#WorldKidLitWednesday: Bear and Fred: A World War II Story

“Many years ago,in a faraway land called Holland, in a city named Delft, I was Fred’s teddy bear. I never had a name. Fred never gave me one. I lived in his bedroom with other toys. I was a happy bear. Little Fred loved me more than any other toy. He took me everywhere he … Continue reading #WorldKidLitWednesday: Bear and Fred: A World War II Story

#WorldKidLitWednesday: The Visitor

Elise is scared of everything, even trees, so she never ventures out. Her house is spotless and totally devoid of color until the day a pale blue paper airplane flies through an open window, bringing with it a shaft of light from the outside world. Then Emil, a young boy dressed in bright red and … Continue reading #WorldKidLitWednesday: The Visitor

#WorldKidLitWednesday: Do Fish Sleep?

Originally an award-winning play for children, Do Fish Sleep? is a heartbreakingly matter-of-fact look at death for middle grade readers from the perspective of Jette, a 10-year-old whose little brother, Emil, dies during the course of the book. Unsurprisingly, she and Emil are both puzzled about what happens to people after they die—animals, too. When … Continue reading #WorldKidLitWednesday: Do Fish Sleep?

#WorldKidLitWednesday: Felix After the Rain

Grandma used to say to Felix that the sun always shines after the rain and that after every uphill climb there’s a downhill stroll. Felix is a deeply unhappy boy, who drags around a large suitcase wherever he goes. Unbeknownst to him, the negative situations and emotions he experiences in life are hidden in the … Continue reading #WorldKidLitWednesday: Felix After the Rain

#WorldKidLitWednesday: Kiki’s Delivery Service

Make way for Kiki! A beloved children’s classic in Japan ever since it was originally published in 1985, Kiki’s Delivery Service by Eiko Kadono has been out of print in English translation for over a decade, despite its continuing fame via Hayao Miyazaki’s animated adaptation. And adaptation it is: there are significant differences between the book and the movie. … Continue reading #WorldKidLitWednesday: Kiki’s Delivery Service

#GlobalPRIDELitMonth: The Heart of the Circle: A Thrilling Queer Israeli Fantasy

Part fantasy thriller, part social justice allegory, Keren Landsman’s Geffen Award winning novel The Heart of the Circle is a riveting exploration of minority rights told through the lens of a world where sorcerers are not only a part of day-to-day life, but are discriminated against, segregated and even murdered. Set in what appears to … Continue reading #GlobalPRIDELitMonth: The Heart of the Circle: A Thrilling Queer Israeli Fantasy

#GlobalPRIDELitMonth: My Tender Matador: A Gay Snapshot of Life in Pinochet’s Chile

A pivotal moment in Chile’s history: an assassination attempt by the young men of the revolutionary Manuel Rodríguez Patriotic Front (Frente Patriótico Manuel Rodríguez) on Augusto Pinochet, the military dictator ruling Chile. This is the point in history in which essayist, visual artist and activist Pedro Lemebel places his first novel, and his first work … Continue reading #GlobalPRIDELitMonth: My Tender Matador: A Gay Snapshot of Life in Pinochet’s Chile

#GlobalPRIDELitMonth: The Others, An Anonymous Arabic Novel from Saudi Arabia

“[This book] could be the most controversial novel to emerge in our times, not just from Saudi Arabia, but from the whole of the Arab world.”Al-Hayat The Others follows an unnamed narrator - a young Shi’i woman living in the Eastern Province of predominantly Sunni Saudi Arabia - as she navigates college life during the … Continue reading #GlobalPRIDELitMonth: The Others, An Anonymous Arabic Novel from Saudi Arabia

#GlobalPRIDELitMonth: Aimee and Jaguar: A Lesbian Love Story from Nazi Germany

Third Reich or not, lesbians are always at war. With their families, with their friends, with societal institutions. With the law, with the streets. With themselves. Hiding is a part of life. Death or violence are always possible. This is a reality for lesbian and bisexual women throughout history, and in our current world. However, … Continue reading #GlobalPRIDELitMonth: Aimee and Jaguar: A Lesbian Love Story from Nazi Germany

#WorldKidLitWednesday: And Then the Seed Grew

What's an underground community to do when a perniciously invasive root snakes its way through everyone's routes and roofs? That's the setup for award-winning author-illustrator Marianne Dubuc's latest, a whimsical picture book for ages 3-7, And Then the Seed Grew. Filled with fun details--a blue piano in the corner of one room, a yellow rubber … Continue reading #WorldKidLitWednesday: And Then the Seed Grew