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Maisie’s Scrapbook

Maisie’s parents are different from each other in many respects, but they both love their young daughter the same way. Maisie’s Scrapbook shines a light on the joys of bringing up a child in a mixed-race family...

Ghana

Have you taken up the #ReadGhanaian challenge? Launched last year by Ghanaian American book blogger and dental student Darkowaa, the challenge involves reading at least five books by authors of Ghanaian descent in 2019...

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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...

Vitello Scratches a Car

When Vitello accidentally makes a long scratch in his mum’s nearly new car, he realises he is in big trouble. Vitello lives with his Mum. He’s a bit of a scamp, but his mischievous nature will likely endear him to many...

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...

Previous destinations

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...

Canada

It was high time this picture book journey headed back to North America! So here we are, in Canada, a country where there is no shortage of picture books and where the list of talented authors and illustrators could run...

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...