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Across the Tumen: A North Korean Kkotjebi Boy’s Quest

As North Korea undergoes a devastating famine, Yeong-dae loses both his parents and is forced to beg on the streets. Soon, this young boy sets off on a desperate journey to China to find his sister—his last living family member. Captured by the authorities, he is sent back to the North, where he is thrown […]

Other Descriptors: Intermediate (ages 9-14), Korea, Realistic Fiction » Themes: , » Leave a comment

The Tiny Wish

Springtime has arrived in the mountains. The thawed streams rush, flowers bloom, and Anja is eager to explore it all. When Anja wishes to be tiny to win a game of hide-and-seek, her wish comes true! Just a few inches tall, she must find her way home with the help of some new animal friends.

Other Descriptors: Early Years (ages 2-6), Norway, Picture Book » Themes: , , , » Leave a comment

The London Jungle Book

The book is a visual travelogue that both mimics and subverts the typical colonial encounter. With radical innocence and great sophistication, Bhajju brings the signs of the Gond forest to bear on the city, turning London into an exotic jungle, a clever beastiary. The London Underground becomes a sinuous snake, Big Ben transforms into a […]

Other Descriptors: Awards, India, Intermediate (ages 9-14), Nonfiction, Picture Book » Themes: , , » Leave a comment

My Heart is Laughing

This is a story about Dani, who’s always happy. She’s unhappy too, now and then, but she doesn’t count those times. But she does miss her best friend Ella who moved to another town. Since then no one is allowed to sit at Ella’s desk. She’s not one to give up hope, even when everything […]

Other Descriptors: Awards, Fiction, Primary (ages 6-9), Realistic Fiction, Sweden » Themes: , , , , , » Leave a comment

Hope Is A Girl Selling Fruit

On a train journey to a large city, a young woman notices a very poor girl. Who is she? Where is she going? What does her future hold? Hope Is a Girl Selling Fruit is a gentle, reflective account of a young woman’s thoughts and feelings as she comes into contact with the larger world. […]

Other Descriptors: Awards, India, Intermediate (ages 9-14), Picture Book » Themes: , , , , , , » Leave a comment

I Remember Beirut

Zeina Abirached grew up in Beirut in the 1980s as fighting between Christians and Muslims divided the city streets. With striking black-and-white artwork, Abirached recalls the details of ordinary life inside a war zone.

Other Descriptors: Awards, Graphic Novel, Historical Fiction, Intermediate (ages 9-14), Lebanon, Picture Book » Themes: , , » Leave a comment


These are dark times for a small mouse. A new invention—the mechanical mousetrap—has caused all of the mice but one to flee to America, the land of the free. But with cats guarding the steamships, trans-Atlantic crossings are no longer safe. In the bleakest of places the one remaining mouse has a brilliant idea. He […]

Other Descriptors: Awards, Germany, Picture Book, Primary (ages 6-9) » Themes: , , , , , » Leave a comment

Once A Shepherd

Here is the tale of Tom Shepherd, tending his lambs and shearing their fleece and wooing his sweetheart, who weaves the sheep’s wool to make him a coat. But then the Great War comes, and Tom must leave his beloved wife and his unborn child and go off to fight.

Other Descriptors: Australia, Awards, Picture Book, Primary (ages 6-9), Realistic Fiction » Themes: , , , , , , , » Leave a comment


Celia, the town listener, collects a seed from each person who shares a problem with her, so when Julian loses his seed on the way to see her, he is unable to let go of his sadness.

Other Descriptors: Awards, Early Years (ages 2-6), France, Picture Book » Themes: , , , , , , » Leave a comment

Fox’s Garden

One snowy night, a fox loses its way, entering a village. Chased away by the grown ups, Fox takes shelter in a greenhouse. A little boy sees this from his window. Without hesitating, he brings a basket of food to the greenhouse, where he leaves it for the fox. His gift is noticed and the […]

Other Descriptors: Awards, Germany, Picture Book, Primary (ages 6-9), Wordless Book » Themes: , , , , » Leave a comment
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