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Grandma’s List

Fatima offers to take care of her grandma’s to-do list. She is determined to save the day, but how will she manage when she loses the list? Fatima is eight-and-a-half and does not want to be treated as a child. In fact...

Wilbert

Rat is playing hide-and-seek with her friend Wilbert. Will Crocodile be able to help Rat find him? At first glance, Wilbert is a short, easy read. Everything about the book is simply laid out, from the one-word title to...

Cry, Heart, But Never Break

Four children live with their ailing grandmother in a small snug house. One day, Death arrives to take her away from them. Four anxious young children are sitting around a kitchen table. Their grandmother lies on her...

Denmark

I was inspired to look into picture books from Denmark by this post from 2017. It features a list of 10 fabulous titles recommended by the Nordic embassies in London. Three of the books are by Danish authors, Jakob...

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The Mushroom Fan Club

An entertaining and informative look at mushrooms – where to find them, how to recognise them and what (not) to do with them.  A couple of years ago, I remember walking along the lakeshore and ooo-ing and aah-ing...

Up the Mountain

Mrs Badger lives at the foot of Sugar Loaf mountain and every Sunday she climbs to the top, greeting her many friends on the way. One day she befriends Leo a young cat, who becomes her regular walking companion. As Mrs...

Wild Berries

A grandmother and her young grandson go blueberry picking in the woods in this gentle tale by Cree-Métis author, illlustrator and artist Julie Flett. Some illustrators have an instantly recognisable style and Julie...

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Fula’alo

A collection of poems in two volumes with individual reflections on family, friends, life and the beauty of the Solomon Islands. I was thrilled to find this collection of poems by Solomon Islands author Roselyn Osiabu...

Solomon Islands

About a year ago, when I was researching picture books from Tonga, I stumbled on a couple of collections of poems by Roselyn Osiabu Efawane Maneipuri, an author and academic from Solomon Islands in a fabulous online...

The Forest

The forest of life starts small with a young grove of pine trees, but it grows thicker and more complex as the explorers progress on their journey. This stunning book invites reflection on the essence of the human...

What Does the Crocodile Say?

Little croc is off to daycare for the first time and he’s not very happy about it. But he soon discovers there is plenty to enjoy in his new environment. Sending a young child to daycare can be an emotional time for...

On a Magical Do-Nothing Day

It’s a wet and seemingly boring day. A young child* accidentally drops a game console in a freezing cold pond, but then discovers that the natural world is a magical place of beauty and discovery. Gosh, it has not been...

Italy

Destination Italy, but where are all the picture books, I wondered? My initial searches turned up only a handful of contemporary titles in translation. One of my favourite starting points for research is UK-based site...