#WorldKidLit Wednesday: Amazona

While most of the Amazon rainforest is found within the borders of Brazil, other South American countries such as Peru and Colombia lay claim to portions of its acreage. The Amazon itself is home to hundreds of indigenous people groups, who find themselves increasingly displaced from their ancestral homes, or even killed, because of mining, … Continue reading #WorldKidLit Wednesday: Amazona

#WorldKidLit Wednesday: Almond

Selected as a 2021 GLLI Translated YA Book Prize honor book, Almond is the story of Soon Yunjae, who as child is diagnosed with alexithymia, or the inability to identify and express one’s feelings. His amygdalae—the almond shaped structures in the brain responsible for interpreting external stimuli as emotional responses— are, as he explains, "unusually … Continue reading #WorldKidLit Wednesday: Almond

Asian Titles celebrating UN Sustainable Development Goals & Social Emotional Learning

Thanks to the AFCC (Asian Festival of Children's Content) and the Singapore Book Council Singapore Book Council / AFCC (Asian Festival of Children's Content) Book recommendations for children and young adults which support the understanding of the  UN 2030 Agenda -- i.e., the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (the SDGs)-- set in 2015, with specific targets and … Continue reading Asian Titles celebrating UN Sustainable Development Goals & Social Emotional Learning

#INTLYALITMONTH: What a month!

Some titles from #IntlYALitMonth Throughout the month of May, librarians, authors, teachers, and library activists from around the world took turns reviewing #IntlYALit titles that will help us provide our students with more windows, mirrors, and sliding glass doors. I'm humbled by the efforts of the reviewers and thrilled with the results of their work. … Continue reading #INTLYALITMONTH: What a month!

#INTLYALITMONTH: Crooks and Straights by Masha du Toit

Review by: John Kurtenbach Crooks and Straights by Masha du Toit The story at first sounds like the typical struggle between those with magic (Crooks) and those without (Straights).  The plot follows young Gia as she learns about the abilities and special qualities of her younger brother, Nico.  Cape Town had been a haven for … Continue reading #INTLYALITMONTH: Crooks and Straights by Masha du Toit

#INTLYALITMONTH: The League of Super Feminists by Mirion Malle

Review by Paige Spilles The League of Super Feminists by Mirion Malle Explaining complex ideologies to our younger readers can be a struggle! In her book, The League of Super Feminists, French cartoonist and author Mirion Malle offers a useful, illustrated primer to all things related to feminism. Malle uses lively, conversational language and colorful … Continue reading #INTLYALITMONTH: The League of Super Feminists by Mirion Malle

#INTLYALITMONTH: Year of the Weeds by Siddhartha Sarma and Oonga by Devashish Makhija

Review by Katie Day Year of the Weeds by Siddhartha Sarma Oonga by Devashish Makhija I’m cheating a bit by insisting on reviewing two books today.  But both are fictions based on an on-going political and environmental struggle over indigenous people’s lands and rights in India – and both deserve to be better known and … Continue reading #INTLYALITMONTH: Year of the Weeds by Siddhartha Sarma and Oonga by Devashish Makhija

#INTLYALITMONTH: How Do You Live by Genzaburo Yoshina, Translated by Bruno Navasky

Review by Jeremy Willette How Do You Live? by Genzaburo Yoshina One part science lesson, two parts history, with a ton of philosophy and a splash of economics thrown in, this realistic fiction novel is sure to be a big hit with students who are curious about the world around them and their place in … Continue reading #INTLYALITMONTH: How Do You Live by Genzaburo Yoshina, Translated by Bruno Navasky

#INTLYALITMONTH: Secret Path by Gord Downie and Jeff Lemire

Review by Mary Lawson Secret Path by Gord Downie and Jeff Lemire "Gord Downie began Secret Path as ten poems incited by the story of Chanie Wenjack, a twelve year-old boy who died fifty years ago on October 22, 1966, in flight from the Cecilia Jeffrey Indian Residential School near Kenora, Ontario, walking home to the family … Continue reading #INTLYALITMONTH: Secret Path by Gord Downie and Jeff Lemire

#INTLYALITMONTH: The Secret Life of Debbie G. by Vibha Batra, illustrated by Kalyani Ganapathy

Review by Chris Fazenbaker The Secret Life of Debbie G. by Vibha Batra The Secret Life of Debbie G. revolves around the life of 16-year old Arya as she encounters and navigates major life changes.  With her divorced mother remarrying, she struggles to adjust to her new blended family that includes classmates who are not … Continue reading #INTLYALITMONTH: The Secret Life of Debbie G. by Vibha Batra, illustrated by Kalyani Ganapathy