The Oscar nominations were officially released Jan. 23, but if you’re anything like me, it can be hard to keep up with what’s out there. That’s why I devised a solution using the library’s picture books. Too busy to see the hottest critically acclaimed films? Then just read their children’s book equivalents.

If You Want to see the movie “Ladybird,” try the book “My Mom Is Trying to Ruin My Life” by Kate Feiffer.

If You Want to See “The Shape of Water,” try “Bink and Gollie” by Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee, particularly the second story, “Give a Fish a Home,” about Bink’s love for a fish. Just replace the pancake with a hard-boiled egg.

If You Want to See “I, Tonya,” try “The Meanest Birthday Girl” by Josh Schneider. Not that the girl in this story suffers to the extent that Tonya does, but I feel like her attitude of strength is pretty on par.

If You Want to See “Three Billboards in Ebbing, Missouri,” try “Petey and Pru and the Hullaballoo” by Ammi-Joan Paquette. Because if you’re looking for a book of increasing chaos, I don’t think you could find a better one than this.

If You Want to See “The Post,” try “The Berenstain Bears No Girls Allowed” by Stan and Jan Berenstain. That one’s pretty self-explanatory.

Betsy Bird

Betsy Bird is the Collection Development Manager of Evanston Public Library. She has been writing for the Evanston RoundTable since 2016.