What Is A River?
Written and illustrated by Monika Vaicenavičiene
What is a river? It’s water, the source of life. It’s also a journey, visiting mountains, cities, and oceans. It’s a home; it’s shelter. It’s energy, giving away its force to humans for power and industry. It’s a meeting place; a memory; a place to wash, to find food, to dream; it’s a word. Such is a river.
As informative as it is lyrical, this is a visually stunning work of narrative nonfiction. Spanning science, history, geography, and myth, What Is A River? leads its readers to look at the natural world with attention, from a perspective infused with wonder, intimacy, and love.
Monika Vaicenavičienė is an award-winning illustrator and picture book creator, working with personal and commissioned projects in illustration, visual storytelling, and children’s books.
In Monika’s picture books, memories, legends, and real stories meet, creating poetic documentary narratives about the interconnectedness and wonders of our world. Monika’s work has been recognized in renowned international competitions, including World Illustration Awards, where she was named an Overall New Talent Winner in 2018, and Bologna and Shanghai Children’s Book Fairs. Monika’s latest picture book What Is a River? appeared in 2019 with editions in languages from around the world.
Monika studied Graphics and Printmaking at the Vilnius Academy of Arts and as a visiting student at the Valand Academy of Arts in Gothenburg, and the University of the Arts London. In 2017, she received a Master of Fine Arts in Visual Communication at Konstfack University of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm.
As an art director and contributing artist, Monika runs www.gatviususitikimai.lt, an educational comics project about the streets of Vilnius, Lithuania. Amplified with new stories, the project became a comic book in 2020.
Monika lives in Vilnius with her husband and their two children.
Reading age: 4-8 years