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

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

The Incredible Book Eating Boy by Oliver Jeffers: a meditation on the importance of books for intellectual development and the need to filter the everyday information

Oliver Jeffers, The Incredible Book Eating Boy Published 2006 by Harper Collins, 32 p   Following Oliver Jeffers’s literary activity I understood one significant thing – no matter what he writes about, at a certain point he will return to writing about books, about their essential significance in our lives and about the way they… Continue reading The Incredible Book Eating Boy by Oliver Jeffers: a meditation on the importance of books for intellectual development and the need to filter the everyday information

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

Du Iz Tak?: an example of how literature can generate new linguistic and imaginary possibilities, a beautiful story about the complexity and regenerative potential of life

Carson Ellis, Du Iz Tak? Published 2016 by Candlewick Press   Carson Ellis, the creator of Home, a very talented artist with extremely creative capacity and intelligence, explores in her second book, Du Iz Tak?, the principles of existence of the micro universes, smaller copies of the human world, following the cycle of life and… Continue reading Du Iz Tak?: an example of how literature can generate new linguistic and imaginary possibilities, a beautiful story about the complexity and regenerative potential of life