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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...

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...

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Alpha, le petit cireur (Alpha, the shoeshine boy)

Alpha, le petit cireur (Alpha, the shoeshine boy) is one in a series of four picture books by Boubacar 1er Diallo about children in Guinea who work to support their families. Some, like Alpha, shine shoes; others tout for business, sell small items...

Fatime, Fatou, Fatoumata

Fatime, Fatou, Fatoumata is a beautifully simple picture book dedicated to little girls all over the world. The wording is simple and rhythmic; notes on the back-cover focus on its ‘music’ comparing the text to a score with two voices. Each page...

Le voyage de papa (Daddy’s trip)

Bobo wakes up to find his father has gone away without saying goodbye. He finds it hard to deal with Papa’s absence and spends the whole day talking about him. And, he ensures he is the first to greet him on his return home. Le voyage de papa...

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Maximus Musicus visits the orchestra

A mouse finds shelter from the snow in a concert hall. As the musicians set up for a rehearsal, he discovers the sights and sounds of the orchestra, followed by the excitement of a live performance. This picture book is accompanied by a CD narration...

A fortnight before Christmas

Grýla, a bad-tempered mountain troll, finds a sled hidden in the snow. She discovers that racing downhill on the ‘whizzy thing’ is a lot of fun, especially with her 13 sons there to push her back up to the top afterwards. Eventually, they too are...

Iceland

For a country with a population of just 300,000, Iceland does a phenomenal job of publishing books. According to a BBC News Magazine article, Iceland “has more writers, more books published and more books read, per head, than anywhere else in the...