Julian Is a Mermaid by Jessica Love: a warm story about the importance of family support in children’s lives

Jessica Love, Julian Is A Mermaid Published 2018 by Walker Books, 32p   We all experience moments of confusion and anxiety but as a parent and as an employee in a school I think one of the essential duties is to control emotions and find the inner balance so as to be able to build… Continue reading Julian Is a Mermaid by Jessica Love: a warm story about the importance of family support in children’s lives

Ocean Meets Sky by The Fan Brothers: an introspective picture book about losing a grand-parent and about the special relationship children have with the ones that tell them stories

The Fan Brothers, Ocean Meets Sky Published 2018 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 40p I first encountered The Fan Brothers’s work when I read The Night Gardener (which I included on my list of favourite picture books about gardens); their artwork is just marvelous – lyrical, with no limits to imagination, while… Continue reading Ocean Meets Sky by The Fan Brothers: an introspective picture book about losing a grand-parent and about the special relationship children have with the ones that tell them stories

The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown: a classic picture book that illustrates the endless love and devotion of a mother

Margaret Wise Brown, The Runaway Bunny. Illustrated by Clement Hurd Published 2013 by HarperCollins Children’s Books. First published in US in 1942. 40p. In limba romana: Iepurasul care voia sa fuga de acasa, Editura Arthur Since I have started working in schools for children with special needs and schools for students that have behavior problems… Continue reading The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown: a classic picture book that illustrates the endless love and devotion of a mother

Published in 1936, The Story of Ferdinand written by Munro Leaf and illustrated by Robert Lawson defied time and politics, becoming a classic of children’s literature

Munro Leaf, The Story of Ferdinand. Illustrated by Robert Lawson Published 2017 by Faber And Faber. First published in the US in 1936 by The Viking Press, 44p. In limba romana: Taurasul Ferdinand, Editura Arthur I don’t remember exactly how old I was when I first heard The Story of Ferdinand but it was certainly… Continue reading Published in 1936, The Story of Ferdinand written by Munro Leaf and illustrated by Robert Lawson defied time and politics, becoming a classic of children’s literature

Hallelujah Anyway by Anne Lamott: a collection of essays that encourage the rediscovery of mercy in times when we feel we lost connection and hope

Anne Lamott, Hallelujah Anyway. Redescovering Mercy Published 2017 by Riverhead Books, 176p I haven’t completely resonated with Hallelujah Anyway as I don’t consider myself a very religious person and the book mixes the writer’s personal experiences with stories from the Bible but Anne Lamott is such a warm, honest and intelligent writer that I simply… Continue reading Hallelujah Anyway by Anne Lamott: a collection of essays that encourage the rediscovery of mercy in times when we feel we lost connection and hope

Australian artist Anne Spudvilas retells the classic ballet by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky in a stunningly illustrated picture book

Anne Spudvilas, Swan Lake Published by Allen & Unwin in 2017, 32p   Inspired by the riverscape of the Murray-Darling where her home is, talented Australian artist Anne Spudvilas reimagines the classic ballet Swan Lake by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, the tragic story of Odette, the princess turned into a swan by an evil sorcerer. There… Continue reading Australian artist Anne Spudvilas retells the classic ballet by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky in a stunningly illustrated picture book

Spanish artist Guridi illustrates the power of words and the magic of storytelling in Once Upon a Time, a delightful, monochromatic picture book

Guridi, Once upon a Time Published in English in 2017 by Tate Publishing (first published in Spanish in 2016), 32p   Bard, as his name suggested, was a man that loved words from the very beginning. He lived in a village where people appreciated his talent to play with words and transform “the most ordinary… Continue reading Spanish artist Guridi illustrates the power of words and the magic of storytelling in Once Upon a Time, a delightful, monochromatic picture book