#WorldKidLitWednesday: Happy Mid-Autumn Festival

How sweet is a picture book where the villain gets foiled *and* gets mooncakes? Happy Mid-Autumn Festival is that book. Ssshhh, don’t spoil the ending like I just did. To savor thoroughly, read aloud with a toddler-through-early elementary student who, at first glance, sees nothing more than a book about a holiday. Ho-hum. Your young … Continue reading #WorldKidLitWednesday: Happy Mid-Autumn Festival

#WorldKidLitWednesday: Arnica, the Duck Princess

Make way for a wonderful fairy tale for readers ages 6-10! Written by beloved Hungarian children’s author Ervin Lázár, Arnica, the Duck Princess features sumptuously colored, folk art illustrations by Jacqueline Molnár that make it both a satisfying read-aloud and read-alone book, bridging the gap between picture book and middle grade chapter book.  Anna Bentley’s … Continue reading #WorldKidLitWednesday: Arnica, the Duck Princess

#WorldKidLit Wednesday: Ms. Ice Sandwich

What? A fiction title for grown-ups on #WorldKidLit Wednesday? Yes, Ms. Ice Sandwich by Mieko Kawakami, translated from Japanese by Louise Heal Kawai, works as adult, young adult, AND middle grade reading. Why? This slim import from the U.K.’s Pushkin Press, released Stateside by Penguin Random House, features a fourth-grade boy as main character and … Continue reading #WorldKidLit Wednesday: Ms. Ice Sandwich

#WorldKidLitWednesday: Yours Sincerely, Giraffe

Did you have a pen pal when you were little? Maybe someone from halfway around the world, whom you’d never seen, from a land you knew nothing about? That’s the premise of Yours Sincerely, Giraffe, a sweet, zany chapter book for ages 6-10, with charming illustrations by award-winning artist Jun Takabatake (Bologna Children’s Book Fair Graphics … Continue reading #WorldKidLitWednesday: Yours Sincerely, Giraffe

#WorldKidLit Wednesday: The Wild Book

I love a sweet first-love story. Here’s one set in Mexico in summer that is bound to charm a middle grader near you. The Wild Book by Juan Villoro, translated by Lawrence Schimel, features a thirteen-year-old boy named Juan whose summer begins in the worst possible way: with news of his parents’ divorce. He learns … Continue reading #WorldKidLit Wednesday: The Wild Book

#WorldKidLit Wednesday: Playing a Part

“In life, as onstage, if you do nothing, then nothing happens.” So begins the chapter “Puppets Alive” in Playing a Part by Daria Wilke, translated from the Russian by Marian Schwartz. This chapter portrays an act of protest inside a Moscow theater: a new puppet master, devoted to marionette making but aware that he gained … Continue reading #WorldKidLit Wednesday: Playing a Part

#WorldKidLit Wednesday: Bronze and Sunflower

“Bronze’s family was like an old cart that has rolled for years along bumpy roads and through wind and rain. The axles need grease, the wheels need fixing, the parts seem a bit loose and the cart creaks forward, as though everything is a big effort. But it still works, and it still gets to … Continue reading #WorldKidLit Wednesday: Bronze and Sunflower

#WorldKidLit Wednesday: Ruby Red

Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier

Like YA fantasy filled with fencing, derring-do and a dash of romance?  Historical fiction replete with counts and conspiracies? Urban paranormal novels about time traveling? Then have I got a fabulous novel-in-translation for you… While this may sound like a mashed-up, genre-bending smorgasbord of a book lost in an endless search for identity, Ruby Red is … Continue reading #WorldKidLit Wednesday: Ruby Red

#WorldKidLit Wednesday: Three Balls of Wool (Can Change the World)

Ready to reboot a makerspace? I have a yarn about yarn to inspire you. Three Balls of Wool (Can Change the World) by Henriqueta Cristina, illustrated by Yara Kono and translated from Portuguese by Lyn Miller-Lachmann, uses knitting to show how a bit of creativity can make life better, even in rough circumstances. A family … Continue reading #WorldKidLit Wednesday: Three Balls of Wool (Can Change the World)

#WorldKidLit Wednesday: MAX by Sarah Cohen-Scali

Max (by Sarah Cohen-Scali, translated by Penny Hueston) is creepy.  Beautifully written. Translated in flawlessly idiomatic English. And seriously creepy. A well-researched work of historical fiction for upper YA readers*, the book tells the story of the eponymous Max, aka Konrad von Kebernsol, a product of the once-secret, actual Nazi Lebensborn program (literally, fountain of … Continue reading #WorldKidLit Wednesday: MAX by Sarah Cohen-Scali