Planet Picture Book

Archive - August 2017

Malaysia

My paternal grandparents were based in Malaysia in the mid-1970s around the time I was born. I don’t remember them talking much about their life there when I was little. But I do remember thinking that Malaysia sounded like an exciting, exotic...

Mama’s Nightingale

Saya’s mother is in a detention centre in the United States because she does not have the right papers. Saya misses her, but is comforted by the sound of Mama’s voice on weekly cassette recordings. One day, she decides to write her story to...

Je suis fou de Vava

Je suis fou de Vava (I’m crazy about Vava) is the story of one summer in the life of Vieux Os, a ten-year-old boy from Haiti. He lives with his grandmother, loves his dog and red bicycles, rescues drowning ants, and believes the sky is blue because...

Eight Days: A Story of Haiti

A huge earthquake strikes Port-au-Prince in Haiti. Seven-year-old Junior is pulled from under the rubble that was once his house after being trapped for eight days. He tells the media how he resorted to his imagination to survive his ordeal. Eight...

Haiti

So we hop 11,505 km (it’s a long hop) from Samoa in the South Pacific to another very different island in the Caribbean Sea: Haiti. Haiti has a rich literary history, but publishers only started taking an interest in children’s books in the late...

Fiapule

A young Samoan boy Fiapule has been invited to his best friend’s birthday party. Then, he finds out that his sister’s christening is the same day. This picture book discusses his dilemma: should he choose his friend over his family? Fiapule is...

The Magic Seashell

Masina lives a lonely existence on a small island in the Pacific Ocean after being lost at sea in a storm. One day, she finds a special seashell that provides a connection with her former life and loved ones. The Magic Seashell is a longer picture...