Planet Picture Book

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El Salvador

This leg of the Planet Picture Book journey was prompted by, appropriately enough, a book: Somos como las nubes/We Are Like the Clouds by Jorge Argueta, illustrated by Alfonso Ruano and translated by Elisa Amado. I kept seeing it mentioned – in...

Reef Walking

Grandma Sela and her granddaughter Mele head to the reef to go fishing. While her grandmother gathers shellfish, Mele collects cowrie shells to make necklaces for the tourists off the cruise ships. This lovely longer-style picture book really does...

Tonga

The Kingdom of Tonga comprises not just one, but over 170 islands of which 40 are inhabited. I had no idea! And I had no idea what picture books I would find there until I started looking. I didn’t think it would be easy. As author, editor and...

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The Noisy Classroom

This collection of 40 short, illustrated poems explores a variety of situations, objects and emotions both in the school environment and outside it. WiFi hotspots, chalk, the demands of school work, mobile phones, wearing a mask in class, a snake...

One House for All

Three friends, Raven, Crayfish and Horse, want to get married but they still want to enjoy each other’s company. So, they decide to design a house where they can all live together with their families. Only, this proves harder than it sounds. Will...

Latvia

2018 is a big year for Latvia. On 18th November, this small Baltic state will celebrate the centenary of its proclamation of independence from Russia. Festivities are already well underway, with an impressive array of events on the schedule...

Previous destinations

Mango, Abuela, and Me

Mia’s grandmother arrives to live in Mia’s family home, but communication is a problem. Abuela doesn’t speak any English and Mia cannot express herself fluently in Spanish. Enter Mango the parrot, the perfect bilingual learning companion and...

The Rooster Who Would Not Be Quiet!

La Paz is a very lively, noisy village until the villagers elect a new mayor. Silence reigns for seven years under the restrictive Don Pepe, until the arrival of a determined and courageous rooster who loves to sing. Open this book and you’re flung...

Drum Dream Girl

‘Drum Dream Girl’ is inspired by a true story about a Chinese-African-Cuban girl, Millo Castro Zaldarriaga, who loved to play the drums and fulfilled her dream despite the odds stacked against her. Cuba leapt out as a must-go-soon...

Cuba

Cuba has a youth and adult literacy rate of 100% (or near enough), according to figures from UNICEF. Who knew? Not me! This exceptional score is the result of a nationwide campaign that started back in 1961. The National Literacy Campaign mobilised...