Poet Ted Kooser explores the tension between human and nature in a poetic story, beautifully illustrated by Jon Klassen

Ted Koose, House Held Up By Trees. Illustrated by Jon Klassen Published 2012 by Candlewick Press, 32p   Ted Kooser’s House Held Up By Trees is an impressive story that reminds us about the power of nature and the tension that erupts as consequence of human effort to tame the wild. A man and his… Continue reading Poet Ted Kooser explores the tension between human and nature in a poetic story, beautifully illustrated by Jon Klassen

Isabel Minhós Martins and Bernardo P. Carvalho illustrate the concepts of dictatorship and democracy in a picture book that encourages explaining children the importance of an active civic role

Isabel Minhós Martins, Bernardo P. Carvalho, Don’t Cross The Line! Translated by Daniel Hahn Published 2016 by Gecko Press (First published in Portuguese in 2014), 40p   It is crucial to tell children about their civic rights and to encourage them to become active citizens. A healthy democracy is built with high and active participation… Continue reading Isabel Minhós Martins and Bernardo P. Carvalho illustrate the concepts of dictatorship and democracy in a picture book that encourages explaining children the importance of an active civic role

Can I Build Another Me? by Shinsuke Yoshitake: a philosophical, amusing picture book on selfhood and the importance of individuality

Shinsuke Yoshitake, Can I Build Another Me? Published 2016 by Thames and Hudson (first published 2014), 32p   Can I Build Another Me? is one of those so well written and profound picture books that dare to explore big, philosophical concepts in such a hilarious and inventive way, that by the time you finish reading it,… Continue reading Can I Build Another Me? by Shinsuke Yoshitake: a philosophical, amusing picture book on selfhood and the importance of individuality

The Japanese concept of Ma or the sound of silence

Katrina Goldsaito, The Sound of Silence. Illustrated by Julia Kuo Published 2016 by Little, Brown and Company, 40p The Japanese have a beautiful concept of silence – Ma. It defines the pause between sounds, the moments of quietness in music, conversation and storytelling. The Japanese embraced the concept even in their lifestyle, valuing minimalism and… Continue reading The Japanese concept of Ma or the sound of silence

Peter Brown illustrates the monsterness of teachers in a sweet story that demonstrates how getting to know a person can change preconceptions

Peter Brown, My Teacher Is a Monster! No, I Am Not. Published 2014 by Little, Brown and Company, 36p   It is fascinating to analyze how children see the grown-ups, the way they perceive the behavior and reactions of family, educators or strangers. This morning, on our way to school, Ema asked me if the… Continue reading Peter Brown illustrates the monsterness of teachers in a sweet story that demonstrates how getting to know a person can change preconceptions

Tell Me A Tattoo Story: a sensitive picture book on the importance of memories and the way tattoos can describe one’s personal history

Alison McGhee, Tell Me A Tattoo Story. Illustrated by Eliza Wheeler Published 2016 by Chronicle Books, 32p   We are our memory Jorge Luis Borges used to say. Dutifully, we tend to suppress the unpleasant and painful details of our lives and fill our memory with images and projections of events that fulfill us and… Continue reading Tell Me A Tattoo Story: a sensitive picture book on the importance of memories and the way tattoos can describe one’s personal history

All the Wild Wonders. Poems of our Earth: never forget to celebrate the wonders of our planet

All the Wild Wonders. Poems of our Earth. Edited by Wendy Cooling. Illustrated by Piet Grobler Published 2010 by Frances Lincoln Children’s Books, 48p   Call me naïve but I still believe that we can educate the younger generations to respect and love our planet. It is not easy but we are all in search of… Continue reading All the Wild Wonders. Poems of our Earth: never forget to celebrate the wonders of our planet