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

The Blue Whale: a meditative nonfiction picture book that celebrates “the largest living creature on our planet”

Jenni Desmond, The Blue Whale Published 2015 by Enchanted Lion Books, 48p   The Blue Whale is an amazing book and what makes it special is the captivating blending of scientific facts with a sensitive and warm presentation, leading to an immediate interest of readers in the life of blue whales, “magnificent and intelligent creatures” how… Continue reading The Blue Whale: a meditative nonfiction picture book that celebrates “the largest living creature on our planet”

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