USBBY Outstanding International Book Pick: The Bathing Costume, or The Worst Vacation of My Life by Charlotte Moundlic

The book's protagonist is Michel, an eight-year-old Parisian boy. His brother Martin, who's twelve, detests him, and he detests Martin right back. This summer, Michel will go away alone, which really means without his mom, to stay with his grandparents while his parents move apartments. To add to the horror, Michel's older boy cousins will … Continue reading USBBY Outstanding International Book Pick: The Bathing Costume, or The Worst Vacation of My Life by Charlotte Moundlic

USBBY Outstanding International Book Pick: THE TABLE THAT RAN AWAY TO THE WOODS by Stefan Themerson

The Table that Ran Away to the Woods tells the tale of a writing desk that one day 'grabbed two pairs of shoes, ran downstairs, and took flight', escaping into the countryside with its owners in barefoot pursuit. This is the first time the story - first published in a Polish newspaper in occupied France … Continue reading USBBY Outstanding International Book Pick: THE TABLE THAT RAN AWAY TO THE WOODS by Stefan Themerson

Children’s Title Pick: Goodnight Mr. Clutterbuck by Mauri Kunnas

From the award-winning Mauri Kunnas, one of Finland’s most celebrated children’s writers and illustrators, a hilarious picture book full of animals, humor, and colorful pictures. Mr. Clutterbuck is blissfully unaware of his reputation as the busiest and loudest sleepwalker in town. Meek and mild-mannered when awake, at night Mr. Clutterbuck seeks thrills and adventures. Often … Continue reading Children’s Title Pick: Goodnight Mr. Clutterbuck by Mauri Kunnas

USBBY Outstanding International Book Pick: Anton Can Do Magic by Ole Könnecke

Anton wants to do some magic. He wants to make something disappear... First Anton tries to make a tree vanish, but it s too big. He manages to make a bird disappear, and even his friend Luke. But where did Luke go? Anton Can Do Magic is a perfectly simple and hilarious picture book about … Continue reading USBBY Outstanding International Book Pick: Anton Can Do Magic by Ole Könnecke

International Banned Book: The Little Black Fish by Samad Behrangi

Summary: Little Black Fish may be small, but he has big questions and a determination to find answers to them. While his fellow fish are too scared to do anything different from their set routine, Little Black Fish swims over the edge of the pool, into the stream and river which will show him much … Continue reading International Banned Book: The Little Black Fish by Samad Behrangi

Immigration through the Eyes of a Child

Explaining immigration to children is a challenge. I want my children to have an understanding of the things they hear and the world around them, good and bad. That being said, I also want to protect my child from the most gruesome elements if possible. I turn to books. I have found two recent picture … Continue reading Immigration through the Eyes of a Child

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

Publisher Spotlight: Cinco Puntos Press

With roots on the U.S./Mexico border, Cinco Puntos publishes great books which make a difference in the way you see the world. Welcome to the Cinco Puntos Press website. We’re really glad that your travels on the web have brought you here. To tell you the truth, we’re a little bit surprised to be here … Continue reading Publisher Spotlight: Cinco Puntos Press

USBBY Outstanding International Book Pick: Migrant by Jose Manuel Mateo

A Mexican boy tells of his journey to the U.S. with his family. They must face many dangers to cross the border, only to experience the uncertainty felt by all illegal immigrants. The narrative is accompanied by one long, beautifully vivid illustration reminis­cent of pre-Hispanic codices, packaged as an accordion-style foldout frieze. Praise for Migrant … Continue reading USBBY Outstanding International Book Pick: Migrant by Jose Manuel Mateo

Jewish Storytelling Sources

 English-language retellings of Jewish folktales come from many different source languages, Yiddish, Hebrew, and Ladino (the language of the Sephardic Jews) chief among them. This post will present a round-up of some of my favorite storytelling collections, whether translated or otherwise reworked from the oral tradition. Since I work in a Sephardic congregation library, I … Continue reading Jewish Storytelling Sources