#WorldKidLit Wednesday: Why Translate ‘Dragon of Bethlehem’

Palestinian middle-grade and YA fantasies set in our time often have a magical element that helps the protagonist cross through checkpoints, get over walls, or sneak past soldiers. Walid Daqqa's The Oil's Secret Tale has invisibility; in Sonia Nimr's Thunderbird, the first in a trilogy, Noor can set things on fire (and travel through time); and in Huda El … Continue reading #WorldKidLit Wednesday: Why Translate ‘Dragon of Bethlehem’

#WorldKidLit Wednesday: The Raven’s Children

“They had fed him these sinister thoughts dressed up with noble phrases . . . It was only once they’d settled deep inside you that they grew and grew, and started to suck away at your soul.” These lines from the novel The Raven’s Children by Yulia Yakovleva, translated from the Russian by Ruth Ahmedzai … Continue reading #WorldKidLit Wednesday: The Raven’s Children

#WorldKidLitWednesday: Witchfairy

Rosemary is a fairy who doesn’t want to be neat and sweet all the time. No way! She’d rather be a witch living in a treehouse in the witches’ wood, roller-skating and getting nice and dirty. Her mom rejects her wayward daughter’s choices, while the witches encourage Rosemary to take risks and challenge herself. But … Continue reading #WorldKidLitWednesday: Witchfairy

#WorldKidLitWednesday: Can I Build Another Me?

Kevin has had enough of homework and household chores, so he buys a robot to do them for him. Simple, right? Ah, but there’s a catch: No one is to know the robot is not him. When Kevin attempts to tell the robot about himself, he discovers that he has a lot of information to … Continue reading #WorldKidLitWednesday: Can I Build Another Me?

#WorldKidLitWednesday: Cry, Heart, But Never Break

What if Death liked his coffee "black and strong?" And left his scythe outside the door, so as not to scare the young ones? That's who Death is in Cry, Heart, But Never Break, originally written in Danish by award-winning children's author Glenn Ringtved, with wistful, pencil-and-watercolor illustrations by Charlotte Pardi. In this gentle, moving … Continue reading #WorldKidLitWednesday: Cry, Heart, But Never Break

#WorldKidLit Wednesday: Meet Reviewer Laura Taylor

Laura Taylor is on a years-long mission to read picture books from every country in the world. How’s that for ambition? Inspired by Ann Morgan, this busy writer, translator from French into English, and mother of two has: established the Planet Picture Book blog and social media pages in 2017. posted throughout #WorldKidLit Month here … Continue reading #WorldKidLit Wednesday: Meet Reviewer Laura Taylor

#WorldKidLitWednesday: Moletown

What price do we pay for progress? Moletown, a largely wordless book by German author/illustrator Torben Kuhlmann, encourages readers to ponder this question in some depth in a story set in a subterranean world of moles and machines. The machines are not there at the start, just one mole that lives under a ‘lush green … Continue reading #WorldKidLitWednesday: Moletown

#WorldKidLitWednesday: A Well-Mannered Young Wolf

What's a young, hungry but well-mannered young wolf to do when given a last wish by his freshly-captured future meal? Grant it...of course, just as his parents taught him to do! In this wickedly sly picture book for ages 4-8 by Jean Leroy, our polite wolf on the hunt for his first prey encounters a … Continue reading #WorldKidLitWednesday: A Well-Mannered Young Wolf

#WorldKidLit Wednesday: I Lived on Butterfly Hill

“So—are you saying that our souls can be knocked down like houses?”   “Yes, my wise girl,” she says. “Our souls can crumble when we don’t care about our neighbors, or when we say hateful things about others, or exclude people for being different.” This exchange between eleven-year-old Chilean Celeste Marconi and her mother, in … Continue reading #WorldKidLit Wednesday: I Lived on Butterfly Hill

#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