USBBY Outstanding International Book Pick: Wangari Maathai: The Woman Who Planted Millions of Trees by Franck Prévot

Wangari Maathai said, “Trees are living symbols of peace and hope.” The trees that she and her Green Belt Movement planted are more than symbols, they are the result of the hard work of the women she enlisted to replant Kenya’s forests, replenish the wildlife, and instill democracy among the people. This simply told story … Continue reading USBBY Outstanding International Book Pick: Wangari Maathai: The Woman Who Planted Millions of Trees by Franck Prévot

USBBY Outstanding International Book Pick: Who Built That? Bridges by Didier Cornille

In this latest addition to his popular Who Built That? series, Didier Cornille presents ten of the most important bridges in the world, from the Brooklyn to the Golden Gate; from the first in cast iron to the longest in concrete; from small footbridges to the tallest in the world. Cornille introduces each engineer or … Continue reading USBBY Outstanding International Book Pick: Who Built That? Bridges by Didier Cornille

USBBY International Title Pick: A Well-Mannered Young Wolf by Jean Leroy

A hilarious story about why manners matter One morning, a young wolf eagerly sets out on his first hunting trip. But before he can devour his prey, he must honor their final wishes, just as his parents taught him to do. But the wolf's would-be meals aren't quite as honorable as he is! Can common … Continue reading USBBY International Title Pick: A Well-Mannered Young Wolf by Jean Leroy

Publisher Spotlight: Swan Isle Press

The Mission of Swan Isle Press Swan Isle Press is an independent, not-for-profit, literary publisher dedicated to publishing works of poetry, fiction and nonfiction that inspire and educate while advancing the knowledge and appreciation of literature, art, and culture. Since its inception in 1999, a special interest of the Press is publishing books related to … Continue reading Publisher Spotlight: Swan Isle Press

Book Excerpt: She Was Singing (story) by Danielle Picard

The short ceremony was coming to an end.   The young woman felt she was beyond tears, a hard block of insensitivity.  A small crowd had accompanied her mother towards nothingness, close family, friends, strangers, some of whom came to introduce themselves:  colleagues of the dead woman, members of associations to which her mother belonged, an … Continue reading Book Excerpt: She Was Singing (story) by Danielle Picard

Title Pick: Baho! by Roland Rugero

In Baho!, the first Burundian novel ever translated into English, the 28-year-old Roland Rugero uses elements of fable and oral tradition to explore the themes of miscommunication and justice in his war-torn Central African nation. When Nyamuragi, an adolescent mute, attempts to ask a young woman in rural Burundi for directions to an appropriate place … Continue reading Title Pick: Baho! by Roland Rugero

Publisher Spotlight: Le French Book

Since it is French literature month on our blog, it only seems fitting to highlight one of the great presses out there working specifically in the French translation sphere. In this case, Le French Book. If you not only love noir and crime fiction, but also feel inspired to support female-founded and -run presses, please spend … Continue reading Publisher Spotlight: Le French Book

The Batchelder Award and A Time of Miracles

In keeping with this month’s France theme, I would like to spotlight A Time of Miracles, an upper middle-grade, younger-YA novel translated from French that captured my heart.  But first, here is where I found this book: the past winner list for the Mildred L. Batchelder Award, a prize given in the same series as … Continue reading The Batchelder Award and A Time of Miracles

French Graphic Novels in Translation, Part II: Papercutz

In today’s post, I’ll turn to another fabulous graphic novel (GN) publisher, Papercutz.  Founded in 2005, Papercutz proudly (with good reason) proclaims itself to be the only publisher that focuses solely on graphic novels for children—for “reluctant readers and gifted readers,” and “kids, tweens, and teens” in genres such as “humor, action, adventure, mystery, horror, … Continue reading French Graphic Novels in Translation, Part II: Papercutz