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Sweden

Children’s literature is BIG in Sweden! Every tenth book published in the nation is a children’s book according to this hugely informative article on the official site of Sweden. And there is no shortage of picture books either: the genre enjoys ‘a...

Ti Koko and Kush Kush

Ti Koko is a happy little coconut tree until disaster strikes in the form of man and machines. Kush Kush, a wise yam, reassures the tearful tree and encourages him to stand firm and reach high. Open the pages of this picture book and the reader is...

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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...