Planet Picture Book

Archive - November 2017

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...

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...

Guinea

Guinea captured my attention when its capital Conakry became UNESCO World Book Capital for 2017. Conakry is home to a new national library, renovation work is underway on another destroyed by fire in 2012, and there are ambitious plans to build a...