Caldecott Medalist Mordicai Gerstein applauds the magic of the night, sending an invitation to celebrate darkness and its particularities

Mordicai Gerstein, The Night World Published 2015 by Little, Brown and Company   One night when I was four, I awoke in the dark. I called to my father: “Daddy, I have to pee!” He carried me to the bathroom, but on the way back to bed, we went through the kitchen. Out the window,… Continue reading Caldecott Medalist Mordicai Gerstein applauds the magic of the night, sending an invitation to celebrate darkness and its particularities

Priscilla and the Sandman: a story about the importance of reading to children before bedtime and the way storytelling nurtures imagination

Anders Roseberg, Priscilla and the Sandman. Illustrated by Danilo Parajes, Anders Roseberg Published 2016, 32p   As most parents who change priorities the moment they have a child in their lives, Anders Roseberg was fascinated with his daughter, Priscilla. He invented songs, games and eventually this book.  Everything came naturally, after attentive observation of Priscilla’s… Continue reading Priscilla and the Sandman: a story about the importance of reading to children before bedtime and the way storytelling nurtures imagination

They All Saw A Cat: a reminder that perspective is subjective, an ingenious picture book that awakens the sense of reality

Brendan Wenzel, They All Saw A Cat Published 2016 by Chronicle Books   Yesterday while I was in the train on my way back home I heard a discussion between three men. They were all in their late 60’s; two were friends and were going home after a bicycle ride in Darling Harbour and the… Continue reading They All Saw A Cat: a reminder that perspective is subjective, an ingenious picture book that awakens the sense of reality

I Didn’t Do It: a poetical picture book that celebrates puppies and the joyfulness of childhood

Patricia MacLachlan, Emily MacLachlan Charest, I Didn’t Do It. Illustrated by Katy Schneider Published 2010 by Katherine Tegen Books, an Imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 32p   Mother and daughter, Patricia and Emily MacLachlan, together with illustrator Katy Schneider create a second picture book dedicated to puppies (the first was Once I Ate a Pie). More… Continue reading I Didn’t Do It: a poetical picture book that celebrates puppies and the joyfulness of childhood

The Storm Whale in Winter: a beautiful sequel to The Storm Whale and a powerful lesson of friendship and courage; an excellent choice for a Christmas present

Benji Davies, The Storm Whale in Winter Published 2016 by Simon and Schuster, 32p     It is not summer yet and Sydney is already confronting the strength of the sun; I love to see people’s happiness and their holiday mood but I cannot associate the decorations in the stores and the trees with this… Continue reading The Storm Whale in Winter: a beautiful sequel to The Storm Whale and a powerful lesson of friendship and courage; an excellent choice for a Christmas present

The Dead Bird: a heartwarming story that illustrates death as a natural stage in our lives, reiterating the idea that children need to be told the truth and not to be offered unrealistic explanations about loss

Margaret Wise Brown, The Dead Bird. Pictures by Christian Robinson Published 2016 by Harper, 32p Written in 1938, first published in 1958 after Margaret Wise Brown’s death, reissued in 2016 this picture book is a classic. Some might consider the story inappropriate for children as it deals with death and we want the little ones to feel… Continue reading The Dead Bird: a heartwarming story that illustrates death as a natural stage in our lives, reiterating the idea that children need to be told the truth and not to be offered unrealistic explanations about loss

Katja Gehrmann’s Goose the Bear speaks about identity and the emotional lives of animals, offering a stimulation to reconsider our perspective when regarding parenting/ adoption

Katja Gehrmann, Goose the Bear Published 2014 by Sky Pony Press, 40 p. Translated by Connie Stradling Morby   I am not sure if there is a real growth in parenting studies or it is just me discovering them now as I am directly interested in the subject but it is intriguing to see the… Continue reading Katja Gehrmann’s Goose the Bear speaks about identity and the emotional lives of animals, offering a stimulation to reconsider our perspective when regarding parenting/ adoption