The power of gardens in children’s picture books. A list of favourite titles

I’d like to preserve my daughter’s curiosity and to encourage her interest in the way the world works for as long as I could but on the other hand I want her to understand the force of nature and to realize its magnificence. Yesterday I was reading an article in the newspaper stating that the… Continue reading The power of gardens in children’s picture books. A list of favourite titles

Elin Kelsey’s You Are Stardust encourages our return to nature, exploring the amazing connections we have with our planet

Elin Kelsey, You Are Stardust. Artwork by Soyeon Kim Published 2012 by Owlkids Books, 32p   You Are Stardust is a beautiful picture book that blends poetry and science to explore the amazing connections we have with the planet that we inhabit. How else to better teach children about the world than by showing them… Continue reading Elin Kelsey’s You Are Stardust encourages our return to nature, exploring the amazing connections we have with our planet

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

Sea by Mark Laita: a stunning collection of sea creature portraits that illustrate the fascinating world beneath the surface and reveal the unknown beauty of the deep

Mark Laita, Sea Published 2011 by Hachette Australia (first published 2011 in USA by Abrams), 200p I am not a good swimmer and I am afraid of water. The infinity of the ocean scares me as everything else that I cannot understand or anticipate. I admire Australia’s wilderness and its pristine landscapes but I will… Continue reading Sea by Mark Laita: a stunning collection of sea creature portraits that illustrate the fascinating world beneath the surface and reveal the unknown beauty of the deep

A River by Marc Martin is a poetical invitation to escape the daily urban reality and rediscover primordial nature

Marc Martin, A River Printed 2015 by Viking Penguin, 36p   Marc Martin is an Australian illustrator and author of several books that celebrate the beauty of nature and life. His latest book, A River, is a visual delectation, a meticulously designed book that overlaps the flow of a river on the flow of existence,… Continue reading A River by Marc Martin is a poetical invitation to escape the daily urban reality and rediscover primordial nature

I am happy to have discovered Isabel Minhós Martins’ books

Isabel Minhós Martins, Bernardo Carvalho, Coming and Going Published 2014 by Tate Publishing, 48p   The first book I have read by Isabel Minhós Martins, The World in a Second, is practically  a collection of illustrations that capture human events happening at the same time, in a second, around the world.  Very thoughtful, the book… Continue reading I am happy to have discovered Isabel Minhós Martins’ books

In an era of systematic environmental destruction, Jean Giono’s story praises human generosity and inspires the rediscovery of creativity and sustainability

Jean Giono, The Man Who Planted Trees Published 2015 by Harvill Secker, a Penguin Random House Company (first published 1953), 56p   To see a human being reveal really exceptional qualities one must be able to observe his activities over many years. If these activities are completely unselfish; if the idea motivating them is unique… Continue reading In an era of systematic environmental destruction, Jean Giono’s story praises human generosity and inspires the rediscovery of creativity and sustainability