#WorldKidLitWednesday: Felix After the Rain

Grandma used to say to Felix that the sun always shines after the rain and that after every uphill climb there’s a downhill stroll. Felix is a deeply unhappy boy, who drags around a large suitcase wherever he goes. Unbeknownst to him, the negative situations and emotions he experiences in life are hidden in the … Continue reading #WorldKidLitWednesday: Felix After the Rain

#WorldKidLitWednesday: Grandpa Cacao: A Tale of Chocolate, from Farm to Family

Who doesn’t love a delicious chocolate cake for their birthday? In this picture book aimed at children ages 4-7, a young girl is making a celebration cake with her father while her mother is out on a special errand. As the pair measure and mix the ingredients, she asks her father to tell her again … Continue reading #WorldKidLitWednesday: Grandpa Cacao: A Tale of Chocolate, from Farm to Family

#WorldKidLitWednesday: Along the Tapajós

How about traveling somewhere exciting and new from the comfort and safety of your home? Picture books are a wonderful way for readers of all ages to experience different places, cultures, people and stories. And Along the Tapajós certainly fits the bill. Written and illustrated by Fernando Vilela and translated from the Portuguese by Daniel … Continue reading #WorldKidLitWednesday: Along the Tapajós

#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: 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

#WorldKidLit Wednesday: Three Balls of Wool (Can Change the World)

Ready to reboot a makerspace? I have a yarn about yarn to inspire you. Three Balls of Wool (Can Change the World) by Henriqueta Cristina, illustrated by Yara Kono and translated from Portuguese by Lyn Miller-Lachmann, uses knitting to show how a bit of creativity can make life better, even in rough circumstances. A family … Continue reading #WorldKidLit Wednesday: Three Balls of Wool (Can Change the World)

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