#WorldKidLit Wednesday: The End

What if the world actually ended with a bang and not with a whimper? (Pace, T.S. Eliot.)  And what if you knew the end was coming? How would you spend your final days? That’s the premise in The End, an award-winning upper YA novel by Swedish author Mats Strandberg. When the story begins, scientists have … Continue reading #WorldKidLit Wednesday: The End

#WorldKidLit Weekend: Ellie’s Voice or Trööömmmpffff

Ellie’s Voice or Trööömmmpffff,* an adorably whimsical Estonian picture book for ages 3-6, is about a seabird named Ellie, who has no voice.  “Everything else has a voice,” Ellie thought sadly. "The trees rustle.  The waves crash. Even the rain sings when it falls."  I’m the only one who can’t make a sound." Ellie felt tears … Continue reading #WorldKidLit Weekend: Ellie’s Voice or Trööömmmpffff

#INTLYALITMONTH: The Courage of Elfina

Written by  André Jacob, Translated by Susan  Ouriou Illustrated by Christine Delezenne ISBN:13: 978-1-4594-1419-8 Publisher: James Lorimer & Company LTD., Toronto Twelve-year-old Elfina lives in Paraguay with her grandmother, brother, and her dad, who she sees every couple of months as he is a migrant farm worker in Brazil. Elfina is aware that her family … Continue reading #INTLYALITMONTH: The Courage of Elfina

Silent books

Any children's librarian will tell you that as children are read picturebooks they are not usually silent participants. So this category of the picturebook is a little puzzling until you realise that the books are silent because there are no words on the page. The story is carried by the illustrations and the reader who … Continue reading Silent books