#WorldKidLitWednesday: The Blue Bench

Once in a while you happen on a book that requires you to slow down and savor each page in order to fully appreciate it. The Blue Bench is one such picture book. The blue bench has been a fixture of the local park for as long as anyone can remember. It features on every … Continue reading #WorldKidLitWednesday: The Blue Bench

#WorldKidLitWednesday: Lines, Squiggles, Letters, Words

Do you remember not being able to read? I certainly don't... Most of us have been reading for so long that we can't remember what it felt like not to be able to understand everything we saw around us. Nor do we have any inkling of what the mysterious world of visual symbols looked like … Continue reading #WorldKidLitWednesday: Lines, Squiggles, Letters, Words

Picture Books from Singapore

Today's post comes from Barb Reid, Head of Libraries at UWCSEA East here in Singapore. She has picked out a range of her favorite picture books from and about Singapore, suitable for children ages 3 to 7. You can find our previous post, with an overview of publishers, bookstores, and other resources for SingLit, here.  The … Continue reading Picture Books from Singapore

#WorldKidLitWednesday: Nora the Mind Reader

When a boy calls young Nora “flamingo legs,” a magic bubble wand tells her that he secretly likes her. When a girl says, “I’m telling everyone not to play with you,” the wand reveals that the girl feels blue when she can't have Nora all to herself. Could it be that lots of what people … Continue reading #WorldKidLitWednesday: Nora the Mind Reader

In Translation: A Powerful Norwegian Picture Book Comes to America

Translator Tara Chace discusses Angryman, her work as a translator, and the “Nordic” sensibility in children’s books. NorthSouth Books: What languages do you translate, and how did you become a book translator? Do you work on adult as well as children’s literature? TC: I translate Norwegian, Swedish, and Danish. I suppose I took a unique … Continue reading In Translation: A Powerful Norwegian Picture Book Comes to America

#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