Action! How Movies Began

by Meghan McCarthy is a fun, accessible history of filmmaking. The book goes all the way back to the early film “The Horse in Motion” by Eadweard Muybridge, then talks about the transition from silent movies to talkies, and the golden age of Hollywood. While it might seem like a lot of information for a picture book, McCarthy digests the history in easily readable text, accompanied by gorgeous illustrations that show the process of making movies from both the front of the screen and behind the scenes.