Francesca Sanna symbolically recreates the journey of a family of refugees, illustrating the paradoxes, turmoils and fears of our time

Francesca Sanna, The Journey Published 2016 by Flying Eye Books   One of the most sensitive and realistic picture books published in 2016 is Francesca Sanna’s The Journey. In a time when we are scandalized and hurt by the world’s socio-political events, this little book becomes a manifesto, questioning the human behavior and appealing to… Continue reading Francesca Sanna symbolically recreates the journey of a family of refugees, illustrating the paradoxes, turmoils and fears of our time

What Makes A Baby: an honest, contemporary book about reproduction and identity, a useful guide for parents to explain these notions to children

Cory Silverberg, What Makes A Baby. Illustrated by Fiona Smyth Published 2012 by Seven Stories Press, 36p     I come from a country that is still trying to find its way to a democratic existence, a society that is continuously fighting its judgmental and prohibiting past. The process is extremely slow, the barriers are… Continue reading What Makes A Baby: an honest, contemporary book about reproduction and identity, a useful guide for parents to explain these notions to children

I Can Be Me by Miriam Laundry: a celebration of individuality and a valuable lesson on the power of words

Miriam Laundry, I Can Be Me. Pictures by Jennifer Julich Published 2016 in Canada, 32p     Pupusas (pronounced poo-Poo-sa) are a traditional Salvadoran dish made of thick, corn tortilla and a variety of fillings. The Salvadoran Civil War forced some of the population to migrate other countries, so the dish was brought to United… Continue reading I Can Be Me by Miriam Laundry: a celebration of individuality and a valuable lesson on the power of words

Where the Sidewalk Ends we find Shel Silverstein and his eccentric universe

Shel Silverstein, Where the Sidewalk Ends. The poems and drawings of Shel Silverstein Published 1974 by Harper & Row, 176p/ In limba romana: Acolo unde nu mai e trotuar, Editura Arthur, 2015 If you are a dreamer, come in, / If you are a dreamer, a wisher, a liar,/ A hope-er, a pray-er, a magic bean buyer…/ If… Continue reading Where the Sidewalk Ends we find Shel Silverstein and his eccentric universe

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore: a wonderful reading experience about the power of storytelling, the magic in books and the extraordinary in libraries

William Joyce, The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore. Illustrated by William Joyce & Joe Bluhm/ Fantasticele carti zburatoare ale Dlui Morris Lessmore, Editura Arthur Printed 2012 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers (first published 2011). 52p Everyone’s story matters.   The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore marks an unusual sequence as… Continue reading The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore: a wonderful reading experience about the power of storytelling, the magic in books and the extraordinary in libraries

A Lion in Paris: a beautiful picture book that introduces City of Light to little readers and explores the process of finding our identity

Beatrice Alemagna, A Lion in Paris English edition first published 2014 by Tate Publishing (First published 2006), 32p   Sometimes I wonder what will happen when Ema grows up and she won’t need me to read her stories or even recommend something… I guess we won’t have so many picture books around but I will… Continue reading A Lion in Paris: a beautiful picture book that introduces City of Light to little readers and explores the process of finding our identity

Why everyone should read Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s The Little Prince, a parable about love, human nature and war

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince/ Micul Print Published 1998 by Penguin Books (First published 1943 by Reynal & Hitchcock), 82 p   Children easily find interests in whimsical pictures, texts that dare to awake their imagination or stories about bravery and kindness. I have no hesitation when saying that a boa constrictor swallowing an… Continue reading Why everyone should read Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s The Little Prince, a parable about love, human nature and war