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In Search Of The Little Prince

For the last seventy years, The Little Prince has captured the imaginations of readers around the world. This lyrical picture book biography tells the story of its author, Antoine de Saint-Exupery.

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

A Pond Full Of Ink

This delightful collection of poems offers children and the young at heart a refreshing, inventive look at the world from the well-known Dutch author, Annie Schmidt. The rollicking poems tell the stories of such intriguing characters as three elderly otters who long to go boating but find themselves biking instead, animated furniture that comes to […]

Other Descriptors: Awards, Netherlands, Picture Book, Poetry, Primary (ages 6-9) » 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

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

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

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

End Of The Line

Five-year-old Beatrix looks on in horror as the soldier forces her mother off the tram. It is 1942 in Amsterdam, and everyone knows what happens to Jews who are taken away by the Nazis. The soldier turns his attention to Beatrix, when suddenly, the ticket-taker, Lars Gorter, blurts out that she is his niece. With […]

Other Descriptors: Awards, Canada, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Intermediate (ages 9-14) » 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


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

Mr. Frank

On his last day before retirement, Mr. Frank is sewing the most wonderful outfit of his long career. Who could it be for? In all his years working as a tailor, Mr. Frank has made all kinds of clothes. From the practical uniforms of the 1940s to the wild and weird designs of the 1960s […]

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