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The Field

Two young Saint Lucian children gather their friends together for a spontaneous game of soccer – and nothing can dampen their enthusiasm, not even a heavy downpour of rain! I’ll admit it, I am not the biggest soccer* fan in the world, but the...

Saint Lucia

Much has been written about Saint Lucia as the perfect Caribbean island destination, with its sandy beaches, stunning peaks and scuba diving locations.*  Far less has been penned about picture books by Saint Lucian writers. Not being one to give up...

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Sara’s Quest

Sara wants to hold a birthday party for her ailing grandfather. The problem is how many candles should she put on his cake? No-one seems to agree on how old her grandfather is! Sara explores key events in Ethiopian history to find out his true age. ...

Q&A with Tsion Kiros of Midako Publishing

Tsion Kiros is the founder of Midako Publishing, a children’s book publisher based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Since 2014, Midako Publishing has released more than 200 titles written in Ethiopian languages, such as Amharic and Oromo, as well as...

Ready Set Read Stories from Ethiopia

This is an attractive collection of three short, simple illustrated stories inspired by wise sayings from Ethiopia. The text is bilingual (Amharic/English). Ready Set Read Stories from Ethiopia: Volume 1 is an attractive collection of three short...

Previous destinations

Is It Big or Is It Little?

In this fun, highly visual little picture book, a mouse flees a cat and introduces the reader to a series of relative terms, such as big/small and deep/shallow along the way. Let’s end our Colombia sojourn with this gem of a book by Claudia Rueda. I...

As Time Went By

This story follows the changing fortunes of a steamship and those aboard her. From luxury vessel to merchant ship, fishing boat and eventual abandonment, we witness her varying guises and subsequent rescue by a group of people who have also lost...

Walk with Me

In ‘Walk with Me’, a young girl asks a lion to accompany her on the long walk home from school. On the way, as they collect her brother from daycare and food from the grocery store, we learn about the hardships facing her and her family and her...

Colombia

Last September, just a few months after starting this picture book journey, I discovered it was World Kid Lit month, an online celebration of children’s and YA books in translation. Imagine, a whole month of posts, lists and recommendations! I...

Four More to Explore

As some of you know, I seem to have amassed a stack of fabulous titles for the Pakistani leg of this picture book adventure. I’ve already shared a couple of lovely picture books published by Oxford University Press in Pakistan. Now, let’s take a...

Suraj the Tiger Cub

This colourful picture book starring a tiger cub in the jungle contains three short stories that cover topics faced by many children: fears, lack of friends, and bullying. Suraj is a cute looking tiger cub, who I think will young readers (in...

Amai and the Banyan Tree

Amai and the Banyan Tree is a bilingual picture book in English and Urdu that focuses on the importance of trees in our environment. It is a fictional title, featuring talking trees, a bird that can transform into a shooting star and two young...

Pakistan

Information on children’s book publishing in Pakistan is hard to come by. And it’s a trend across the industry according to this 2017 article from Publishing Perspectives. The same article, however, provides valuable information about educational...