provide an escape avenue to Belgium for two Jewish Children. Daly’s brown palette nicely captures the look and temper of occupied Holland. I can still hear the swish, swish, of the skates on the canal!