Books About Photography + Giveaway


As a photographer, I’m always interested in reading about other photographers. So, this week’s post is a list of books about photography.

**NOTE ABOUT GIVEAWAY** I do have a giveaway with this post! For details, see the bottom of the page.

Hot Cocoa Hearts // by Suzanne Nelson

hot-cocoa-heartsMG, Contemporary (2015)

Ever since the death of her grandmother, Emery Mason has become a scrooge about Christmas. Problem is, Em’s family runs the Santa booth at the mall where she has to play the role of an elf. And then there’s Alex who runs the hot chocolate stand. He’s going to make it his goal to try to change her mind.

Photography Connection: Em loves to take photos with her mom’s old camera. She captures images at the mall to show the “unhappiness” that comes along with the Christmas season: crying children, unhappy babies, tired out old ladies. But in true Hallmark-fashion, by the end of the book, that all changes! [3 stars]

The Pompeii Disaster // by Dan Gutman

pompeii-disasterMG, Contemporary/Time Travel (2018)

Note: This book is technically the third book in a series. The Flashback Four are a group of kids that time travel to various important events in history to… get this… take a photograph of said event. This book’s focus: Pompeii. And as you can probably guess, things won’t go smoothly with a volcano about to erupt.

Photography Connection: Of all the books on my list, this is probably the least photography-ish. Yes, the kids have to take a picture of the historical event, but that’s about it. But, I’ve included it in my list because it is kind of neat to think of having a photograph of Mount Vesuvius about to bury the city of Pompeii in ash. Wow, just wow! [3 stars]

Counting on Grace // by Elizabeth Wintrop

counting-on-graceMG, Historical – 1910 (2006)

When Grace gets yanked out of school to go work in the mill, her teacher is furious. How will these children ever get an education, especially when Grace is one of her best students… What’s this? Grace is one of the best students in the whole school? Suddenly, Grace wants to learn. She wants to be a teacher herself, but it won’t happen if she must work in the cotton mills for the rest of her life.

Photography Connection: This story is a fictional account of those haunting cotton mill photos taken by Lewis Hine in the early 20th century. About half-way through the book, Mr. Hines shows up at the mill with his camera to photograph Grace and the other children who work at the mill. The book also includes a scene where he shows Grace how he develops his glass slides! [4.5 stars]

Northern Exposures // by Eric Walters

northern-exposuresMG, Contemporary (2001)

This was a fun story about a boy who wins a photography contest by mistake! The prize? Photography the polar bears in Churchill, Manitoba. And because he’s not really a photographer, he has some madcap adventures. Not to mention, the other people in his group are a bunch of senior citizens! I enjoyed learning about polar bears and getting a little geography/history lesson (which I see as fun!) about Churchill. Plus, as a photographer, I would have loved to be on this trip with Kevin and all the senior citizens!

Photography Connection: The photography contest… Oh, and because the book was first published in 2001, I loved all the film-talk… digital photography wasn’t really a thing back then! So, it definitely brought me back to the days when I first started taking serious photos with my SLR camera. [3.5 stars]

Half a Chance // by Cynthia Lord

half-a-chanceMG, Contemporary (2014)

Lucy is the daughter of a professional photographer who is judging a competition for children photographers. She decides to covertly enter the contest. She enlists the help of the kid next door, Nate. This book also has a connection to loons and loon-watching. I loved that aspect of the book, as well as the plot that revolved around Nate’s grandmother (who suffers from dementia).

Photography Connection: I really liked the photography treasure hunt! My favourite shot was the one they take up on the mountain. I like how the competition turns out (won’t spoil it!). I felt that it was fairly realistic and also satisfying. [4.5 stars]


Have you read any of these books? Are there other books that feature photography you would recommend? Let me know in the comments!


Since this is a photography book and I’m a photographer, I’m giving away one of my 2020 Photography Calendars… **ENTER GIVEAWAY HERE**.

Note: Entries must have a valid U.S. or Canadian address. If, for some reason, you cannot use the form below, leave me a comment in the comment section below.

Note: I’m posting this for Greg Pattridge’s Marvelous Middle-Grade Monday

13 thoughts on “Books About Photography + Giveaway

  1. I enjoy taking photos myself (although I don’t do it quite as often as I should), so all of these books sound really neat! I haven’t read any of them, although I have read and enjoyed another book by Cynthia Lord called Rules. Thanks so much for the neat post!

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  2. What a fun book list!! Northern Exposure sounds like a madcap adventure that my book club would enjoy. I love reading about photography but I’m not sure I remember specific books with it (my memory is horrid!) I love when a hobby pops up suddenly in a contemporary book that I love too. It makes me bond with the character.

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  3. I especially loved Cynthia Lord’s book, Half a Chance. I haven’t read the others. Counting grace sounds interesting. I used to enjoy photography — part of my job as a journalist. Also had to develop my photos in the dark room. Really liked taking people photos. My cameras are gone and I don’t take as many photos now. I did review a book in recent years that featured photography, but will have to look back through my posts.

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  4. I love how creative this blog post concept is. I would have never thought to look at books from this light or perspective. I also think the Pompeii photograph completely falls into this category of post. I’ve often thought about specific events or periods in time and how interesting (and very sad for certain events) it would be to stand from afar and watch or take a picture. But now that I’m thinking about it, I probably shouldn’t because I think my heart would break knowing I couldn’t help as certain events occurred. Perhaps I should stick to just watching happy moments in time.

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    • The Pompeii book is preceeded by a book about the Titanic! So, there’s something fascinating about such tragedies, isn’t there?

      I find that in my own photography, there is something about having a lens between you and the event that kind of takes you out of the event. But, knowing that, I don’t think I would personally want to photograph a tragedy. I’d rather set the camera down and help in whatever way I could.


    • Yeah, I happened to notice a trend in some of my reading material and it wasn’t intentional! Then I also included other books I’ve read in the past (like the Cynthia Lord one).

      Happy Holidays to you as well!


  5. I enjoyed your selections that all tied in with photography—one of my favorite pursuits. These were all new to me and although I had seen the titles of Cynthia Lord’s books, they must have gotten lost in my future read list from a past year. Thanks for featuring this fun post for MMGM.

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  6. I like the sound of Hot Chocolate, since I could easily see how someone in that position would find themselves feeling a bit scroogy. As for photography, I did a 4H project on it as a young teen and have adored taking pics ever since, but am very much an amateur!


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