#WorldKidLit Wednesday: Magic Candies

I don't mean to brag, but my colleagues recognize me as a children's book maven. I often seem to know of the newest and most notable picture books, and get my hands on them as soon as they are available. How do I do it? In addition to reading a few trade publications and blogs, … Continue reading #WorldKidLit Wednesday: Magic Candies

#WorldKidLit Wednesday: Little Bear’s Treasures

A shiny button, a soft cloud, a bush full of blueberries. Why, they’re treasures of course! At least they are to Little Bear; not so to the other animals he meets, who dismiss his finds as “junk.” Until Little Bear meets Little Bird. “‘Ooo, a magic stick!’ said Little Bird.” Aha! Finally, a creature after … Continue reading #WorldKidLit Wednesday: Little Bear’s Treasures

#WorldKidLit Wednesday: Catch That Chicken!

Catch That Chicken! is author Atinuke and illustrator Angela Brooksbank's latest collaboration since the adorable B is for Baby for beginner readers. Using a similarly vibrant illustrative style, the picturebook for ages 2-5 follows a little girl named Lami. She lives in a compound with a big baobab tree, a cattle pen, multiple houses and … Continue reading #WorldKidLit Wednesday: Catch That Chicken!

Five Books Celebrating Caribbean Christmas

“West Indians do not give up traditions easily – even traditions like Christmas trees and carols about snow that seem a little out of place on tropical islands. Adopting traditions from other places is another West Indian tradition.” Vashanti Rahaman, Author’s Note, O Christmas Tree

#WorldKidLit Wednesday: !Qhoi n|a Tjhoi. Skilpad en Volstruis. Tortoise and Ostrich

Long ago, animals and people from different clans lived together in the Kalahari. One of the clans was the San. The San men hunted with bows and arrows, while the women cooked food in clay pots that they made themselves. One day, a huge sandstorm came from the sky, and when it was over everything … Continue reading #WorldKidLit Wednesday: !Qhoi n|a Tjhoi. Skilpad en Volstruis. Tortoise and Ostrich

#WorldKidLit Wednesday: The Stone Giant

Many of us are familiar with the tropes of Western fairy tales; somewhere in a far off place, there is a damsel in distress, a brave hero, and maybe a fantastical creature to boot. Something untoward then occurs, necessitating a rescue of some sort. There is maybe even some magic, or at least a supernatural … Continue reading #WorldKidLit Wednesday: The Stone Giant

#WorldKidLit Wednesday: Mpumi’s Magic Beads and Mpumi and Jabu’s Magical Day

Mpumi is a young, fun-loving, warm-hearted South African girl who lives in Johannesburg. In these two delightful picture books, aimed at children ages 5-10, we discover more about her, her city and her friends. Both titles are available in all of South Africa's 11 languages; Mpumi and Jabu's Magical Day is also available in French. … Continue reading #WorldKidLit Wednesday: Mpumi’s Magic Beads and Mpumi and Jabu’s Magical Day

#DutchKidLit – Princess Arabella Series by Mylo Freeman

When speaking to international school librarians at the ECIS Libraries Week in 2021, author-illustrator Mylo Freeman shared the story that inspired her first Princess Arabella book. Freeman had heard from a friend who worked with a children’s theater group about a little girl who was offered the role of a princess and turned it down. … Continue reading #DutchKidLit – Princess Arabella Series by Mylo Freeman

#DutchKidLit – If Only… by Mies van Hout

If only I were a bee, thinks the firefly.If only I were a spider, thinks the bee.Everybody wishes to be like somebody else sometimes --but we should never forget what makes us special.- If Only... Oh, to have wings like a butterfly, a joyful child with black braids and brown skin wishes, "Then I could … Continue reading #DutchKidLit – If Only… by Mies van Hout

#DutchKidLit – Where Is the Cake? by Thé Tjong-Khing

Post by guest author Sabrina Rossi from the International School of Amsterdam.Last August, during my staycation in the Netherlands, I decided to visit the Kranenburgh museum in Bergen with the intention of exploring the exhibition on Thé Tjong-Khing and his children’s book illustrations for the last twenty years, Thé Tjong-Khing: In the Master Illustrator's Studio, … Continue reading #DutchKidLit – Where Is the Cake? by Thé Tjong-Khing