Sometimes it’s the little observations that spark the imagination and inspire readers to look anew at the world around them. Written by well-known Spanish poet Karmelo C. Iribarren and translated by Lawrence Schimel, this slim book of illustrated children’s poems is a source of wonder and enjoyment for children ages 6 and up. Iribarren invites … Continue reading #WorldKidLitWednesday: Poems the Wind Blew in
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
What price do we pay for progress? Moletown, a largely wordless book by German author/illustrator Torben Kuhlmann, encourages readers to ponder this question in some depth in a story set in a subterranean world of moles and machines. The machines are not there at the start, just one mole that lives under a ‘lush green … Continue reading #WorldKidLitWednesday: Moletown
We’re at the end of World Kid Lit Month. But what a wonderful month it has been: A real celebration of children’s literature from around the world! I have published a total of 21 posts on the GLLI blog over the course of the month, including this one. It has been a treat to revisit … Continue reading Thank You!
At first glance, Wilbert is a short, easy read. Everything about the book is simply laid out, from the one-word title to the uncomplicated text on each page. The illustrations appear straightforward too, with their minimal backdrops and small cast of characters. Not much can beat a good game of hide-and-seek and it’s fun accompanying Rat … Continue reading Wilbert
Lila Prap’s books have been translated into more than 30 languages, I discovered when I started to research Slovenian picture books. I have chosen to review perhaps her most successful title Why? in this post. Why? is a non-fiction picture book where each double spread is devoted to a different animal. Hyenas, whales, camels and … Continue reading Why?
In 2013, Portia Dery became the first Ghanaian writer to win the Golden Baobab prize for her picture book manuscript Grandma’s List, which went on to win a Children's Africana Book Award (best books for young children category) in 2018. Initially published in English by African Bureau Stories, this picture book is due to be released by Jacana … Continue reading Grandma’s List
Bees are amazing creatures! And if you didn’t think so before, you certainly will after browsing this encyclopaedic picture book. There are 72 very large pages to enjoy on topics such as ‘Bees and Dinosaurs’, ‘Unusual Beehives’ and ‘The Giant Honey Bees of Asia’. Pride of place is given to the illustrations by renowned Polish … Continue reading The Book of Bees
Drawn in by Carll Cneut’s glorious artwork and the prospect of a ‘deliciously dark European picture book’, I backed this book on Kickstarter earlier this year. It is due for release this month. The Golden Cage is a wonderfully unique picture book. First, its size: At 340 x 260 mm, it is larger than most … Continue reading The Golden Cage
As part of my mini-series on Slovenian picture books, I invited Delaram Ghanimifard, co-founder and publisher of Tiny Owl Publishing, to tell us more about forthcoming picture book Felix After the Rain. Written and illustrated by Dunja Jogan, this title is currently being translated from the Slovenian by Olivia Hellewell. What first attracted you … Continue reading Felix After the Rain: A Forthcoming Picture Book from Slovenia