Book Reviews

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Fun Stories by Special Kids for Kids

Fun Stories by Special Kids for Kids

Marione Malimba

Fun stories for children to enjoy, all written by disabled and terminally ill children, and translated into English.

The Grand Hotel of Feelings

The Grand Hotel of Feelings

Lidia Branković

At the Grand Hotel of Feelings, any feeling is welcomed and accommodated for, and this beautifully illustrated book smoothly navigates the complexities of emotional management.

Slow Down: Bring Calm to a Busy World with 50 Nature Stories

Slow Down: Bring Calm to a Busy World with 50 Nature Stories

Rachel Williams, illus. Freya Hartas

Slow Down inspires children to observe the daily magical transformations of nature unfolding right in front of them.

Alte Zachen

Alte Zachen

Ziggy Hanaor, illus. Benjamin Phillips

Set in modern New York City, Alte Zachen is an intergenerational graphic novel about Jewish identity, memory, and nostalgia.

Mom is Hiding

Mom is Hiding

Qian Mo, illus. Zhou Yi, transl. Helen Wang

A reassuring story of a six-year girl whose lifestyle is about to change as her mum self-isolates after a potential exposure to COVID-19 at the grocery store.

Sea Change: Save the Ocean

Sea Change: Save the Ocean

Edited by Tobias Hickey

Original postcard images from fifty international illustrators capture the beauty of oceanic life and the urgency of the dangers and threats to its future.

The Most Famous Rhinoceros

The Most Famous Rhinoceros

Diane Hofmeyr, illus. Simona Mulazzani

A moving and beautiful story inspired by Albrecht Dürer’s famous woodcut print of the rhinoceros sent from India to Portugal in 1515.

Stolen History: The Truth about the British Empire and How It Shaped Us

Stolen History: The Truth about the British Empire and How It Shaped Us

Sathnam Sanghera, illus. Jen Khatun

An accessible and engaging introduction to history, facts and perspectives on the British Empire for readers of 9 plus by the author of the bestselling "Empireland: How Imperialism has shaped Modern Britain" (Penguin, 2021).

Through the Forest

Through the Forest

Yijing Li

A young boy finds himself lost in a deep, dark forest. He is searching for something, but he doesn’t know what. But then he meets a ghost-like figure called Emptiness who joins him and guides him through the forest... A gentle tale about the healing power of memories.

Our Rights: Stories and Poems About Children’s Rights

Our Rights: Stories and Poems About Children’s Rights

Edited by Jake Hope

"Can you imagine a world where all children grow up in peace? Here is a book that celebrates the rights of the child, and what it means to be a child."

Literally: Amazing Words and Where They Come From

Literally: Amazing Words and Where They Come From

Patrick Skipworth, illus. Nicholas Stevenson

From France to Japan, India to Brazil, East Africa to Hawaii, English words are rich with global connections. Explore the way in which 12 well-known words have changed meanings over time or space.

The Pebble

The Pebble

Marius Marcinkevičius, illus. Inga Dagilè, transl. Jūra Avižienis

This moving story about the Holocaust is built around the Jewish tradition of using stones to remember the dead. It focuses on hope and friendship as a way of looking into one of the darkest times in history.